Our curriculum isn’t unified
“Our curriculum teaches different lessons for each age group; is there a way to unify the lessons?”
If the CM teachers teach whatever they “feel led” to teach about is a very “sticky” challenge. You want the CM teachers to feel passionate about what they teach, but you also need to verify that the children are getting a broad exposure to the whole Bible. Asking a CM team member to teach the lessons he/she is given might be viewed as “limiting the Spirit.”
“So, Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4: 11-17
A curriculum that “isn’t unified” doesn’t necessarily mean that the Spirit of God isn’t using what is being done. A curriculum that “isn’t unified” is a challenge for the CM leader because he/she cannot verify that the lessons connect to an overall big picture of lessons that cover the whole Bible. Today’s parents want to know what their children will be taught. They want to know that their children will be taught the whole Bible. If a parent asks the CM leader to tell them about the lessons their children will experience, the CM leader can’t do that without a unified curriculum. If the lessons aren’t somehow coordinated or unified, the CM leader can’t share the big picture to the parents. If the current “curriculum” isn’t unified, there might be serious “push back” from some of the CM team if a unified curriculum is presented. The options are to purchase a curriculum that provides a “scope and sequence” of all the lessons for all the age levels; or to create your own curriculum that deals with a planned set of lesson topics. Writing your own curriculum is a very challenging task. It might be easier to find a curriculum that is unified and presents a set of coordinated lessons for the various ages in the CM. For more help, click on the links below.
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