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Changing Curriculum Takes Courage: Part 4

While Sunday school class dynamics depend on several things including teachers, members and their life experiences, they also grow out of curriculum. Quality curriculum in the hands of gifted teachers and involved members results in vibrant Sunday school classes unafraid to explore the depths of the Bible and the faith it teaches.

Though the answer may seem obvious, some churches still slide into the well-worn and comfortable groove of indoctrination rather than education.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
Courageous churches equip people with the skills they need to read, understand and apply the Bible and its truths for themselves. They encourage healthy dialogue and thoughtful discourse. Their Sunday school classes are lively, energetic and challenging. 
While Sunday school class dynamics depend on several things including teachers, members and their life experiences, they also grow out of curriculum. Quality curriculum in the hands of gifted teachers and involved members results in vibrant Sunday school classes unafraid to explore the depths of the Bible and the faith it teaches. 
Through Acacia Resources, Baptist Center for Ethics offers churches biblically based, practically written and educationally sound adult Sunday school curriculum. Superior and affordable guides for both students and leaders offer insightful commentary and encourage critical thinking, meaningful Scripture examination and thoughtful application of Bible truths to life. 
Because the curriculum is available for purchase online and during weekdays is sent to purchasers via e-mail within hours of receipt of order, churches anywhere can have it almost immediately. And because of its synergy with BCE’s Web site, www.ethicsdaily.com, teachers have another resource, updated every weekday, offering additional support and ideas.
Courageous Churches, Acacia Resources’ first unit of ongoing, quarterly Sunday school curriculum, dares churches to define themselves as courageous congregations. It seeks to equip churches for the journey out of their comfort zones into risky territory.
Churches are only as courageous as the individuals who form them, people who make choices and take stands in other life arenas every day. 
American consumers spend considerable time studying options on the supermarket bread aisle in an effort to feed their families’ bodies. Shouldn’t churches spend at least as much time considering Sunday school options that feed parishioners’ souls?
Jan Turrentine is associate director for Acacia Resources.
Click here for more information about Acacia Resources and to download a free sample lesson from Courageous Churches.
Click here to read “Changing Curriculum Takes Courage: Part 1.”
Click here to read “Changing Curriculum Takes Courage: Part 2.”
Click here to read “Changing Curriculum Takes Courage: Part 3.”