How to Use The Gospel Project During the Evolving COVID-19 Situation
These are crazy, unprecedented times, aren’t they? We are all learning how to minister and serve in unique ways each day. This may be a long post, but please take the time to read it carefully—I believe it will answer many of the questions you may have about how best to continue your study of The Gospel Project during this time.
Equipping the Church
First, our goal is to equip you to be able to continue using The Gospel Project content without interruption. Our kids—and students and adults, too—need to continue to dive into the gospel in these surely uncertain, and perhaps frightening, times. Our preschoolers and kids need to be reminded of the beauty of the gospel and the love of our good sovereign God who sustains the universe. And as we know, kids thrive on structure and rhythms, so if we can do our best to continue the rhythm of their journey through Scripture, we can help give them some degree of confidence and stability right now.
I want to encourage you to lean into that, whether that involves digital teaching from you and your leadership team, equipping families to cover content in the home, or some of both.
Equipping Families to Disciple Their Kids
As of right now, you can basically share all of the content from The Gospel Project for Preschool & Kids with families that you have purchased except music. Because the royalties to the artists are based on church use, we cannot grant permission to use any music off campus or online. We need to be able to honor the artists in this instance. However, you can purchase or stream the music via Apple Music and Spotify, or by using the LifeWay Kids app.
If you share the Bible story videos and/or activity pages, those resources must be shared on a secure platform—basically one that requires a password to access, or one that has restricted, approved access (eg Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo, a closed Facebook group). You have paid for this content; what we don’t want happening is others who have not paid for it grabbing it to use. If you are a print customer, this means just for this time, you may scan/copy the pre-printed activity pages to share. The video MP4 files are on the Presentation Disc.
The best way to do this is using the new Curriculum by LifeWay platform, which is powered by Ministry Grid. You can learn more about it on this post.
For those of you looking to share some form of livestream or recorded kids ministry experience during this season, you are allowed to use The Gospel Project resources to do that—with the exception of the music. You may show the Bible story video, missions videos, and questions from kids videos as part of that larger video. To be clear, this does not mean you can post just the Bible story video by itself on a nonsecure platform.
The New Digital Platform
On March 20, 2020, we launched Curriculum by LifeWay, as a means to equip groups and families to continue discipleship during this season of social distancing. This resource keeps everything simple for all ages. It provides a simple structure for family discipleship:
- Activity page
- Bible video
- Questions for Kids video (for kids)
You can also add content as you desire:
- You can record a video of you teaching for example and add that each week.
- You can add in the poster images, such as the Key Passage, if you choose.
Basically, you can construct a learning experience for your families in the home.
For adult discipleship groups and discipling students, we’ve uploaded the leader guide and daily discipleship guide content, along with the audio leader training to help guide group leaders and parents through the conversations.
The win is to equip your congregation to keep going through the gospel story and give you confidence that when this is all over, you can pick right back up wherever we will be then.
Will This be Available for all Volumes?
The new digital platform launched with content from our current volume, based on our suggested use calendar. For those of you off-cycle, we will do our best to get all of the content of the other volumes still in print loaded in as quickly as we can. But it may be possible where you have access to the platform at least to build your own from scratch. This is our ideal state, so I want to be careful to not promise something that we cannot deliver.
This resource is accessed separately from the regular Ministry Grid subscription, and is intended as a way for you to use the resources your church has already purchased. You will not need to have a paid Grid account, but you will need to establish a free account. You would then be able to invite your groups and families into that platform to access this content, and do it all free.
Photo Credit: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS