Frequently Asked Questions

Could I get the same results NRG does if I use a different curriculum, separate boys and girls and add gender-specific teaching methods for each?

Separating the boys and girls could bring some benefits. However, just separating the boys and girls does NOT answer two big questions:

First, Would the topics in the other curriculum hold the interest of an all-boys or an all-girls group? And would it meet their real needs? NRG chooses topics that are of high interest to boys and to girls. Many curriculums are about topics that, while valid, are not of high interest to boys especially. And most curriculums do not treat in depth many topics which are real and felt needs for girls.

Second, the key factor for success with the boys is men teachers. Having been boys themselves, men know how boys think. The presence of men communicates to the boys that what they are learning is significant and also minimizes classroom management issues. What motivates men is doing something significant that makes a real difference. They also are attracted to what is real, works in real life and makes sense. And, it helps if the topic holds the interest of the men themselves and if the activities are really fun. Men have readily volunteered to help teach the NRG Gender-Specific Curriculum because it meets all these criteria. As they tell others how the curriculum has helped them personally, more men readily volunteer. So the question to consider is, how easy would it be to enlist men with the other curriculum?

Isn't it difficult to recruit men as teachers in kids ministry?

When we began the NRG curriculum, we found that men were interested in teaching the boys. More and more men grew interested as the NRG teachers "spread the word" about the fact that they really enjoyed the teaching and that the lessons really made an impact on the boys. We now have more men applying to teach than we have positions for. At Church in the Valley, the positions for men teaching boys filled first. And the men who teach tend to continue teaching in following years.

How does NRG Gender-Specific Curriculum make a difference in kids' daily lives?

Lasting change comes not by focusing on the fruit (behavior) but by dealing with the root (thoughts and values). Through the NRG Gender-Specific Curriculum kids learn to use Scripture to correct wrong thoughts and attitudes. They also gain values which motivate them in the right direction. Parents have reported seeing positive changes in their kids' attitudes and behavior at home and in other situations.

Most curriculum offers materials to help parents reinforce at home what the kids are learning on Sunday mornings? Is there anything distinctive in what NRG Curriculum offers parents?

Several curriculums offer helpful products for connecting church and home. The key issue is finding the product/approach that most fits with parents in your church. NRG at HOME™ gives parents a very do-able and very effective way to spiritually train their children in the midst of daily life. It is not necessary for families to set aside certain times during the week. In bite-sized pieces NRG at HOME™ coaches parents how to grow with their kids in following God. And it gives parents and kids a common language to talk about how to apply Scripture in daily situations.

What size Kids Ministry can successfully use NRG Gender-Specific Curriculum?

The curriculum has been tested successfully with smaller and larger numbers of kids. In some situations the boys/girls have been grouped K-1 and Grades 2-5. Other times they have been grouped K-2 and Grades 3-5. Both groupings have worked well. The activities are more enjoyable for the kids when there are at least 6 boys or 6 girls in each age grouping.

Will NRG Gender-Specific Curriculum work for churches using rented facilities?

(The following is from Janet Povero, Kids Ministry Director for Church in the Valley, which currently rents its facilities).

"This was a big question for us before we decided to start using NRG Curriculum. We have made a few substitutions in supplies so they are easier to transport, and occasionally make adjustments in the games. However the need to make some adaptations has been far outweighed by the benefits we have reaped."