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Curriculum Philosophy

We have been in the process of developing new curriculum.  Here is some of the rational and purpose.

 

Our goal is to develop fully devoted followers of Christ–disciples who know and apply the Word of God consistently and faithfully in all areas of life.

This requires faithful biblical teaching and relational connections.

Our curriculum must be designed to provide a foundation (Biblical/Theological/Practical) on which a framework of additional truths can be built–the foundation and truths then do not simply inform our world-view, they form it. Our theology is not simply informed by the Word, but is formed by it. And once our theology and world-view are formed by Scripture–they must be lived with integrity (wholeness).

To that end, the follow explains the driving forces behind our curriculum at Calvary Church.

Focus

God’s glory among the nations

The focus of our curriculum is the aim of our mission–to bring glory to God.

Therefore our curriculum content, teacher training and teaching methodology will seek to purposefully teach individuals to glorify God.

Therefore the content of the curriculum is the means, not the end.

Foundations

Knowing God and His Word personally

The foundational elements of our curriculum are a personal relationship with God (salvation) which is developed though a growing knowledge of Him by means of His Word.

Therefore our curriculum content, teacher training and teaching methodology will seek to help individuals understand the Bible’s authenticity, reliability and authority in all areas of life. That it is the primary means by which we can grow in our intimate understanding and passionate love for God and learn how to better respond to Him and His will in the context of community with other believers.

Fundamental Goals (Core Competencies: Know, Be, Do)

The fundamental goals or core competencies of our curriculum aim at transforming the whole person–mind, heart and hands.

Therefore our curriculum content, teacher training and teaching methodology will seek to not only be practical but purposeful.

Therefore, the content of the curriculum is the means, not the end.

Know

Fluency with God’s Word in Life Situations

An understanding of essential core beliefs (theology) and their impact on daily life, not just information but a heart knowledge of God and His Word that produces a fluency with God’s Word in life situation.

Therefore our curriculum content, teacher training and teaching methodology will seek to equip individuals with a meaningful, practical and usable knowledge of the whole of Scripture–equipping individuals to study God’s Word for themselves and in community, with the hope of creating a thirst for God.

Be

Grace transformed hearts motivated to love God and others

Our goal is God centered, Spirit directed lives lived with integrity and purity clothed in humility created by the grace received and therefore freely given.

Therefore our curriculum content, teacher training and teaching methodology will seek to challenge heart change not simply behavioral change resulting in authentic living within community for the sake of others therefore loving God and others with all that we are.

We believe that “being” what God wants us to be requires not only a personal relationship with God, but intentional growth relationships with others, forming a biblical spiritual family. These relationships will grow in availability, authenticity and accountability and will assist individuals through the spiritual transformation process.

Do

Impacting and Influencing others toward Christ

As we develop a biblical world view which produces intentional thinking and proactive living we seek to impact others believers and influence unbelievers towards Christ.

Therefore our curriculum content, teacher training and teaching methodology will seek to challenge individuals towards eager service, intentional reproduction, global perspective, relational priorities and faith driven living.

Therefore, the content of the curriculum is the means, not the end.

Framework (Scope and Sequence)

The framework provides structure to our curriculum. For groups that are constantly changing, as in our children’s ministry, the framework is consistent and repeated. For groups that are for the most part constant, as in our adult ministries, the framework will be flexible though always seeking to accomplish what our focus, foundation and fundamentals outline.

For specific Scope and Sequence please see additional materials by age group.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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