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Read the Table of Contents and Introduction
There are two means of ensuring you find a curriculum that meets your church's needs:
• Use clear guidelines to evaluate purchased curriculum resources• Write curriculum resources that are in harmony with a congregation's priorities
With the Christian Educator's Guide to Evaluating and Developing Curriculum, educators will learn how to:
• Articulate the goal and purpose of your congregation's educational ministry• Identify the Six Key Elements of your Christian Education program• Use the Six Key Elements to evaluate purchased curriculum resources• Develop a scope and sequence for writing your own resources• Write session plans that are in agreement with your Six Key Elements• Equip writers to develop session plans consistent with your educational purpose• Train teachers to use the curriculum materials• Evaluate the curriculum resources you have written
Reproducible worksheets throughout make this a highly practical resource for Christian education committees and teaching workshops.
ERRATA: Please note that the book's list of curriculum publishers in the appendix did not include Congregational Ministries Publishing, Presbyterian Churches USA. We regret the oversight.
Nancy Ferguson is a retired church professional with forty years experience in churches and camps. She is the former day camp director at Camp Hanover in Richmond Virginia and the project manager and editor of New Earth: Christian Resources for the Outdoors, an ecumenical curriculum for summer camps. Nancy is the author of eight books including Teaching Younger Children (Ages 7-10) About God's Creation, The Retreat Leader's Manual with Kevin Witt, Retreats for Renewal: Five Intergenerational Retreats, and Training Staff to Be Spiritual Leaders.
Ferguson holds an MDiv, a MA in Christian Education and a Ed.S. from Union Presbyterian Seminary (formerly Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education)
Nancy is enjoying her retirement on the Eastern shore of Virginia near Chincoteague.
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