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A recent decision by Smyth & Helwys to discontinue its preschool and children’s Sunday school curricula lines caught customers off guard and left some scrambling to find another publisher. Smyth & Helwys announced in a December letter that due to a history of poor sales, the Macon, Ga.,-based publisher is discontinuing its FaithSteps curriculum for […] Read More

The unofficial publisher of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is discontinuing Sunday school curriculum for children and preschoolers, saying not enough churches use the material to justify what it costs to produce it. David Cassady, executive vice president and publisher of Smyth & Helwys Publishing in Macon, Ga., in December wrote churches that have purchased the […] Read More

More important than the question “What do you believe?” are the questions “Who are you?” and “What do you do as a Christian?” That concept forms the foundation of The Practice of Living Faithfully, an undated Bible study curriculum from Acacia Resources. First released as a print resource, this 13-week Bible study was recently released […] Read More

Because I’m not a parent, I’m in no position to tell people how to raise their children. And unlike the Southern Seminary professor who wants to “raise up violent sons,” I do not hold a doctorate in theology degree. My theological education is complete enough, however, that I know pursuing violence is completely contrary to […] Read More

Adults in Sunday school need “connectivity” between the Bible and life, a veteran curriculum editor told Baptists in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday morning. Jan Turrentine, curriculum editor for the Baptist Center for Ethics, led a workshop on “The Wave of the Future of Adult Sunday School” at last week’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly. Turrentine said […] Read More

A Bible study of Proverbs is the next unit of undated, online Sunday School curriculum produced by the Baptist Center for Ethics. Living Wisely, Living Well: Lessons From the Proverbs will focus on God as the source of wisdom and explore the daily benefits of wisdom. The 13 student lessons, along with a separate leader’s […] Read More

Courage is a rare and rich commodity. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, Americans were abuzz with talk of the courage shown by fellow Americans in such trying times. For the church, courage doesn’t necessarily exhibit itself through daring acts of patriotic heroism, but rather through practicing sound faith. Keith Felton, minister of missions and […] Read More

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 […] Read More

The decision to change the adult Sunday school curriculum in a church affects not only class members and teachers but also ministerial and office staff, the church treasurer, the Sunday school director and even people who do not attend Sunday school. Any of these might offer resistance. After all, change affects the status quo. But […] Read More

Changing Sunday school curriculum seems complicated for some churches because different curriculum publishers follow different publishing cycles. Lifeway, for example, produces its dated curriculum in quarterly cycles that run September through November, December through February, March through May and June through August. Smyth and Helwys produces its dated curriculum in trimesters, four months’ worth of […] Read More