Curriculum for adults
When considering a curriculum that is not Anabaptist, use this checklist to help you evaluate it.
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study is designed to be read at home and then studied and discussed at Sunday School. Use the daily Bible readings for your at-home devotional. It provides in-depth, challenging Bible study from and Anabaptist perspective, written by an intercultural group of pastors, teachers, professors and leaders from the United States and Canada. Sessions include daily Bible readings, resources for additional study and free downloadable resources. Available in Spanish.
Adult Bible Study Online
This weekly article, written just prior to the date of the session, connects the weekly scripture to current events in the church and the world. Free at www.MennoMedia.org/abs.
With the Word book studies
We draw closer to God when we spend time with the Word. This Bible study and devotional series explores specific books of the Bible from an Anabaptist perspective. Each session takes adult groups or individuals through study, discussion, and reflection before ending with seven short devotionals. Also included are leader suggestions if used in a group setting. Spend time With the Word today! Eight sessions per study.
Good Ground book studies
There are over 30 titles in this series of studies on books of the Bible in an Anabaptist perspective. Good Ground studies are available as downloads from MennoMedia and have 6 sessions per study. Use two per quarter. Written for young adults, this is great material for youth, young adults or adults.
A Guide for Biblical Studies
Written from a Church of the Brethren perspective, A Guide for Biblical Studies is issued quarterly and contains daily NRSV scriptures, lessons, and questions for both individual preparation and classroom use. Follows the International Sunday School Lessons/Uniform Series. Adult level. Purchase one copy per student, per quarter.
Covenant Bible Studies
Also from the Church of the Brethren, Covenant Bible Studies includes almost fifty titles, some of which focus on a book of the Bible and others on a specific topic.
Free videos and podcasts
The Bible Project
The Bible Project makes free videos and podcasts that present and interpret the Bible as "a unified narrative that leads to Jesus and has profound wisdom for the modern world." Check out their many series of videos and also their podcast. The videos are great teaching tools for youth and adults, and are compatible with Anabaptist thought. You've got to check them out!
Christian Spiritual Formation curriculum
The Kairos School of Spiritual Formation has created a 13-week curriculum for small groups, Sunday School classes, evening meetings, or as a resource for congregations to use in other settings. The curriculum, a leader's guide with participant handouts, can be downloaded at Kairosjourney.org for $34.
Stewardship curricula from Everence
Everence offers a number of good, free study options for adults on this page of their web site.
Second Mile series
What does it mean to go the second mile? This series of five 5-session titles encourages participants to become more active followers of Jesus in their homes, communities, and in the world. Download from MennoMedia; save money by downloading all five sessions at a time.
"Study Shelf" book studies
When you are looking for an adult elective, check out MennoMedia’s Study Shelf. Study Shelf titles can be purchased at a 25 percent discount when you buy five or more copies of the same title. In addition, there are free downloadable study guides for many Study Shelf books. Some titles on the Study Shelf are: Please Pass the Faith: The spiritual art of grandparenting; Relentless Good-bye: Grief and love in the shadow of dementia; and Go to Church, Change the World: Christian community as calling.
Real Life, Real Families
Each family is as unique as the individuals who make it up. Yet all families face challenges, and sometimes even serious problems. This faith-based curriculum will help participants learn from the real-life experiences of others, and encourage them in addressing family needs or problems in healthy ways. Available as a printed book and CD set or as a download.
Returning Veterans, Returning Hope: Seeking Peace Together consists of six Sunday school lessons designed to help congregations think both theologically and practically about healing from the trauma of war and learning the meaning of Jesus’ way of peace. See also Ben's Story, in which Iraq War veteran Benjamin Peters reflects on war, peace and the call to follow Jesus. This set of six videos and free discussion guides was designed for youth but is relevant to adults, particularly those who struggle with a theology of peace and nonviolence. From Mennonite Central Committee.
Sing the Story and Sing the Journey songbooks
Sing the Journey song book highlights themes of the missional church. Sing the Story song book uses the seasons of the year from Advent to Pentecost to tell the story of the life, ministry, death, resurrection and reign of Jesus Christ. There are two CDs from each songbook; use the songbooks or CDs to bring a worship element into your group study. Singing together stimuates our brains and spirits in ways that intellectual activities do not. Find the music here.
Hymnal: A Worship Book
The hymnal is another resource for worship and learning.