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.
Big God. Big Questions.
Available from the PC(USA) Store, this curriculum is based on the questions asked by people growing in faith, especially children and teenagers. It was developed through research being done by The Confirmation Project and written by PC(USA) pastors. It is a well-rounded curriculum with lessons aimed at different types of learning – videos, infographics, activities, journals and materials for parents and mentors.
Big God, Big Questions is available to order now from the PC(USA) Store.
A couple 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.
You can look at the overview, a sample lesson and order here.