Friday, September 10, 2010

New Simplified Curriculum

Elder Matthew Watkins of the Colorado Denver South Mission is very enthused about the New Simplified Curriculum that is being introduced to the missionaries soon:

President Maynes and the Assistants gave an awesome 2-day training to much of the mission all day Monday and Tuesday regarding the new "simplified curriculum" that is soon to be implemented in the MTC. It's designed to (hopefully) help us become better teachers. it involves the following 8 lessons:
  1. The Doctrine of Christ (Faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end)
  2. The Role of the Holy Ghost in Conversion
  3. Revelation through Prayer
  4. Revelation through the Book of Mormon
  5. Revelation through Church Attendance
  6. Teach People, not Lessons (this is the main focus and purpose of the entire curriculum)
  7. We Invite, They Commit, We Follow- Up
  8. How to Begin Teaching
For me, it really was one of the best experiences of my mission. I learned so much and felt the Spirit teach me so well. It was kind of like a missionary's EFY. The plan is to cycle everyone through the training over the course of several months. If we implement this, it could be the most revolutionary help to our teaching since Preach My Gospel was introduced!
Elder Samuel Poulton who is briefly in the Maryland Baltimore Mission awaiting a visa to go to Brazil Manaus Mission wrote:

Currently, we are being taught new curriculum. Basically, they have pulled out the extremely important parts of Preach My Gospel and preach them like crazy to us. It is good, needful, and powerful.The Apostles have asked for a minimum of 20 lessons a week.

I like when the missionaries have a refocus they all get energized by change.  I think simplifying the discussions will allow them to lean on the spirit more in their teaching.

1 comment:

Matthew Watkins said...

:) Great article, but my name isn't Daniel