As the first year of The Gospel Project for Students comes to a close, we here at student publishing are encouraged to hear reports of how the material is serving the students of your churches by equipping them with Christ-centered truth that shows how the gospel applies to all of life. We invite you to continue sending us your stories and words of encouragement about how The Gospel Project for Students is helping your church’s mission to disciple students.
We also want you to be informed about some of the upcoming improvements that you will begin to see with the upcoming fall quarter. Most of these improvements are in the leader guide. They equip teachers to communicate the material more effectively to students, and they address many of the questions and suggestions we have received about the material this year.
For starters, student leaders will see a new teaching template in the leader guide. This teaching template is divided into three sections: 1) Connect, 2) Convey, and 3) Collide.
The first part, Connect, provides different introduction options in order to help teachers connect students with the lesson for that day. Having creative ways to grab students’ attention is an important part of teaching.
Likewise, students have different preferences to the learning process – some are more visual, auditory, or hands-on in nature. Taking this into consideration, the new leader guide will not only have the usual story provided as an intro option, but will also include a second option that may take the form of an activity, video suggestion, discussion starter, etc. We also provide a helpful transition section to help the teacher bridge the intro option to the heart of the lesson. In doing this, we believe that we better equip the teacher in connecting with students at an age-appropriate level.
The second part, Convey, is the heart of that day’s gospel lesson – the biblical worldview and theology for students to build their life upon. It contains the gospel-centered truths we want our students to know and internalize as we point them towards Christ and the heart change only He can provide. As always, the Teaching Plan will contain the Convey section in outline only, while the Expanded Lesson Content will contain all of the Convey Material. A couple of improvements to this section would include: 1) additional ways of illustrating the points of the lesson by connecting the points to the devotionals found in the Personal Study Guide; and 2) age-appropriate questions that are designed to help facilitate conversation across different age levels.
The third part, Collide, is a section that shows how and where gospel-centered theology collides with a student’s life, both now and in the future. It connects the dots, so to speak, between the content being learned to the point of application in a student’s life. We want to make it clear that these deep gospel-centered truths are not merely meant to be learned and stored in one’s memory. Rather, they are to impact, change, and challenge students to think differently, act differently, and relate differently to others. It explores how the gospel creates lasting heart change once these truths take root deep within a student’s life.
Hopefully this has given you a feel for what is to come, and how we are looking for additional ways to help serve our teachers in their task of making disciples. Please continue to give us your feedback and suggestions – they are extremely valuable. Many of these upcoming improvements are in response to what we have learned from you this year.