In School, teachers know exactly what they are going to teach young people each year, and we really should be thinking the same in our churches. We may have a student for 4 or 5 years. What do we want that young person to know in their time in your ministry? Having a long-range approach to curriculum planning helps avoid two common mistakes: 1) teaching on our pet topics over and over again, and 2) falling victim to every new curriculum that comes on to the market.
“Remember a curriculum is a valuable tool in the parish’s nurture of children, but no curriculum by itself can bring about sound and balanced Christian nurture. Christian nurture is so much more than an academic curriculum, but a good well chosen curriculum offered as part of a wider parish effort to include children in the worship and life of the church, can be instrumental in fostering faith and awakening devotion and conscience as well as transmitting information.” Gretchen Wolff Pritchard