If you have a “tween” (kids aged 8-14) in your house, or you teach tweens, or you have tweens at your church, today’s post takes a quick look at a curriculum you’re going to want to check out. If not…carry on with your day. I have something I know you’ll like next week.
Entrusted is a curriculum developed by Awana. Here is how they describe it in one sentence:
Entrusted is a four week curriculum focused on forming a young person’s view of God, themselves, their community, and their world.
And here is how they describe it in 1 minute and 44 seconds:
As with any review, I could go on and on about everything I like and dislike. But rather than going too deep, let me simply provide four reasons you should at least check it out.
1. It’s about identity, not morality.
This is huge for me! I am convinced that tweens – and all of us, for that matter – need to be reminded of who they are, not just what they’re supposed to do. (Tweet that!) Entrusted is all about identity. Getting a correct view of who God is, who they are, whom they’re surrounded with, and who we’re called to be. Beautiful!
2. The training is thorough (without being overwhelming).
So many people are a bit intimidated when it comes to hanging out with tweens. This curriculum does a fantastic job of providing resources for the facilitators – both before and during the four weeks. There are articles, training videos, and instruction on how to make the most of the digital curriculum. They make it super easy for “tween veterans” to dive right in – and for the other 90% of us to get up to speed.
3. The resources are fantastic.
Obviously, I’ve already talked about the training materials. Once you start on this four-week journey, the Entrusted Team walks you step-by-step through the purpose, delivery, and follow-up for each week. Most every curriculum I see has a downloadable lesson and Bible verses for follow-up. While Entrusted has these as well, they also provide the following (for each week):
- Storytelling Script
- Leader Video
- Parent Video
- Parent Email
You don’t get more complete than that!
4. The people behind it are solid.
Entrusted is produced by Awana. These guys and gals have been ministering to students for more than six decades. They know their stuff. And they love God and His Word.
Also, I was first told about this by my friend, Matt Guevara. He and his wife partnered with the team at Awana to make sure Entrusted spoke the “language of digital learners.” Matt writes and speaks all over the place on that very topic. He is the go-to guy when it comes to making sure that content connects with the next generation. He’s also currently the Bartlett Campus Pastor for Christ Community Church near Chicago.
So, there you have it. At the very least, take 1:44 and watch the video if you haven’t already. Then hop on over to the FAQ page and find out more.
Question: What is a curriculum, book, video, or resource that you’ve found helpful for connecting with and serving the next generation?