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Education Curriculum for 2000 and Beyond Approved
04 May 1996 20:40:53
95366Christian Education Curriculum for 2000 and Beyond Approved
by Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Congregational Ministries Division (CMD) Committee
approved a new Christian education curriculum Sept. 30 called "Covenant
People," a program intended to take Presbyterian educational ministry into
the year 2000.
Designed to replace the present "Celebrate" curriculum, "Covenant
People" is a Bible-based, comprehensive Christian education program that
emphasizes the importance of faith, education, and spiritual life to
congregations, teachers, parents and students of all ages.
In what may be its most unique feature, the curriculum asks
congregations to sign a covenant agreeing to
make Christian education a priority.
use "Covenant People" resources.
require and provide training for teachers.
make the best possible use of educational space.
In return, the developers of "Covenant People" agree with
provide resources that will relate obviously, directly and helpfully
to people's lives.
listen faithfully and respond to congregations, Christian education
needs and concerns.
share working models of Christian education from a variety of
The new materials were developed and presented by the CMD Resource
Development Program Team, which in July examined Presbyterian educational
ministry at the turn of this century.
"Celebrate" and "Bible Discovery" constitute the present Presbyterian
curriculum. Under the proposal, "Celebrate" would continue to the year
2000, then be discontinued.
"Bible Discovery" or a similar format will continue much longer,
according to Ed Craxton, CMD associate director for Christian Faith and
Popular with Presbyterian congregations, Craxton said, "Bible
Discovery" accounts for 68 percent of curriculum sales. He said Christian
education staff are being encouraged to pursue talks with other
denominations to "explore the possibility" of continuing a "Bible
Discovery"-type curriculum ecumenically beyond the year 2000.
"For there to be any possibility of [such a curriculum] it is
important for us to begin exploring this now with other denominations,"
The program team will report its progress to CMD Committee members as
the curriculum undergoes further development. As with any major program
introduced in the denomination, there are likely to be several revisions
and clarifications before the materials receive final approval by the
However, initial responses by CMD Committee members were favorable and
"There [is] a multitude of resources on the drawing board and we are
excited," said the Rev. Joanne R. Hull, an educator from Greensboro, N.C.
"I'm very much impressed with the basic design of the curriculum,"
said Freda A. Gardner, another CMD Committee member and educator from
"My reaction is that this is very promising," said the Rev. Blair R.
Monie, CMD Committee chair from Dallas.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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