DIG IN Curriculum by Group
Deep Bible Learning
DIG IN curriculum provides creative, multisensory teaching that immerses your kids in deep Bible learning, helping them to know Jesus personally and grow in relationship with him.
Online Lesson Builder
Build lessons in the Cloud. No computer or internet access needed during class time.
Pick & Choose Lesson Activities
Choose from 11 activities weekly. Works in every class format. Flexes to your classroom time.
Deep Bible Learning
Multi-sensory teaching that immerses kids...helping them to grow in relationship with Jesus.
DIG IN undated curriculum adapts to your unique ministry, giving you flexibility in all the places you need it the most.
Lesson Activity Blocks
DIG IN’s web-based platform allows lessons to be adapted to the natural strengths of each teacher and to the interests of the kids in the class.
A warm, relational introduction to the Bible story. 5 Minutes
Core Bible Discovery
The heart of every lesson. An immersive, "you are there" way for kids to experience the Bible story. 20 Minutes
Life Application Wrap-Up
Kids have a time for prayer and to personalize what they've learned. 5 Minutes
For elementary, this block poses age-appropriate questions that drive Bible learning. For preschoolers, this block goes deeper into the Bible through interactive activities. 15 Minutes
High Energy Game
An energetic way to interact with the Bible point -- ideal for a larger space. 10 Minutes
Low Energy Game
A fun way to interact with the Bible point -- ideal for a less active option. 10 Minutes
Make learning memorable with a tangible item or experiment that illustrates the Bible point in vivid 3D. 10 Minutes
Delight craft lovers with a simple, creative expression of what they've learned. 10 Minutes
Worship God with professionally produced kid-friendly songs. 10 Minutes
Visual learners love this fun way to engage with the Bible story or Bible point. 10 Minutes
A great way to equip families to talk throughout the week. Print to send home with kids, engage parents with emails, or post on your church website or social media.
Which DIG IN Program is Best for You?
DIG IN creatively guides your kids to new discoveries about God and their faith.
Count on DIG IN to provide on ongoing stream of fresh programs to keep teachers and kids excited and engaged. You can even use more than one program at the same time!
Each program sold separately. Cancel at any time.
Digging Into the Bible in One Year takes kids on a whirlwind journey from Genesis to Revelation. Kids experience a relationship with God through the eyes of ordinary Bible people. Kids will discover that they’re a lot like people God has always loved and worked through.
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Digging Into the Life of Jesus leads kids in walking in Jesus' footsteps from birth to resurrection to ascension. Kids don’t just learn about the historical Jesus; they get to know him personally. They’ll discover that Jesus is a real person—a real friend—who makes a difference in their lives today.
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Digging Into Discipleship brings a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. As kids explore God’s character throughout the Bible, God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect the heart of God in everyday life.
Pricing is based on the average number of weekly students using the program, making it affordable for any size church and budget.
No need to be tech-savvy! Each subscription includes an optional phone consultation with a DIG IN Specialist to get you started!
Each program sold separately. Cancel at any time.
Your Subscription Includes
The Digging into Discipleship program with a one-year undated scope and sequence. Start whenever you choose. You can even purchase and use more than one program at the same time under a single account. Each program is sold separately.
- 4 age levels spanning age 3 to grade 6
- All class formats (age graded, one room, large group/small group)
- Unlimited number of classrooms
- 11 activity blocks each week (up to 2 hours of content)
- 13 lessons per quarter, plus an Easter and a Christmas lesson
- Weekly Bible point and summary verse
- Online access to content for 15 months from purchase
- Option to download lessons in editable MS Word format and customize lessons
- Weekly take-home content
Your subscription includes everything you need to use Digging Into Discipleship: Reflecting God’s Heart in Everyday Life. However, we recommend that you check out some additional classroom resources to enhance your classroom experience:
- Quarterly Companion DVDs: If you would like physical DVDs in classrooms, rather than downloading Music and Talk-About videos to a device.
- Quarterly Audio Downloads: If you want just the audio portion of the songs on the Music videos.
- Clip Art CD/Download: Includes DIG IN and specific program art for your use. Be creative!
- Quarterly Bible Point Posters: 13 posters each quarter to reinforce the each lesson point.
