Transformative curriculum is more than just a series of lesson plans. It includes many important components such as activation, group activities, and more, all designed to encourage students to be authentic, take risks, and form a partnership with the Father that brings heaven to earth.
Indeed, curriculum is one of the core components of a school of supernatural ministry! And as a school leader, you are charged with the task of fashioning a curriculum plan that encourages your students to cultivate a revivalist’s lifestyle.
While no two schools will have the same curriculum design, we believe there are specific things you should keep in mind to create a plan that catalyzes transformation in students’ lives. We want to provide some practical steps to help you tailor curriculum to serve your school’s unique purpose!
As you follow these steps, we pray the Holy Spirit rests upon you, for He is the great source of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and knowledge (Isaiah 11:2)! He will help you create a structure that best supports your school, leading individuals to experience the life-changing renewal.
Create Learning Goals for Your Curriculum
To design your curriculum plan in preparation for the launch of your school, we encourage you to first identify long-term and short-term learning goals for your students! For example, at BSSM, we develop curriculum goals based upon our mission to raise up revivalists, which we define as believers who are, “focused and passionate, willing to pay any price to live in community, purity and power because they are loved by God, whose manifest presence transforms lives and cultures.”
To develop some objectives with your team, we recommend answering the following questions:
- What is our mission?
- What are we building towards?
- What do we want our students to learn?
- What outcomes do we want to produce by the end of the school year?
These are just a few questions you should consider as you jump into developing your curriculum! Your students will greatly benefit from you taking time to think through and pray about what you want them to receive when they attend your school.
Also, we encourage you to identify how your goals relate to each other, which will help you order lessons strategically. For example, at BSSM, we believe our students knowing their identity as God’s children is foundational to their journey to develop supernatural lifestyles that expand the kingdom! When they first come to our school, we want them to learn how to walk in spiritual gifts from a revelation of love, and not perform for love. Therefore, we teach our students about their identity before we activate and empower them to minister with the Holy Spirit.
Determine Your Students’ Needs
Once you have identified your learning goals, we recommend pinpointing where your students are in their spiritual journey. In fact, you can maximize your time with your students by assessing what they specifically need in order to develop kingdom lifestyles. This will help you decide the depth of teaching and activation you will need to offer while covering a topic!
For example, if you are training young adults, you may need more time to teach how they can walk in a lifestyle of purity than you would with a group of seasoned pastoral leaders. As you develop your curriculum, we encourage you to consider these other important questions:
- What are our students coming to receive?
- What do they need from our team to be set up to succeed?
- What are our students’ spheres of influence?
- What is their spiritual maturity level?
- How can we take them to the next level spiritually?
- How long should we spend covering each topic?
Again, taking time to assess these areas will help you brainstorm the best curriculum plan for your students’, helping you determine what topics you should cover, classes you should offer, best ways to activate students, and more!
Create a Game Plan
After thinking through learning goals and your students’ needs, you are ready to begin creating a curriculum outline. We encourage you to create a curriculum outline that maps out the sequence of topics that will be taught throughout the school year. This will serve as a great teaching guide for your team!
To give you an idea of what your curriculum outline could look like, here is a sample of the topics we cover at BSSM:
- Identity in Christ
- We are a Royal Priesthood
- We are the Sons and Daughters of God
- The Pauper and Prince Mentality
- God Sees Us as Righteous
- Developing a Kingdom Culture
- The Culture of Honor and Revival
- A Culture of Empowerment versus Control
- History of Revival and Revivalists
- Spiritual Inheritance
- Roadblocks to Revival
- Re-digging the Wells of Revival
- Leaving a Spiritual Inheritance and Legacy
- Healthy Relationships
- Brave Communication
- Walking in Purity
- Spiritual Warfare & Outreach
- Spiritual Warfare
- Supernatural Outreach
- Missions Preparation
- Impacting Culture
- Deployment/Life After BSSM
- Strengthen Yourself in the Lord
After figuring out the topics you want to cover, we encourage you to create a weekly calendar that shows what students will be doing each day of class. As you develop this schedule, discuss these questions amongst your team:
- What topics need to be covered to meet our learning objectives?
- What core classes will we provide and what topics will be covered through these classes?
- Will we provide electives for our students (e.g. advanced ministry training such as prophetic art, worship leading, theology, preaching, etc.)?
- What will be our teaching format (e.g. live speakers, BSSM Curriculum, etc.)?
- What messages can our leaders teach and impart to students?
- Besides teaching, what other components do we want to include in our curriculum (e.g. worship, activation, connection groups, outreach, etc.)?
- Will we assign homework and book reading?
While developing your schedule, you may find that you cannot include teaching, worship, activation, or connection groups each day that you meet – that is ok! However, it is important to make sure each of those four components does exist in the overall school schedule. There is grace to create a schedule that best serves your school’s needs and purpose. To learn more about creating a school schedule, click here.
Assess and Improve with Feedback
Every year will offer opportunities to grow and change! It is healthy and wise to take a look at what worked well and what needs to be adjusted. We encourage you to receive feedback about your curriculum plan so that you can continue to develop and improve it. In fact, we encourage you to assess and revamp your plan with each new class of students.
To help you assess and improve your school curriculum, here are some ideas of how you can receive feedback and implement positive changes:
- Receive feedback from your team. Take time to discuss what is being produced in your school’s environment and what transformation is taking place in your students’ lives. As a team, discover if these observations align with your curriculum’s learning goals.
- Gather student evaluations. Invite students to share their thoughts about what and how they are learning throughout the year. We recommend using questionnaire forms to gather students’ perspectives. At the end of the school year, have students reflect on what went well and what could be improved. This information is a powerful way to help shape the next school year.
- Discuss your curriculum outline. As a team, ask yourselves: “Was the order of the topics effective? Should they be rearranged, added to, or should some be taken out? Should we spend more or less time on a topic?” These questions will help you improve the content you are teaching and the order in which it is presented.
We bless your planning, structuring, and scheduling with grace and joy as you move through the four stages of developing transformative curriculum!