I recently came across this resource and wanted to look into it. After using one of their samples in my small group of 6th grade boys, I’ve concluded that this is great stuff!
They target this curriculum toward 5th and 6th grade students and it worked beautifully. The video segment is memorable, full of information, and done in a middle school “goofy” sort of way. The boys were able to not only remember the content, but also laugh at the silly parts of the video and it made it engaging. The anti-workbook and the activities contained within really connected the ideas in the lesson we piloted: Who wrote the Bible? God or humans? The leader guide was helpful for the uninitiated and guided me through the various options for activities as well as informative regarding the topic and theological issue.
If you’re looking for a fun, engaging confirmation curriculum, or a year-long Sunday school curriculum (for middle school students), you’ll be thrilled with the engaging and extremely age-appropriate content.
It’s called re:form and it currently comes in a few different varieties:
This is a 40-week confirmation-type curriculum:
“re:form features two DVDs with 40 hilarious animated short films that frame the theological questions that youth really ask, an Anti-Workbook that’s chock full of individual and group activities, and a fully reproducible Leader Guide.”
It address the following questions:
Who wrote the Bible, God or humans? Is the Bible true? Why does the Bible contradict itself at times? Is the New Testament more important than the Old Testament? Why are there so many versions of the Bible?
Can it be proven that God exists? Is God male? How can God be “three-in-one”? Does God still create stuff today? Am I really supposed to believe Mary was a virgin? Why did Jesus go to hell? Is the Holy Spirit a person or wind or fire or what? Why do we say we believe in “the holy catholic church” if we’re not Catholic? Do cremated people go to heaven?
Why should I follow Jesus; can’t I just say I believe in him? Why should I pray when God doesn’t answer all my prayers? Why should I pray the Lord’s Prayer when it feels like I’m just going through the motions? Can someone lose their salvation? Can I be a Christian without going to church?
Was Jesus of Nazareth God? Did Jesus know he was God? If Jesus was God why did he have to die? Do I have to believe Jesus performed miracles in order to be a Christian? Why did Jesus get baptized? Is believing in Jesus really the only way to get to heaven?
If there is only one God, why are there so many different religions? Why do Christians believe Christianity is the best religion? Why are there so many different Christian churches?
Is it a sin to think about sex? How do I stop doing things I know I shouldn’t do? Is divorce a sin? What does it mean to be “born again”? What if my friends aren’t Christian? Is it okay to be angry at God? Did God create the devil? Can you accept the theory of evolution and still be a Christian? Why does God let bad things happen? Can I do something bad enough to make God stop loving me? Does Revelation really describe how the world will end? What does God think about war?
“Traditions gives your youth the tools they need to deeply explore their particular faith tradition with witty videos, engaging individual and group activities, and an online forum for sharing what they’ve learned along the way. Traditions is designed to be used alongside the core re:form curriculum, or your current curriculum, in settings like confirmation classes where additional denominational-specific material is preferred or required.
“We assembled the dream team of Methodist, Reformed, and Lutheran theologians, pastors, and practitioners from across the country to create re:form Traditions. Together, they provided historical accuracy, a theological framework, and translated it all into fun activities and language that speaks to today’s youth.”
“re:form Ancestors is a youth Bible study that explores the ancestors of our faith by exposing the real, unpolished and unexpected personalities of Old and New Testament Bible characters.
“With re:form Ancestors, youth discover similarities between themselves and the many unlikely people selected by God to do extraordinary things.”
Which “ancestors” are included?
Adam & Eve: The lovable screw-ups
Noah: The obedient eccentric
Abraham & Sarah: The ordinary patriarchs
Jacob: The conniving survivor
Joseph: The virtuous dreamer
Moses: The frustrated leader
Rahab: The faithful opportunist
Deborah: The exasperated matriarch
Samson: The raging prima donna
Ruth: The tenacious outsider
David: The flawed and beloved king
Solomon: The ambitious son
Elijah: The get-r-done prophet
Daniel: The invincible visionary
Jonah: The passive-aggressive coot