- Giant Decorating Posters: 3’ x 5’ giant Digging Into Discipleship posters to add some decorative spice to your children’s area.
- Children’s directors can choose whether to build lessons for teachers or have some or all teachers build their own. Building lessons is easy (even for non-technical people)...lessons can be built in just minutes.
- When teachers build their own lessons, they can choose the activity blocks that utilize their natural strengths and match the interests of the kids in their class, increasing their impact and teaching success.
- If you choose to use the same activity blocks each week, simply press a button to build out lessons for the entire quarter. Talk about easy!
- Email lessons to substitute teachers with just a click.
Computers & Internet Access
A computer with an internet connection is only needed to build lessons and download or print lesson content. In the classroom, teachers can teach from a hard-copy printout or mobile device. Video content can be downloaded beforehand to a device connected to a TV or projector, or you can purchase a Quarterly Companion DVD and play from a standard DVD player.
Delivery of Content
Digging Into Discipleship is the new program for 2018, and content is being developed throughout 2018 and into 2019. Therefore, Digging Into Discipleship content will be delivered and charged quarterly through recurring automatic credit card billing.
DIG IN Frequently Asked Questions
The demo version gives you one lesson to build in any classroom format or any combination of the 11 Activity Blocks provided. With the full version you can create unlimited classrooms and each quarter includes 13 configurable lessons. The full version also includes a private web page for your teachers to access published lessons.
Yes, within the demo you can view or download the first four lessons from each available program.
Group Publishing has earned its excellent reputation in the field of children's ministry, with over forty years of experience equipping ministries across multiple Christian denominations. We stand behind our mission: "We create experiences that help people grow in relationship with Jesus and each other."
- Our team of editors comes with a lot of experience!
- Combined 93 years volunteering with children.
- Combined 93 years developing curriculum.
- Combined 16 years of experience working in a paid ministry setting.
- Combined 10 years of experience teaching at a school.
- 7 children and 6 grandchildren raised in Christian homes.
We currently volunteer with these ages:
- Elementary (1st-5th) large group/small group format
- 4th & 5th graders in an age-graded Sunday School setting
- 3- to 8- year olds
- elementary kids (grades K-6) in an after school tutoring program for at-risk kids
- 3- to 15-year olds
Our degrees include:
- B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College, with a minor in Bible & Theology
- M.A. in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary
- B.A. in Elementary Education, from Colorado Christian University with a minor in Biblical Studies
- Experience leading children’s ministries in small, medium, and mega church settings.
- Helping create Group’s VBS programs for over 24 years
- DIG IN was originally developed by an editor with a Master of Divinity.
We believe the Bible is the inspired, authoritative Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his death on the cross, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return.
We believe people receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus.
All the tools and content are the same. We created DIG IN so it’s affordable for any size church or budget. A large church will spend less per student than a small church, but a smaller ministry will spend less overall.
The first program, Digging Into the Life of Jesus became available for purchase in 2016. We added Digging Into the Bible in One Year in 2017. New programs will be announced each year.
Each program is sold separately. You might choose to use multiple programs simultaneously with different age levels or for different purposes. For example, you might use Life of Jesus for Sunday school and The Bible In One Year for a Wednesday evening program.
When you purchase, you pay up front for your first quarter. Every 90 days, your credit card will be automatically charged for the next quarter before it’s delivered. You can cancel any time prior to the quarterly billing date. Once you’ve received all content for a specific program, the billing cycle will stop unless you purchase a different program.
Your quarterly content delivery schedule is based on the original purchase date of your program. So, for example, if you purchase “Digging Into the Life of Jesus” on June 15th, you will have immediate access to Quarter 1 upon purchase. Your next quarter will become available 90 days later on September 15th when your second payment is made and so on until you have paid for all four quarters. You can cancel or reactivate at any time. If you reactivate, your subscription will start with the next available quarter.
No, all four quarters will be delivered in sequence. However, you can edit your delivery schedule to get your next quarter sooner, postpone it to a later date, or cancel your subscription and reactivate it later if desired.
No, once you’ve paid for a quarter, you have access to that lesson content for 15 months from the original purchase date. Cancelling a subscription just stops the billing cycle so you do not receive any new content until you choose to reactivate.
