If your church has confirmation education, and you are looking for an update to your curriculum, you have probably noticed there are a lot of options out there.
In addition to what you may have used in past years, here are three excellent options you might consider, that have come out, or will come out soon.
Almost two years ago, the Synod of Mid-America introduced a multimedia PC(USA)-specific curriculum. Through games, group activities and conversations, and video presentations that cover both history and Q&A’s with pastors, it covers the basics of Presbyterian theology and structure with both simplicity and depth. Even difficult concepts are accessible in this 17-lesson curriculum. And, it’s very affordable, with free printed materials accompanying the DVD and online options for the video portion.
The confirmation curriculum is part of the larger Theocademy offerings that include elder and deacon training and new member lessons, lessons from the Old and New Testament and additional conversations on reformed theology – all available at their website.
Colaborate is the latest Presbyterian-specific offering from Sparkhouse, the curriculum division of 1517 Media (formerly Augsburg Fortress). Sparkhouse is another solid reformed option, arising from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). All of their curriculum, like Theocademy, is multimedia – integrating in-depth video presentations and open-ended, deep discussion questions and activities. Colaborate was developed with Presbyterian pastors and educators, so it is not just reformed, but designed specifically for Presbyterian confirmation needs.
The curriculum is so new it isn’t even out, but it will be available on September 12, 2017. You can look at the overview, a sample lesson and pre-order here. Check out our July newsletters for a discount code, available to all who order before August 15, 2017.
Big God. Big Questions.
Available from the PC(USA) Store in Fall 2018, being developed through research being done by The Confirmation Project and written by PC(USA) pastors. Read up on the work of The Confirmation Project, and keep an eye out for announcements about pre-ordering this curriculum for next fall. Past confirmation and other current curriculum is available at the PC(USA) Store.