David Wakerley (would you believe that I always misspell his name…argh!) and his team are phenomenal! They have a huge passion for the local church, they’re funny, full of world-class ideas and their personalities are contagious.
Follow You is the latest curriculum release from Hillsong Kids. Like most children’s pastors we are constantly looking for solid curriculum that meets our needs and matches the culture of our church. Admittedly, we at The Kids write our own curriculum, but we’re not at a place where we can constantly knock ‘em out so we look for other curriculums in between us writing our own.
For us, Hillsong Kids is that curriculum for these reasons:
• They do large group/small group
• They have video/live teaching
• Their church is similar in style
• Their beliefs as a local church matches with our beliefs
• I’ll take local church written curriculum over others any day of the week
• There videos are not redundant—they’re completely different every week
• Their live teaching is incredible. It really allows our teachers to feel like everything doesn’t revolve around videos
Tell The World was really good, but Follow You is even better. The videos were better—funny, entertaining, full of the Word. My children literally came home every weekend repeating lines from the videos and doing the actions to the BiG Word. Speaking of BiG Word—I love that they are longer. You can tell that they are really trying to challenge kids with memorizing the Word.
If you haven’t been able to tell over the years, I’m a huge fan of the local church and local church resources. The problem is they can be either hit or miss. Hillsong Kids’ Follow You is a huge HIT!
What I personally would like to see in future Hillsong Kids curriculum (like it matters) is:
• Videos that we can integrate in programs like Songshow, ProPresenter, etc. That way we don’t have to constantly switch from video to computer.
• The ability to either copy or purchase at a minimal cost all the videos so my teachers can review them before the weekend.
• Something for Tithe/Offering—either background music/image or a video teaching or both as an option.
• Everything translated into Spanish (we have two Spanish experiences every weekend).
The content is rich, so these are just a few small things that would make it almost perfect for our church. I realize they are thinking about their church first and every other church second.
If you have used their stuff, I’d love to hear back…