No, the return policy of the publisher states that "Products or services that include downloadable content are non-returnable once content has been delivered. All sales are final." However, you may cancel your subscription at any time to avoid future charges.
You can start a program at any time. You’ll always begin with Quarter 1 and continue through the scope and sequence. We provide additional holiday lessons for Christmas and Easter for you to drop in to your lesson plan as needed.
Lessons in DIG IN are intended to follow a specified scope and sequence, so they may not be re-ordered. You may choose to skip a lesson by not publishing it for your teachers to view. Since you can start DIG IN at any time of year, additional Christmas and Easter lessons will be provided to schedule in whenever needed.
Yes, your license includes permission to print copies of lessons for any number of teachers or helpers within your church as long as they are only used with the number of students specified in your pricing tier.
Page count varies based on how you build each lesson; however, you can estimate about 12-pages of lesson content for an hour of teaching time. If you choose to use class handouts and/or take-home pages, you may decide to print these as well. Remember, you have the option to download lessons to an electronic device for teaching…or you can setup a Staples Advantage account, upload your lessons, and take advantage of highly discounted printing.
DIG IN uses a web browser interface. There’s no software to install, so all you need is a PC or Mac connected to the Internet to build and publish lessons. It’s easy! And teachers can review and even teach lessons from a computer, tablet, or hard-copy printout.
Before building lessons, you'll start by setting up classrooms. If your church has multiple services, you may want to name a classroom for each service, such as “9 a.m. Grades 1 & 2” so you can tailor each classroom experience to the particular preferences of the teachers or students involved. When creating a classroom, you can name it and choose the classroom format options such as age-graded, one room, or large-group/small-group. Taking this simple step also keeps teachers from accidentally changing another teacher’s lesson.
You can create as many classrooms as you desire—it’s up to you.
There are three main classroom formats available:
- Choose Age-Graded Classrooms if your ministry has kids in separate classrooms for age-appropriate learning and activities. You may select up to four different age groupings.
- Choose One Room if your ministry has kids of various ages (from Preschool to 6th Grade) together in a single room. This option works well for a children’s church, midweek program, or smaller Sunday school program.
- Choose Large-Group/Small-Group to have all elementary-age kids gathered together for a portion of the lesson and then split into small group crews for interactive experiences and deeper discussions.
Absolutely! The One Room and Large-Group/Small-Group classroom formats work particularly well for children’s church, evening, or midweek programs.
Yes. You can download video files (in mp4 format) for use with your preferred presentation software.
If you think of a lesson as a recipe, Activity Blocks are the ingredients. Each Activity Block has a specified time duration, and each block is connected to the main lesson point, so everything has a purpose. The most important block is the Core Bible Discovery block because it contains the central Bible story for the lesson. You can mix and match other blocks to add music, crafts, games, and other activities to your lesson to meet your needs for available time and teacher/student preference.
Every lesson offers 11 different activity blocks to mix and match. By default, we include the following blocks in every lesson: Opening, Core Bible Discovery, and Life Application Wrap-Up for a total of 30 minutes. If you choose to include all 11 available blocks, your total lesson time would be 1 hour, 55 minutes.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Once you’ve built a lesson, you can add it to the list of Published Lessons for teachers to access online.
You can give each teacher his or her own login to view and/or download lesson content from the Published Lessons page. You can also choose whether to give individual teachers permission to build or edit lessons.
You may choose to print hard-copy lessons for your teachers or allow teachers to retrieve their own lessons from the Published Lessons page in your DIG IN account. It’s completely up to you.
The more the merrier! You may set up as many teacher logins as needed to support the number of students in the pricing tier you have purchased.
All teachers can view lessons for all classrooms. DIG IN is a flexible lesson builder that’s easy for you to manage—including giving your team full visibility so they can inspire one another.
You have the option to print hard-copy lesson materials, download and email files to your sub, or set up a login for your sub so he or she can download his or her own lesson materials. You’re covered!
No. A computer with an internet connection is only needed to build lessons and download or print your lesson content. Within your classroom, your teachers can teach from a hardcopy printout or a mobile device. For video content, we recommend either downloading video files to a device connected to a TV or projector, or you can purchase a quarterly DVD and play the videos using a standard DVD player.
Yes. We provide a permission release document here that you may take with you to any printing service to certify you have the rights to reproduce the materials for local church use.