Children’s Ministry: 10 keys to evaluate any curriculum

There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly. Choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come.

Here are 10 keys to help you evaluate any curriculum.

1. Bible Literacy

Does the curriculum encourage children to use their own Bibles?

•Kids need to develop the ability to become self-feeders—to open their Bibles and learn what God has to say to them.

2. Relational bonding

Does the curriculum encourage healthy inter-generational and peer relationships?

•Kids need adult mentors and trustworthy role-models who believe in and understand them.

3. Global perspective

Does the curriculum provide opportunities to learn what God is doing around the world?

•Kids need to lift their eyes from themselves and find ways to serve the needs of others.

4. Teacher friendly

Do the Teacher Guides provide easy-to-follow lesson plans with creative activity ideas?

•Teachers who feel confident and excited about the lesson will motivate learners to embrace Biblical truths.

5. Life-change

Does the curriculum encourage genuine life transformation opportunities?

•Kids need to hear the Gospel and respond to Jesus’ call to be His disciples.

6. Church compatibility

Does the curriculum dovetail with your church’s core values and overall direction?

•Leaders need to see how the children’s ministries complement the mission of the entire church.

7. Scope & sequence

Does the curriculum follow a clear plan that ensures your children will receive balanced spiritual growth?

•Kids need exposure to:

  • Sequential Bible Instruction (OT and NT book studies)
  • Skill Formation (practical “how-to” life skills)
  • Missions Worldview Training (Great Commission, cultural studies)
  • Topical Bible Instruction (doctrine, character, etc.)

8. Culturally relevant

Does the curriculum speak to “where children are” in life?

•Kids need to see how the Bible offers wisdom for making good decisions, relates to their needs, and addresses their concerns.

9. Developmentally appropriate

Does the curriculum provide clear learning objectives for each lesson?

•Teachers need to help kids grow in Bible knowledge (mental/cognitive) + Christlike character (emotional/affective) + godly conduct (behavioral/psycho-motor).

10. Church + home

Does the curriculum suggest practical ways parents can become involved in spiritual formation?

•Kids need dads and moms who encourage and reinforce what they are learning at church.

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