Questions for Consideration When Making Curriculum Selections


Prior to considering resources and curricula for educational ministries, take a few moments to have a conversation around the following questions.  Possible conversation partners might include CE director, pastor(s), CE committees, teachers, etc.  Your answers will guide your selection process. 

  • Does you congregation have a vision for education?  
  • How will these resources help you carry out your congregation’s vision?
  • Are these resources consistent with the overall life of the congregations—its worship practices, outreach, and mission?
  • How is the Bible used in the material? 
  • Which translation of the Bible is used or suggested? 
  • What are the theological beliefs expressed in the material? 
  • How are God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit described and portrayed? 
  • What kind of language is used? 
  • How are the theological beliefs consistent with those of your congregation and the beliefs shared from the pulpit? 
  • How do these resources reflect diversity, or the need for diversity in your congregation, denomination, or community? 
  • How are men, women, families, and people of different ethnicities, abilities and faiths portrayed?
  • Is the language in the curriculum consistent with the language used in your church setting? 
  • How are leaders and teachers supported in ways that give them confidence?
  • How do these resources encourage home or parental participation?
  • What would be the overall cost—including all required materials—to use these resources in your setting?
  • When the learners have finished using these resources, what new information do you imagine they will know and what kinds of experiences will they have had?
  • Are the materials accurate, appealing and age appropriate?
  • Are the lesson plans easy to use, as well as flexible, for the setting in which they will be used?
  • What transforming impact might the resources have for individuals and the whole life your congregation?