Frequently Asked Questions

What is DTBC?

Defenders of Truth Bible Curriculum is a non-profit, 501c3 organization supported entirely by the prayer support and donations of people who believe in its’ mission and vision.  All contributions are tax-deductible.

What is the mission of DTBC?

DTBC’s mission is to develop Godly young men and women who know what they believe, why they believe it, what distinguishes their beliefs from other systems, how to withstand and answer cultural shifts, and how to lovingly draw others into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Why is it called Defenders of Truth?

Defenders of Truth Bible Curriculum (DTBC) is based upon the following 2 verses of Scripture:

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. (Ephesians 6:14)

Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

How did DTBC get started?

Paula Morales, founder and CEO of DTBC, was an educator and middle school administrator for 29 years.  Working within some of the nation’s best school districts she saw firsthand the cultural shifts and influences that often left Christian students without adequate foundation in battling the pull of Satan.  Concurrently as a Sunday School teacher, she was amazed that Christian curriculum failed to teach students to THINK, REASON, or DEFEND their beliefs.  DTBC was born out of a mission and vision to arm the next generation of Christian kids with the knowledge and skills needed to defend their faith.

What makes DTBC different from other Bible curricula?

DTBC is different in its approach, its scope, mission/vision, and cost.   Every lesson begins with a “meaty” overarching concept such as “There is only one true and real God.” Bible stories, activities, games, music, and memory verses are totally aligned with the concept and continually loop back to prior learning to explore the overarching concept in increasingly greater depth.  Students demonstrate their learning through higher level thinking skills with the capability of developing mastery portfolios.  Strategic character education is infused from a God perspective.  Parent education teaches parents which skills their child needs to master at what age and how they can easily support the curriculum.

DTBC is an ongoing project to provide FREE curriculum worldwide in multiple languages, available through the internet.  It is continually updated to address cultural pull and technological changes.  Thought-based assignments that apply knowledge provide demonstrations that students have mastered the concepts.  Numerous options exist for teaching students of varied abilities and understanding within the same learning environment.  DTBC provides free teacher training and conferences in exchange for travel costs.

What foundational truths does DTBC teach?

DTBC is founded on 12 foundational truths of Scripture, which are further broken down into numerous sub-concepts to greater depths of understanding as the student progresses through the program.  The truths are integrated rather than sequential, although the first 3 statements, accepted by faith, predicate the truth of all other foundation statements.

  • There is only one true and real God.
  • Our God never lies.
  • The Bible is God’s Word(s) to us.
  • Satan and his demons make it their mission to deceive mankind from following the true God.
  • All people are sinners.
  • God’s bloodline Son, Jesus Christ the Savior, provides the only avenue to a relationship with God (salvation and forgiveness of our sins).
  • God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are distinct from each other, yet are one. The Holy Spirit’s role is to convict of sin, point to Jesus Christ, and empower the believer through the giving of many diverse gifts.
  • The believers’ foremost mission is to tell mankind the good news of forgiveness and bring others into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • All believers make up the “church” of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible foretells important events that should create in us a sense of urgency about our mission and an expectancy of Christ’s return.
  • Heaven is the eternal place of residence for believers.
  • Hell is the future eternal location for those who reject Jesus Christ as the only way to God.

How is DTBC any different from doctrine classes?

It is very different, and it goes way beyond doctrine classes.  First, DTBC is a comprehensive preschool to 12th grade curriculum that uses Bible accounts as evidence of the foundational concepts.  Concepts in the curriculum are continuously revisited to greater depth, which reinforces learning.  Second, knowledge of history, geography, and ancient customs provides understanding of present day events.  Third, DTBC students demonstrate mastery of learning through application of the concepts to real-life situations.  Fourth, DTBC lessons are highly interactive and require the students to process both internally and externally.  A fifth difference is that DTBC strategically integrates character training into its curriculum, based on the Word of God rather than “touchy-feely-do-the-right-thing” decision making.  Finally, all of DTBC’s concepts are taught with consideration of child readiness and when secular concepts which might challenge their faith are taught in public school systems.  This “arms” students with knowledge, skills, and answers.

What character traits does DTBC strategically teach?

DTBC integrates character training at natural, yet intentional times throughout the curriculum so that each trait can have the benefit of continuous visitation to greater depths of understanding.  Character traits include thankfulness, faith, honesty, responsibility (decisions, actions, time, money, abilities), love, giving (time, money, talents), compassion, Christian counsel, prayer, reverence, sacrifice, self-control, worship, perseverance, work ethic, and contentment without covetousness.

Who is the intended audience for DTBC?

DTBC curriculum can be used as a traditional Sunday School program for preschool through 12th grade students, as a supplemental program for mid-week programs, for homeschoolers, in religious schools, or as an introduction to the Bible for any age believer.

What will DTBC charge churches or individuals for its curriculum?

