Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
I believe we live in the golden age of church curriculum. I’ve looked at so many great fantastic things over the past few years, that it’s amazing. It’s sincerely hard to put my finger down on exactly the best one. But do I really have to? Wouldn’t each individual and organization need to make their own choice, based on their own needs?
I’ve noticed an embarrassing trend over the past few years. There is a battle being waged over which curriculum is the best. Is it virtue-based teaching? Is it chronological biblical storytelling? Is it gospel-centered teaching? Large Groups with videos, or large groups with skits? Or should large groups go away, and we invest 100% in small groups?
The thing is I don’t find the following questions to have “either/or” answers. There are some great materials, and each church has to decide which model they will use. I’ve heard Andy Stanley make a quote that goes something like this, “We are married to the vision, but we just date the models.” The models will change, and the curriculum will change as well. The crazy part is that if you really look at all different curriculums, you’ll find that they have way more in common than they have not in common. I’ve chosen what is best for my church at this moment in time, but I also recognize that other churches will choose something different for their church in this moment in time as well.
We don’t have to blow someone else’s candle out to make ours shine brighter. I believe this can happen, and I see some early signs of collaboration happening between writing teams. I dream of a day when pastors, leaders, and curriculum writers could sincerely cheer each others success; and back that up by toning down the rhetoric on both sides of either argument.
We can do this right?