Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    Rethinking Youth Poll Results

    We recently asked: How do you go about developing curriculum/activities for your youth ministry?

    Your response:

    • I use materials from Group/YS/Simply Youth Ministry. 13%

    • I use materials from Group/YS/SYM but I have to adapt them theologically to fit my group. 15%

    • I get ideas from youth ministry blogs/websites. 28%

    • I write my own curriculum materials. 34%

    I was not surprised that many of us get ideas from the web and write our own curriculum, but I now would be interested in knowing why you do this? For Jacob and I, it is often because we find much of the published curriculum out there does not fit our churches or youth theologically. After awhile, it gets tedious having to adapt everything and just easier to write our own materials. The challenge with this, of course, is that there is good curriculum writing and poor curriculum writing (more on this soon).
    On another note, I wonder what all of us are doing with this curriculum we are writing. Are we sharing it with others? Are we willing to make it available online like the folks do at DiscipleDocs?

    10 comments:

    Calvin said...

    I don't so much find theological disagreements in curriculum (though I find enough of them), the main reason that I write my own curriculum tends to be two fold. First, I often find that published curriculum is not in depth enough for discipleship, and doesn't cover what I would like to see covered. Second, no curriculum knows the students in my ministry like I know them, so even "good" curriculum is often in need of adaptation to suit the particular needs of a local ministry...as a result its just easier to write my own.

    Though, of course, that also means that there are times when things completely bomb, and I've no one to blame but myself. :)

    Randy said...

    i was reading along and thinking "i should post a comment about DisciplesDocs" when I reached the end and, ta-da, you mentioned it. thanks.

    and, yes, any DOC writers reading here who would be interested / willing to share their curriculum writing for broader use are welcome to submit to DisciplesDocs!

    jeremy zach said...

    I agree. It is sooo difficult to find good curriculum that targets exactly at where your students are at.

    If you are looking for some good curriculum, I have wrote for rethink student curriculum. I wrote two series: attached and forward motion.
    Check it out: http://www.xp3students.org/

    I would love to share some of my stuff.

    Matt said...

    It seems like I remember seeing that YMExchange.com began hosting a wiki for youth ministry ideas, but I can't find it now. I've thought for years we need a website that allows people to upload their resources to share, but I don't think I have the web-building know-how to start the site myself. Maybe I should start toying around with the idea.

    And, thanks for the add in the blogroll.

    Blessings,
    - Matt

    Brian said...

    Calvin - I think you make an excellent point. It would be crazy to just pick up any prepared curriculum and use it as is, rather than adapting it for the particular needs of your group. For those who can write curriculum, designing lessons/activities for your specific youth is the best way to go.

    Jeremy,
    Thanks for the heads-up on the stuff you've written.

    Matt,
    Glad I stumbled upon your blog!I think the website idea of yours would be great.

    t.a.h said...

    ive been trying to run a website encouraging sharing of resources in australia over at www.digitalorthodoxy.com most of the files are mine, but im slowely finding people who are writing stuff that are willing to share.

    issues are:
    a) people dont think others would be interested and dont pay attentin when people ask. they think their stuff isn't good enough, (but yet they still use it with their kids?)

    b) people dont seem to want to write up their ideas, instead write up a short series of notes and ad lib. id like those people to then go home and write it down and what they learnt from doing it before they go to bed.

    c) people dont think they have the time to write stuff down.

    the reality is that we've got youth workers all over the globe writing essays for courses that die at the time of being graded. that we've got youth workers all over the globe who dont think others are interested, so dont put their stuff out there to share...

    I'm trying to figure out how to change this just in australia, and it's not going well atm...

    t.a.h said...

    ive been trying to run a website encouraging sharing of resources in australia over at www.digitalorthodoxy.com most of the files are mine, but im slowely finding people who are writing stuff that are willing to share.

    issues are:
    a) people dont think others would be interested and dont pay attentin when people ask. they think their stuff isn't good enough, (but yet they still use it with their kids?)

    b) people dont seem to want to write up their ideas, instead write up a short series of notes and ad lib. id like those people to then go home and write it down and what they learnt from doing it before they go to bed.

    c) people dont think they have the time to write stuff down.

    the reality is that we've got youth workers all over the globe writing essays for courses that die at the time of being graded. that we've got youth workers all over the globe who dont think others are interested, so dont put their stuff out there to share...

    I'm trying to figure out how to change this just in australia, and it's not going well atm...

    t.a.h said...

    doh, how did that get posted twice?

    btw, realised i didnt say i'm darren from planettelex.bur.st

    Rev. Elsa Peters said...

    What happened to DisciplesDocs? I was hoping to use one of the materials for Advent -- and the site won't load!

    Brian said...

    Not sure. I'll see what I can find out.