Gone are the days where your youth Sunday school curriculum is chosen and purchased by a head pastor or education minister. More and more this responsibility is now falling on you, the student pastor. This can be an overwhelming task, especially if you have never done it before. That is why in this article I want to give you a few specific steps that can help you find the right curriculum for your student ministry.
The number one thing that you can do to help yourself in this process is to pray. While this is a very practical task, the end result should be very spiritual. More than likely this is going to be one of your students' primary connections to scripture in the coming semester or year. Therefore you want to make a wise choice. When we do things on our own we fell because often our judgment is clouded by a wide range of issues and factors. Therefore you need to pray. You need to ask for direction. You need to ask for clear thoughts. You need to ask God to slam doors shut if you are about to make a wrong decision. You also need to pray over your students who are going to be studying this curriculum. We can never pray enough and we must begin everything we do with this step.
Next, you need to do an online search. Bookstores are great, but the world is changing and they more than likely need to be your second stop in the shopping process. This is not because they are inferior but the Internet can save you time, which is a precious resource for all of us, and can give you a great opportunity to compare products and reviews that a bookstore experience cannot. Do not get me wrong. I love bookstores. But in this process you need to trust me and begin your journey in this process online. A simple search for youth Sunday school curriculum will give you a wealth of resources to begin to choose from and many of them will be far cheaper than they would be in bookstores.
Finally, you need to ask others who have been buying curriculum packages a lot longer than you have. It is always helpful to gain from the experience of others, especially in this process. So, if you can, ask the person at your church who purchased the curriculum before you what they bought and how they went about the search process. Ask fellow student pastors in your community what they use. Use connections on social networking to ask others. Call or email a mentor if you are fortunate enough to have one. Either way look for a way to improve your knowledge by learning from the experience of others.