There is no charge for our curriculum.  The entire program is available free of charge, downloadable from the internet or as computerized lessons.  Some of the supplementary “smart technology” applications may have associated costs, but these serve to reinforce skills already taught within DTBC.  All proceeds given to DTBC go directly to produce the curriculum and continually update the activities.

Why free, and why worldwide?

Current educational materials are quite costly and prohibitive for many.  DTBC believes that no one should have to pay money for the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Struggling churches, children’s ministries, Christian Schools, house churches worldwide, even tribal Christians do not always have money for quality materials that teach their children the foundational truths of Jesus Christ.  What a great missions project to be able to provide a high quality curriculum in multiple languages free of charge!

Can a free product really be possible?

DTBC is truly a missions project, prayerfully and monetarily supported by people who believe in its vision and work.  DTBC is a non-profit organization recognized as a 501c3 entity.  All contributions are tax deductible.

How is DTBC funded?

DTBC can only move forward as people who believe in its mission provide prayer and monetary support.  The CEO is available to present the vision and needs to groups and organizations.  DTBC will seek specific grant funding where appropriate.

What is DTBC’s ultimate vision for its curriculum?

Imagine a day in time when large numbers of 15-18 year olds across our globe are so bold in their faith, who know what they believe and why.  Imagine these young adults who are so facile in what they know, understand, and demonstrate that they successfully defend their beliefs in any forum with any adult.  They compassionately and extemporaneously expound on Biblical truth relative to current world topics.  They properly evaluate scripture, comparing passage with passage.  They wisely gauge questions and responses when talking with people of differing religions and faiths.   They host religious blogs and video chats that provide challenge, hope, and mentoring world-wide.  They exude confidence, steadfastness, and a passion to win their world for Jesus Christ.

Imagine these same students a few years before as 12-14 year olds cementing their understanding of how their Biblical belief system differs from other faiths.  They ask questions and search scripture in order to align their beliefs with Biblical truth.  They enjoy synthesizing their understanding using on-line games, smart phone applications, student response systems, airliners, and other technology.  Truth, compassion, energy, and courage mark their daily spiritual walk.

Quickly rewind time to when these students were 3 years of age.  They comprehend that there is only one true and real God, that God does not lie, and that the Bible is God’s Words.  As 3-5 year olds, even before they can write their names or read, they distinguish a Bible from other look-alike books.  Without prompting, they verbalize how to know if another person’s god is the same as their God, and they can articulate appropriate responses if someone should try to convince them that any other book is God’s words.  They eagerly learn and apply their knowledge to essential tenets.  They memorize scripture in accordance with foundational concepts.

DTBC wants to achieve this goal worldwide by making it highly accessible in multiple languages.

Do board members or corporation leaders receive salary or monetary compensation?

The CEO, board members, and corporate officers receive NO monetary compensation for their roles.   However, reimbursement for travel expenses related to presentations and conferences is accepted.   Subcontractors may be paid for development of learning activities.

Is DTBC affiliated with any denomination?

DTBC is not affiliated with any denomination.  The bases for the curriculum are the core principles found in the Holy Bible, the Word of God.

How can people become involved with this project?

Defenders of Truth Bible Curriculum needs prayer warriors, monetary support, and people willing to devote their time, energy, and expertise to its mission and vision.  Interested individuals may call, e-mail, or write using the following information:

Postal: 9218 Metcalf Avenue, Ste 227; Overland Park, KS  66212
Phone: (913)-370-4DOT (4368)
E-mail: info@dotbiblecurriculum.com
Internet: www.dotbiblecurriculum.com

Are contributions to DTBC tax deductible?

We are fully recognized by the IRS as a public charity under 501c3 rules. Our EIN is 46-2518580. Contributions are tax deductible.

What do we mean when we say we teach children to think critically?

We are dedicated to publishing Bible curriculum that enables students to apply their learning across spontaneous situations and settings—called critical thinking. This requires discovery and practice.

Here are some examples:

  • Thomas is ridiculed at school for mentioning that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Seeking comfort, Thomas decides to identify every Scripture passage in which Jesus himself encouraged others to stand for truth. Can Thomas demonstrate how to discover this on his own, using Bible search tools and skills?
  • Ann has memorized passages of scripture that relate to signs of the end times. Can she also demonstrate the ability to effectively use evidence to justify her belief that these are the end times?
  • Miguel’s family has recently moved to a new state. Miguel is the only one in his family who has a relationship with Jesus, and they let Miguel decide for himself when or where he attends church. Can Miguel demonstrate a process for searching out a reliable Bible-teaching church using only the INTERNET?
  • Connie recognizes that the Bible is God’s Word and our guidebook. But does she have the skills to determine if a particular version (for instance, the New World Translation used by Jehovah’s Witnesses) is reliable? Can she articulate why it is important to differentiate, and more importantly how to differentiate, accurate Bible versions from those with doctrinal errors? Can she further demonstrate her process for concluding whether a translation is reliable?

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