Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Q&A: Gospel Project's Trevin Wax on the high interest level in LifeWay's new curriculum

By Michael Foust

The latest small group curriculum from LifeWay Christian Resources won't launch until September, but interest in it is already high -- so much so that nearly 6,000 churches have downloaded sample lessons, five months before its launch.

It even "trended" on Twitter one day.

"The Gospel Project," it is LifeWay's first age-wide ongoing curriculum in more than a decade, and its goal is to provide in-depth, Gospel-centered lessons within a three-year cycle.

Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project, said he's been encouraged by the number of churches wanting to use it.

"It just shows the level of interest that there is in a very Christ-focused approach to the Scriptures," Wax told Baptist Press.

The day in March that LifeWay held a webcast with Wax and others involved in the curriculum's development, the phrase "#TheGospelProject" was the second-most popular item on Twitter worldwide that day -- beating out other top news of the day, such as discussion of NFL quarterback Peyton Manning's future.

The Gospel Project curriculum will be available for three age groups: kids, students and adults. It will be written within the parameters of the Baptist Faith and Message, Wax said.

Baptist Press talked to Wax, asking him more details about the curriculum's development, direction and themes.

Following is the transcript...

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