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by J Warner Wallace
Now that I have your attention with that title, I need to tell you the truth: you’ll never find the perfect apologetics curriculum. In fact, your search for the perfect case-making curriculum is likely to leave you frustrated and discouraged. Once, while hosting the Stand to Reason radio show, I got a call from a listener who lamented the problem he was having in his search for age appropriate apologetics curriculum for young people. While I could think of a few great resources (like the Truth Project and the TrueU Series from Focus on the Family and GodQuest from Sean McDowell), I knew that none of these curriculum packages, as good as they are, would be the perfect fit for him. In fact, my publisher also plans on creating a DVD curriculum based on Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and my third book (due in 2017). Although I am excited and eager to start working on that project, I know that my curriculum won’t be the perfect solution either. Let’s face it; if you are leading a small group (of any age) you probably know your group better than anyone else, including me or the authors of these other fine products. Every group is different, every setting is different, and every group leader has a different purpose and goal. So here are my tips as you search for a solution to your Christian case-making curriculum quandary:
Be Prepared to Look Beyond Curriculum
Sometimes we make the search harder than it needs to be by limiting our hunt to formalized curriculum. There are many great apologetics books on the market that are already structured in a way that provide a simple outline for small group leaders. I found one university group that is using my book in this fashion. Expand your search from formal curriculum to include appropriate books.
Be Prepared to Modify
Even if you do find a curriculum or book that you like, the odds are that it will require some modification. When I was a youth pastor I…
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