Scope and Sequence Curriculum

Do you have any ideas for your favorite “scope and sequence” programming that is an answer to Free Church Confirmation/Catechism other than BIC or BRICK? 

 

The newest example I have seen of this is in Andy Stanley’s book called The Seven Checkpoints.  It is found in one of the Appendices.  The one that I have used for years is called The Handbook for Christian Maturity by Dr Bill Bright.

--John Bogle

 

We're currently using BRICK, but in the past I've used Bruce & Stan's Guide to God and Bruce & Stan's Guide to the Bible in the past.  They're books, not curriculum, though, so I wrote my own stuff to go with it.  The books are extremely well-written - easy enough for a 7th grader to understand and interesting enough for a 7th grader to want to read it.  The problem is that they're out of print.  The publisher reprinted them under the title Knowing the Bible 101 and Knowing God 101.  It's the same material, but more of an adult format.  The publisher's reason for this is because they thought the other books were too junior-highish.  Go figure.

--Brad Aust

 

The only think I can share is what I’m doing in middle school. Yet, we’re in the process of changing this up a bit in the near future:

 

6&7 grade girl and guys are in two separate classes.  The classes are on a two year rotation of content: year one = Time line overview of the OT. Year two = focus on prophets & character studies.

 

8th grade is a combined class with guys and girls. 1sem we do Gospels / life of Christ. 2sem we do Early Church/Book of Acts/ Life of Paul

--Steve Bellingar

 

We have a book that we have developed call “A Generation of God Followers”

--Glenn Olson

 

I am trying Student Life Bible Study and it looks really good, the only thing is they of course don't do the EFCA doctrine and what we believe.

--Kyle Wiens

 

I was a part of a church that merged all graduating 8th graders(confirmation) and adults in a 13 week series.  The group would meet 2 times for dinner together within those 13 weeks, 1 week for local church history and at the end the Senior Pastor would give a Spiritual Gift Inventory per person(interview style) to engage people into the life of the church.  It was a hard shift at first, but it was really successful-for salvation, membership, and ministry growth.  It was Spiritual Entrepreneurs by Mike Slaughter.

--Derek Wadsworth

 

FOLLOW UP QUESTION

I have a question that ties in with the scope and sequence program question.  Does anyone have a 4 year plan set up, or a scope and sequence that can be used to take up where BRICK leaves off?  This would be for the 9-12 grade age group.  Everyone I've talked to so far seem to do the same thing we're doing (assess where they are, find holes in Biblical training and world view, and set up studies to fill in the gaps). 

 

Any suggestions for a 4 year plan for high schoolers?

 

Scope & Sequence – (including Senior High)

 

This year we have started using Encounter Curriculum by Standard publishing. They have both a Jr. High and High School Curriculum but it is a three year scope and sequence instead of a four year.

-- Bruce Droogsma, Delano E Free

 

We've just finished using "Christianity for Dummies" by Richard Wagner.

And, yes it's on of those yellow and black covered books for "dummies".

It's not written as a curriculum but has some good stuff in it, you have to supplement a little bit but has worked well for us.  There's actually to much material to cover, so for now we're taking a break from it.

 

You could easily use parts of this book for an after brick type sr. high class.

I got it at Barnes and Noble.

-- Brent Waiwaiole, Grace EFC, Fridley

 

 

We offer the Bible Instruction Course to 8th and 9th graders together and then have a three-year scope and sequence loop for grades 10-12. I have attached it below.

 -- Jerry R. A. Johnson, EFC Bemidji 

Grades 10-12: 3-YEAR LOOP

 

GRADES 10-12 (2004-2005)

FALL: Rel. with the Opposite Sex

  - J. Harris/Chap Clark/Pers. Resources.

Teacher > Pastor Jerry & Deb Johnson

 

WINTER:

Cults & New Religions

 - Personal Resources/Visitors

Teacher > Professor Greg Giles

 

SPRING:

Evangelism

 - Bec. a Cont. Chr. (W. Creek)

Teacher > Pastor Jerry

 

 

GRADES 10-12 (2005-2006)

FALL:

The Case for a Creator/Intelligent Design

Teacher > pj & Chris P.

 

WINTER:

Money Matters/Finding Your Career

 - Larry Burkett & misc. materials

Teacher > Mike S.

 

SPRING:

Helping Friends in Crisis

 - by Jim Burns

Teacher > Robin H.

 

 

GRADES 10-12 (2006-2007)

FALL: Spiritual Gifts

  - Youth Builders (Jim Burns & Fields)

Teacher > John/Lori Wagar

 

WINTER:

Why do we have a church?

