How long does it take to teach each lesson?

Overall, it takes 40–60 minute to present a lesson if you follow the lesson plans in each chapter. It is that simple! The ecclesial method is strategically developed to ensure that effective evangelization and catechesis will occur. It is important not to skip any of the steps. If lessons need to be shortened, focus and conclusion statements should be used to summarize the main points of the lesson.

  • Preparation: 5–7 minutes
  • Optional Memory Verse Activity: < 5 minutes. This activity will help students memorize Scripture verses. Note that this can be done at the beginning, end, or anytime during the lesson. • Prayer: 2 minutes
  • Review of either previous chapter (Lesson 1) or previous lesson (Lessons 2–4): 2–3 minutes
  • Introduction: < 2 minutes (Lesson 1 only)
  • Proclamation: 1 minute
  • Explanation: 15–20 minutes
  • Application: 15 minutes
  • Student Text activity: 5 minutes
  • Optional Activity: 5–8 minutes (printable blackline masters available online)
  • Living Our Faith: 5–10 minutes OR: Enrichment page: 10 minutes OR: Bonus activity: 15 minutes (Bonus activities can also be completed with the brief review.)
  • Review of current lesson (Lessons 1–4): 2 minutes Celebration: 3 minutes