I’ve mentioned “The Gospel-Centered Life” before. Its put out by World Harvest Ministries. In many ways it looks and feels like an abbreviated version of their longer curriculum called “Gospel Transformation.” Its a nine week study that combines articles, exercises, and teachings. It comes in two forms: a leaders guide and a participants guide. One of the many strengths of this curriculum is that it gets participants reading other authors. I’ve often thought that if I could only get those I’m ministering with to read the authors that have infected me they would have a much deeper commitment to the theological values that undergird a healthy missional & gospel driven life. This curriculum does that, and its worth noting that few do.
Another great resource out there today is “Gospel Christianity” (Part 1 & Part 2 & Part 3) created by Tim Keller & Redeemer NYC. It is a three-part series of ten week studies that combines teachings, bible studies, and very clearly defined terms as well as engaging discussion questions. It comes in two forms: a leader’s guide and a participants guide. The first in the series called, “The Gospel & the Heart,” is a good comparison to “The Gospel-Centered Life” material. While its lacking articles, which is a disappointment, the quality of the material makes up for that absence. For those who are ministering in the city or have a passion for the city you will find many biblical-theological & pastoral-practicional points throughout it that you can expand upon with your people and if you’re not in the city you won’t feel overwhelmed with urban mission discussions. It strikes a good middle way in that regard.
These are great curriculum that I plan on using. However, if there’s one thing that I wish they were accompanied by it would be artistic video shorts. In our media driven age the absence of video shorts is unfortunately a continuing sign of how many (not all) discipleship materials are still behind the media curve. I have personally found that artistic video shorts help bring everyone into the discussion, and their absence typically makes the presentation and discussion feel a bit less engaging. (Although I should pause here and mention that I’m a visually driven person, so my bias may be driving this critique).