What would you do Wednesday!
It is no secret that Pastor Ralph Green is dissatisfied with the new LifeWay Sunday School curriculum, The Gospel Project.1 It is also no secret that many disagree with Green’s criticisms.
Green’s criticisms have inspired today’s applied ethics post. I’d like to bring a similar situation to your local church. I know that pastors and laity read this blog so there could be some interesting perspectives offered.
The situation. New Sunday School classes started three weeks ago. An SS teacher brought in some new curriculum which he told the pastor about. The pastor wanted to review the material, but was never able to make time. Since the SS teacher has taught for years, and has been friends with the pastor just as long, the pastor trusted the teacher’s judgement.
The pastor finally looked over the Sunday School material a few days before the fourth Sunday morning class. Disturbed by the curriculum, he sat in on the fourth class. After class, the pastor asked the teacher to lunch to discuss the new curriculum.
During lunch the pastor informs the teacher that, upon review, he does not like the new curriculum. He does not like the theological leanings of some of the curriculum authors. He believes that some in the congregation may be negatively influenced by the authors if they seek out their personal sermons and writings.
The pastor wants the teacher to stop using the material immediately.
Confused, the teacher explains that class feedback has been positive for the first three weeks. People in the class are excited and growing spiritually. There are 16 weeks left in this Sunday School class schedule. The teacher believes people will continue growing in the coming weeks by continuing with the new Sunday School material. He continues to make his case in favor of the curriculum.
The Sunday School teacher asks the pastor clarify his objections to the material.
The pastor repeats what he previously said: he doesn’t like the theological leanings of some of the curriculum authors and is afraid people will be negatively influenced by them. He emphasizes that he wants use of the material to stop immediately.
The teacher disagrees.
- The curriculum should be stopped immediately.
- The Sunday School teacher keeps teaching to the end of the class schedule.
- They go Mano-a-mano; winner takes all.