by Philip Hahn/ June 22, 2016
There is no such thing as perfect curriculum. No material can create the perfect spiritual learning experience. Some curriculum is better than others, but everything requires some level of adaptation to optimize its effect.
If you’ve ever tried curriculum that didn’t seem to connect with your kids or volunteers, you might need to look beyond the curriculum. Here are three things you can do to go beyond curriculum and customize a personalized experience for your ministry.
One: Know your church. Curriculum cannot work universally because no two churches are identical. Before you select or customize curriculum, you have to know the visions, goals, and values the Holy Spirit has given your leadership. Consider the neighborhood, physical resources, and talents the Holy Spirit has given your church.
Two: Know your kids. For both you and your volunteers, ministry is about relationships, not information. If you don’t personally know the children, how can you reach them on a personal level? What are their interests, fears, and temptations? You are missionaries. Study the language and culture of your calling.
Three: Leave the curriculum. Once you’ve done the preliminary work of knowing your church and your kids, it’s time to dissect that curriculum. Every aspect of curriculum is a suggestion, not a script. Here are some ways you and your volunteers can customize material: