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PowerXpress Curriculum Reviews

JanS
"Humble Servant of the WoRM"
posted September 17, 2002

I think PowerXpress has a lot to recommend it.
When I was looking at curriculum my church "test taught" a unit and we thought it was well done in many ways.
Here are the reasons we did not choose it:
1. It seemed a bit simplistic and did not have the creativity we were looking for.
2. All 8 workshops must be purchases each unit, which seemed wasteful if we only wanted to do 4 or 5 workshops. That did not leave me the flexibility I wanted to purchase some workshops and perhaps write some of my own.
3. The scope and sequence was still a bit limited, so I did not have a strong sense of where the material would be going over the course of 5 or 6 years.
The truth is however, that there is no such thing as a perfect curriculum no matter what anyone tells you.
You have to evaluate material according to what your particular needs are in your congregation.

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Neil MacQueen
Rotation.org Mechanic
"Mythic WoRM Warrior"
posted September 17, 2002

There WAS a discussion on this subject but it got nuked in a freak message board software accident last month. The summary of that discussion was similar to what Jan just wrote you: there is no perfect curriculum, each will appeal to different types of situations and needs. PowerXpress (UMPH) received decent reviews, as did Firelight (Augsburg) and Cornerstones. Each had listed deficiencies. Each offers SAMPLES. I don't recall the review on Potter's Workshop.
Most using the free lessons here at Rotation.org feel the same way too... it's not what you start with, it's what you put into it.

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Cindy Merten
'Defender of the Worm'
posted October 26, 2002

We normally write our own curriculum, but in the last year I have twice used some of Power Xpress materials. The first time was the Pentecost unit, and that one worked well. It gives numerous options for each workshop, so I let the workshop leaders choose what they wanted to do. We used the Dig into the Bible unit over the summer when we combined workshops and needed a break from curriculum writing etc. Some of the Power Xpress units cover more than one story, so you need to check carefully which ones will work for you. The layout is simple to follow, and they offer some good tips for Shepherds and workshop leaders along with a story outline that is helpful to the storytellers.

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