To Write or Not to Write – part 3
I wrote up a little article about curriculum usage for a magazine that has not been used so far (their theme was pushed back until early next year). So I thought I would share it with you, and maybe use any feedback you might have to offer to help make improvements before re-submitting it in January.
These are all excellent reasons to write your own curriculum exclusively. In fact, after reading these few reasons, writing your own curriculum seems almost too good to be true. But don’t dive headfirst into this task without weighing the other side of the argument as well. There are some drawbacks when you choose to create your own material.
Time – Writing your own curriculum can be incredibly time consuming. To study Scripture thoroughly, find contemporary application, locate additional resources, create a script or outline, and everything else associated with writing your own curriculum, you find yourself losing hours a week that could be spent with students. There was once when I wrote a 4-part series on evangelism that took nearly a solid week (8 hours a day for 5 days) to pore through Scripture, all the available resources, and putting it all together. Time is precious in our ministries. We should not waste it.
Accountability – When we write curriculum, we tend to do so in a vacuum. We need top make sure that there are others around us who can help us interpret Scripture and apply it correctly.