The average church has 52 hours in a year committed to the structured process of spiritual formation (based on one hour of teaching per week). At PPH, we recognize the pressure you face to use that time as wisely as possible to instill Apostolic values in your students. We also realize other factors complicate the big job of teaching. With all of these pressures, each church still must answer one overarching question:
What are we doing strategically to ensure the lifelong discipleship of every age demographic in the church?
PPH is committed to helping make the most of those 52 hours through systematic teaching that reaches the heart.
Each of us has favorite topics we revert to frequently. The problem becomes when we focus on certain topics to the exclusion of others. The apostle Paul recognized the possibility of picking and choosing certain components when he instead declared he "did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27)
Without structured curriculum in place to ensure a balanced approach to the study of God's Word, we risk raising a generation of students who may know areas of the Bible solidly but have glaring blind spots in other areas. Strategic curriculum ensures a balanced diet with no deficiencies.
REACHING THE HEART:
Our commitment is not just to know the Word of God in our minds but to live it out. Curriculum is created with the heart in mind.
People who successfully live out their faith do not only possess a head knowledge of God's Word; they have a heart encounter with the Word. Curriculum must be crafted so it can capture the heart.
No church would say it doesn’t believe in discipleship. But when we drill down to what churches are doing for discipleship, the answers are rather surprising. Discipleship for many churches is relegated to the class we host for new members for their first six weeks.
If this is all discipleship means, the church has lost something. Although nobody holds a trademark to the word discipleship, it still needs to be reclaimed to its original and full meaning. Jesus called Simon Peter and others to leave their fishing nets and follow Him; He wanted to radically alter their lives. Jesus is not only interested in the end of time and eternal life; He is also interested in the here and now. He is interested in us becoming like Him.
The discipleship phase of becoming like Him takes time, lots of time. Although the Christian life is frontloaded with change—our new birth brings radical and immediate change—more subtle yet equally important change takes time. Discipleship is truly a lifelong process.
EVERY SERVICE COUNTS
The changes twenty-first-century life brings often mean that our schedules and our traditions get shuffled. The reality is that many congregations are “doing church” differently than did their predecessors twenty and even ten years ago. Rather than defining a single best formula, the challenge of the church is to learn adaptability to what works best in its community.
Discipleship is not limited to a certain spot on the calendar. Every service is an opportunity to grow in our spiritual formation. As the church reclaims discipleship, it has the exciting opportunity to boldly reclaim the midweek service. When strategically reaching the heart, midweek service can be a meaningful time for lives to be shaped and commitments to be forged that help us grow in lifelong relationship with God.
Given the significance of discipleship, it follows that churches should carefully evaluate their teaching tools. Pastor Scott Graham is one of many pastors picking up the challenge to become actively involved in curriculum choices.
At PPH, we recognize the pressure you face to use your 52 hours as wisely as possible to instill Apostolic values in your students as well as the need you have for easy-to-use materials for teachers in the classroom that are adaptable for a variety of services. We also are intent on creating curriculum that cultivates lifelong disciples by reaching the heart and is adaptable for use in any service during the week.
We offer a variety of materials to meet your needs.
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