Fearless faith formation
Hands-on investigative learning that leads to deep engagement with the Bible, church history, and Lutheran theology.
See the sessions in Colaborate in the grid below, or by downloading the full
Scope and Sequence (225KB, PDF).
An opening infographic sets up the tension for the lesson, explicitly centering on student assumptions, biases, even disinterest. Pushing the problem: A short animated video heightens the tension through hyperbole, stereotypes, and misinformation. It is intentionally—
to build interest and get students thinking about the topic.
The center spread of the lesson equips students to work through the tension created on page one. It features an infographic that presents content in a memorable, visually powerful way, incorporating Bible passages, catechism material, and Lutheran history to help give students a stronger sense of the theology and doctrine behind each lesson. Students are invited to interact with the content by drawing, asking and answering questions, and sharing their ideas with a partner or the group.
The final page of each lesson solidifies the concepts through two activities—an individual writing activity and a more active group project. No pipe cleaners? No problem. Every project in colaborate can be done with materials you have on hand—paper, pencils, tape, scissors. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can create with just these simple supplies. These activities give students opportunities to articulate what they’ve discovered, share their thoughts with others, and engage with the broader church community.
Problem-based learning allows students to discover for themselves the ways the doctrines, traditions, and beliefs of their faith are relevant to their lives. This style of learning compels them to search out meaningful answers that will be integral in their faith formation.
Featuring interactive graphics, interesting facts, and insightful commentary, this NRSV Bible is designed to bring the story of God to life for students. As an essential component of the Colaborate curriculum, the Bible adds value to your conversation with highlighted key verses, additional questions and activities. It’s smart, it’s fun, and it’s a Bible your students will hang on to for years to come.
Rather than faith being handed over as an established set of facts to be learned and mastered, it’s presented as a path of growth and discovery. This promotes a rich, meaningful experience that will stay with students long after they complete their confirmation classes.
Students will expand and deepen their understanding of concepts through projects that range from handbook-based questions and activities, to group art projects, to games and off-site explorations.
This team worked together to combine theological depth with provocative questions, surprising insights, and punchy graphics that will spark conversation and capture the imagination of your students.
Want three weeks on Genesis? There’s plenty to work with. Want to skip Adiaphora for now and jump ahead to the Small Catechism? Go ahead.
Not only is the accompanying Leader Guide clear and intuitive, the Problem-Based Learning perspective means leaders don’t have to be experts. Instead, they become mentors, facilitators, and co-learners. They are encouraged to share their own questions and discoveries as they guide students through the session.
The handbook and leader guide are very appealing. I believe it is important for teens today to form their own opinions—through study, prayer and research.
April, youth pastor, NC
I like that this isn’t just a leader asking questions. It’s interesting and interactive and gets you thinking about what you believe.
Isaac, age 13, MN
I really like the engaging format of the curriculum and that it is student driven, instead of lecture-based.
Chad, youth pastor, OH
The format of questioning and problem solving issues helps students learn more about God and the church. I also like all of the support for the leader in guiding the class.
Beth, volunteer, WI