Choosing the Right Curriculum
What curriculum is right for your congregation's Christian Formation program? The answer starts with asking a series of questions. For example:
• What ages are you looking to cover?
• How many staff and volunteers are currently involved in formation?
• How much money are you willing to spend on curriculum? Each year?
• Do you want your formation curriculum to follow the lectionary?
Of course, the best way to understand a curriculum is to look through it. Fortunately, many publishers now have excellent websites, through which you can download and view curriculum samples. But this isn't your only option. Contact churches near you to find out what they are currently using, and ask if you can take a look. Additionally, does your denomination (diocese, synod, province, etc.) have advice or resources?
Curriculum Charts from Sharon Ely Pearson
To get a broad overview of many curricula from a variety of publishers, check out the free curriculum charts over at Building Faith. These pdf documents are compiled by renowned Christian Educator, Sharon Ely Pearson. Freshly updated for 2016, these charts provide information on content, websites, cost, and more – for each curriculum listed. Furthermore, the charts are divided by age, with a chart for children, youth, adult, and confirmation. The accompanying article also has more info to help you make decisions about materials too. Worth a squiz!