  - Personal Resources/Cook - Hot Topics

Teacher > Pastor Fred

 

SPRING:

Case for Christ – Student Ed.

  - Lee Strobel (Apologetics)

Teacher > Pastor Jerry


 

Bruce Bentley, South Surburban, Apple Valley:

 Two Year Junior High Sunday School Plan

  

 

year 1

year 2

1st semester

(September – December)

 

 

 

 

 

The church

(The Church, gospel light)

 

Christianity 101

(Christianity: the Basics, gospel light & Faith Lessons on the Death and Resurrection of the Messiah, That the World May Know/Focus on the Family)

2nd semester

(January – May)

 

 

 

 

 

New Testament Express

(The Bible for Teens – Learn the Word Series, starburst pub.)

 

Old Testament Express

(The Bible for Teens – Learn the Word Series, starburst pub.)

Summer months

(June – July)

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunities for service, participation at Solid Rock EFC in Farmington, or an elective class.

(Elective subject TBA)

August

No Sunday School offered.

 

Bruce Bentley, South Surburban, Apple Valley:

 Four Year Senior High Sunday School Plan

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

1st semester

(September – December)

 

 

 

 

Elective #1:

Bible Study 301

(Christian Doctrines)

 

Elective #2:

Who you are in Christ

(Stomping out the Darkness, gospel light)

Elective #1:

Bible Study 101

(Observation, Interpretation, and application skills)

 

Elective #2:

Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, Max Lucado

Elective #1:

Bible Study 301

(Christian Doctrines)

 

Elective #2:

Who you are in Christ

(Stomping out the Darkness, gospel light)

Elective #1:

Bible Study 101

(Observation, Interpretation, and application skills)

 

Elective #2:

Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, Max Lucado

2nd semester

(January - May)

 

 

 

 

 

Study through a book of the Bible

and/or

Becoming a Man/Woman of God (2 classes)

(Issues that matter to guiys/girls, Zondervan)

Elective #1:

Bible Study 201

(Indepth study skills, different types of Biblical literature)

 

Elective #2:

Growing Spiritually

(Spiritual Disciplines, Whitney)

 

Study through a book of the Bible

and/or

Becoming a Man/Woman of God (2 classes)

(Issues that matter to guiys/girls, Zondervan)

Elective #1:

Bible Study 201

(Indepth study skills, different types of Biblical literature)

 

Elective #2:

Growing Spiritually

(Spiritual Disciplines, Whitney)

summer months

(June & July)

 

 

Opportunities for service, participation at Solid Rock EFC in Farmington, or an elective class.

(Elective subject TBA)

August

No Sunday School offered.

 


 

 

Kenny King, Willmar EFC:

 

6 Year Projected Sunday School Curriculum

For EFCW Youth Ministry

 

 

 

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

 

 

Fall

 

How we got our Bible

Bible Study Methods

Christian Life Issues

 

Christian Life Issues

Christian Life Issues

Christian Life Issues

 

Winter

 

O.T. Survey

Doctrine

Men’s & Women’s Classes

(Issues Young Men & Women Face)

 

Spring

N.T. Survey

EFCA

History/Mission

Christian Living

N.T. Epistle Study

N.T. Epistle Study

Gospel Study

Gospel

Study

 

Summer

 

Open Teaching Opportunities

 

 

Do you have an expectation of what students in your ministry should gain spiritually from your ministry before they graduate from High School? What do parents and church leadership expect from you as a Youth Pastor or volunteer Student Ministry Leader?

I know that September, the start of your next ministry year, is far off in your minds, but reality is, it's only 3 months away. At the Church I am currently serving in, we are asked to have a ministry plan for Sept 06-May 07 in June. This can be a demanding process, but it helps me think through what it is we want our students to know and become next year. Do we have a theme for the year? What are the few most important truths we want our students to learn next year? We all know there is a lot of great material out there...every day we

get fliers, postcards, calls, promoting a 'new' study or resource.

You can purchase everything from followiong Jesus reality videos to programs that come with Jesus in a can. The biggest challenge for us it to be able to filter through all of it and pull out only the stuff that helps us reach the goals we have set. There is a lot of good material we should be able to say no to, to help us say yes to only the great material that will help us reach our purpose.

To help you through that process, we have created what discipled student might look like upon graduation. I encourage you to take a look at this and change as needed, maybe brainstorm with your leadership team. For many of us, we are overseeing students for a total of 6-7 years. What expereiences, skills, and knowledge should the be exhibiting when they leave student ministries?

As a District, it is our goal to be able to recommend and share the most effective and helpful resources. Many of you have been exposed to different types of curriculum and material.