With the new cycle of The Gospel Project starting in the fall, now age-aligned, we decided to publish a detailed scope and sequence document that includes the projected dates and Bible passages that will be covered during the 2015-2018 cycle. This is an excellent resource for pastors and church leaders who want to develop a wise discipleship path for the next few years.
Because The Gospel Project is now age-aligned, you can literally know what passages your entire congregation will be studying in their groups until 2018. There are a few reasons as to why this is helpful.
1. Age Alignment Helps Parents Disciple Their Children
Parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children (Deut. 6:4-9). The problem is that too many parents do not feel equipped to disciple their children, much less have intentional conversations with them about God’s Word. This is where Bible study age alignment in your church can help. Age alignment positions your parents to have one conversation with the entire family. It also enables parents to pour into their kids from the overflow of what they learn week by week.
2. Age Alignment Helps Simplify Your Regular Leadership Training
Through church history, the church has been a learning community where the faith is passed on from one person to another (Col. 3:16). Sometimes the complexity of church schedules make it difficult to train effectively all the age-level leaders in the church. Especially if every age level, or every group, is studying something different. Imagine if you could train all of your teachers, from preschool to adults, in one time period.
3. Age Alignment Helps Unify the Church Discipleship Plan
Age alignment gives your entire church one focused vision and plan by providing a consistent and thoughtful approach to discipling people of all ages. It will make it easy for the church leaders to set plans for training their people, and it will also provide the church with a clear course for discipleship. Age alignment reveals intentionality in what you are doing. Part of the vision of the church should be to train every age to live on mission with God in everyday life (Ps. 127:3-4). If this is to be a reality, there has to be a plan and process to equip people to do just that.
4. Age Alignment Helps the Sermon Support Group Studies
Knowing where all of your people are, and will be, can help the preacher/s better plan sermon series. Having a plan for age alignment will allow you to preach along with the passages being studied in the age-level group ministries. This would also allow the pastor to thoughtfully train and prepare the parents in the congregation to have conversations with their children about what they are learning in their groups. Another option would be to preach through an Old Testament series if all of your groups are studying a New Testament book. A third option would be to teach a weekday adult class that is a week ahead of the kids and students material so that the parents know what their kids will be learning.