Last year at this time, I wrote about a new gospel-centered, theologically-driven curriculum I am helping develop here at LifeWay. I'm new to curriculum development, so our process has been a learning experience for me to say the least.
One of the first steps in the direction of developing this curriculum was to bring on Trevin Wax as content editor. Then we brought together an Advisory Council to speak into the project, leaders like D.A. Carson, Matt Chandler, James MacDonald, J.D. Greear, Eric Mason, Juan Sanchez, Collin Hansen, Kimberly Thornbury, Joe Thorn, Danny Akin, and Jay Noh. We met with members of the council in Dallas and Chicago earlier this year and received helpful feedback and great insight into this curriculum.
We went back and forth on a few different names for this new curriculum, finally settling on TGM (Theology, Gospel, Mission), a name that helped us crystallize the three components we wanted to have present in every lesson. At the same time we were working on the adult line, LifeWay had two different teams working on similar products for children and youth.
Last week, Eric Geiger, the new vice president over the Church Resources Division at LifeWay recommended that we bring these three curriculum options under one umbrella. This change means that I am now serving as General Editor for all three lines, and Trevin Wax has become the managing editor who is tasked with overseeing the gospel-centered content development for all three age groups.
These changes also meant we would need to (yet again) change the name, so as to accurately reflect the emphasis for all age groups. We've settled on the name "The Gospel Project." The new name communicates the ongoing nature of this curriculum roll-out, beginning in Fall of 2012. It also communicates that this isn't just about creating curriculum. The curriculum itself isn't the project that's most important; we are. We are the gospel project. Our prayer is that as small groups of all ages work through these studies, the gospel will work on us. The church is God's gospel project.
I'd appreciate your continued prayers for me, for Trevin, and for the teams who are working on this new product. We believe "The Gospel Project" has the potential to serve the Church in a good way, as it provides a gospel-centered resource for children, students, and adults.