In 2008, LifeWay Christian Resources introduced a focused strategy for ministering to students based on a three-pronged approach: Know, Own and Known.
The strategy is founded on Luke 2:52: "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people." It targets Bible teaching and learning on students’ upward development with God (Know); inward development in owning their faith (Own); and outward development (Known).
Supporting the strategy is LifeWay’s KNOWN curriculum, a Bible study package featuring a holistic approach to student spiritual development.
Kyle Rolph, pastor of discipleship at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Ontario, has been using the KNOWN curriculum since its introduction.
"LifeWay’s Know-Own-Known strategy has the same component focus that we have in our church," he said. "In every aspect of our church we try to have a focus on worship, discipleship and evangelism. That’s what I saw in this material. It has been a great, focused fit for our student ministry."
The KNOWN curriculum, available in print or electronic download, is a discussion-based teaching plan and student resource. Rather than taking a broad approach, the material hones in each week on one question and one point, reinforced with life principles for student leaders to drive home. The material includes four steps weekly.
For more details about this comprehensive ministry strategy, go to www.lifeway.com/known.
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