Leading a Mosaic Group
How to Choose Curriculum
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Good Questions


1. What is our purpose?
  • Bible knowledge
  • Spiritual disciplines
  • Strong relationships
  • Caregiving
  • Dealing with life issues
2. Where is the group spiritually?
  • Seekers
  • New Believers
  • Maturing Believers
  • Mixed
3. What are our key needs?
  • Discipleship
  • Encouragement
  • Obedience
  • Marriage Enrichment
  • Knowledge

4. What is our current focus?

  • Service
  • Gender specific issues
  • Work place
  • Marriage
  • Undersanding Scripture
  • Relationship building


What are our limitations?

  • Time
  • Location
  • Size of group


What Approach / How long?

  • Series
  • Stand-alone topics
  • Number of meetings

What is the best curriculum?

  • Scripture study
  • Issue-centered
  • Topic-centered
  • Book of the Bible
  • Book with study guide


The First Curriculum

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,


In Deuteronomy we see how God gave Moses his first "curriculum" and teaching methods.  Notice the various methods he gives: 1) Memorization            2) Symbols and reminders   3) Mentoring   4) Art    5) Emblems, inscriptions, images, and logos. Moses was instructed to use a curriculum that would help the people practice God's law for the rest of their lives.


How will the people in your Mosaic group learn the great truths of the Bible? In this lesson you will learn why a curriculum is important.  You will learn how to choose a curriculum that is best suited for your group.  And, you will learn how to prepare your own lesson plan.

Plan Your Work 
Then Work Your Plan 
Compas and Bible


Luke 14:28-30

"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, 'This person began to build and wasn't able to finish.'


Before we build a house, we must first have a plan, then count the cost.  The same is true when you prepare a curriculum.  Some people say, "I will just wait for God to inspire me each week."    Although this approach sounds very spiritual, it actually imposes limitations upon the potential spiritual growth and maturity of your group. It is important for you to have a planned curriculum.


1. A curriculum prevents us from dwelling on familiar themes that are of personal interest.

2. A curriculum helps us to focus on the needs of your particular group.

3. A curriculum opens our minds to new thoughts and ideas.

4. A curriculum helps us to systematically move the group into Christian maturity.

5. A curriculum helps us to stay on track from week to week.

6. A curriculum helps assure the group that there is a plan and direction.

7. A curriculum allows other group members to prepare in advance.

8. A curriculum keeps the group from drifting from its original purpose.

What is the Purpose of Your Group?
Before you can choose a curriculum, you must determine the purpose of your group. What is the vision you have for your group? What do you want this group to become? 
Write down your own reflection of what God wants to accomplish in the group. Make your statement clear and concise; something that is easy to remember and inspires others.  Once you have a clear mission statement, use the questions in the left hand column to narrow your search for an appropriate curriculum.

Consider Your Choices



You have many choices of curriculum.

1. Create your own. 

2. Use curriculum from a reliable publisher--i.e. The Nazarene Publishing House

3. Mosaic Lessons for New Christians

4. Mosaic--The People Called Nazarenes

5. Mosaic--Recommended Curriculum

6. There is a wealth of good material on issues such as raising teens, marriage, finances, prayer, recovery, etc.

Steps For Preparing Your Own Lesson Plan



Use the following Mosaic lesson as an example.


Solomon's Search for Satisfaction


1. First, conduct your own personal Bible study by following the steps found in Bible Study Methods lesson.

2. Write down the central truth you want to convey.

3. Write down the key verse that conveys this truth.

4. Write down what actions you want your students to take as a result of discovering this truth.

5. Prepare an opening activity that will help students "loosen up" and focus on the topic.  a) group activity b) opening illustration    c) probing questions, etc.

6. Take the lessons you learned from your Bible study and write them in concise, easy to remember statements.  Make sure each statement is supported by Scripture.  You can use P.I.E.R (Point--Illustration--Example--Reference) as a basic format. 

7. Conclude the lesson with a life application.  What do you want the students to remember and act upon?