LIVE - Interview with Matt McCage

You may have heard about Simply's LIVE Curriculum but maybe ... just maybe... you've had some questions about it. I know I had some questions at first glance. Jeremy Zach and I caught up with Matt McCage (the curriculum publisher genius) and asked him to tell us more about this new small group resource.

Why Should I Use LIVE Curriculum?
For me it's all about planning and credibility. Knowing that I can personally have a 2-year plan in place that I can prayerfully customize frees my mind to be more relational and less administrative. Knowing I can then present that plan to my senior leadership, parents and workers shows I have placed the necessary thought and prayer in the execution of a plan that helps change the lives of students we are ministering to together.

What are some of the main features in LIVE Curriculum?
  • Flexibility of schedule
  • Ability to customize each lesson
  • Online engine to manage your ministry and communicate with your volunteers
  • Teaser text questions for before each lesson and parent email for afterwards
  • Material that can be used in a variety of formats

What is the strategy behind the curriculum? The Junior High Live Curriculum is a 2 year scope and sequence aimed at developing a Junior High student who is rooted in the truth of God's Word with an understanding of how it relates to their life today.

You say its "customizable." How so? Each lesson can be edited within the LIVE engine. This means that a leader can add or delete sections of the material, rephrase or reposition the material to fit their ministry's DNA. The Administrator can then choose to keep the edits for themselves or "publish" the edits for their entire team. If the leader feels more comfortable, they can download the entire lesson and make their edits in Microsoft Word.

How is technology utilized in LIVE Curriculum? The LIVE engine is designed to help the leader communicate with their team through the dashboard and allows the leader the ability to customize each lesson. Within the "myFiles" section the leader can upload various files that would help streamline their administration needs. Also, with SimplyTXT integration, a leader can send out a text message directly from the site.

Learn more about Simply's LIVE and Junior High Live [here]. For more of the interview, visit Jeremy Zach's blog [here]

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