Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gospel Project Available On iPad, eBook

By Russ Rankin

The Gospel Project curriculum created by LifeWay Christian Resources has introduced a digital delivery format to serve as yet another way for churches to engage in the three-year study designed for Sunday Schools and small groups of all ages.

The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum looking at the grand narrative of Scripture and how the Gospel transforms lives, said Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project.

With the curriculum's first printed material debuting this fall, LifeWay has introduced a Gospel Project eBook version for devices such as Kindle and Nook and also has launched a Gospel Project iPad app for adults and an iPhone app for students. An iPhone app for kids eventually will launch, giving parents a view of what their children are learning.

"The launch of The Gospel Project is just weeks away, and we are so encouraged by the initial response," Wax said. "Thousands of churches from a variety of denominations and affiliations have ordered the curriculum, and it is selling nearly twice what we originally forecast."

LifeWay is expediting a third printing of the curriculum to keep up with the orders that continue to come in, he said.

The launch of a digital delivery format will enable churches to adjust sessions to their specific needs, Wax said.

"I'm excited about the new iPad app for adults and the iPhone app for students because there are a lot of great things we can do in an app that we can't do in a printed piece," Wax said. "Both students and teachers will have an enhanced study experience with the app as a supplement to their study. These new resources represent a major step forward for us in how we can serve churches digitally."

The Gospel Project for Adults iPad app gives users a convenient bookshelf to house and access current and past issues of The Gospel Project Bible study. The adult app contains more material than is available in the student book alone with additional facts and commentary pulled from the leader guide. The app also offers interactive charts and visuals to enhance learning.

A new "curriculum manager" was launched Aug. 1 and is designed for churches that purchase the digital files (in PDF and RTF formats) in order to keep things orderly and organized.