Augsburg Fortress

re:form Ancestors

Unlikely people called to do amazing things

Why choose re:form Ancestors?

  • Dry humor and (almost) grown-up sensibilities

    Introduce faith ancestors to teens using a blend of hilarity and solid theology.

  • Unique workbooks

    Anti-Workbooks encourage active learning with room to explore, journal, doodle, paste photos, and build faith.

  • Connect with people in the Bible

    Youth learn to identify with faith ancestors called by God to do extraordinary things.

  • Flexibility to make it yours

    Add re:form and re:form Traditions to fit the needs of your youth ministry program.

How it works

Sessions follow a three-part sequence: Encounter, Engage, and Respond. Youth watch an animated video, join in creative activities, and share thoughts and ideas about a faith ancestor.

Session resources are available by unit or as digital lessons.

Anti-Workbooks

The centerpiece of the re:form curriculum.

"re:form Ancestors helps us to tell the story of our faith with humor and honesty, helping us to honor both the intelligence of our youth and the ancestors of our faith."
Jeni , Minnesota
"The Anti-Workbooks are amazing. My youth loved confirmation class last year, and are still coming to church largely because of the videos that presented faith questions in thoughtful, fun, and creative ways."
Wanda , pastor, Pennsylvania
"re:form totally gets youth. Thanks for making such a great curriculum that is both on their level and challenging. It’s rowdy, and messy, and loud, and they are totally into it."
Sarah , Georgia

Scope and sequence

Youth Bible study that helps older students get to know personalities from the Old and New Testaments. Download the full scope and sequence.

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
Adam & Eve: The lovable screw-ups
Genesis 1:1-26; 2:7-24—3:24
Noah: The
obedient eccentric
Genesis 6:5-8, 11-22;
7:11—8:4; 8:20—9:1, 8-17,
20‐23, 28
Abraham & Sarah: The ordinary patriarchs
Genesis 12; 16–17; 21–22
Jacob: The
conniving survivor
Genesis 25:24-34; 27; 29–30; 32:22—33:20
Joseph: The
virtuous dreamer
Genesis 37; 39–45
Moses:The
frustrated leader
Exodus 2–3; 32; Numbers 20:1-13; Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Rahab: The
faithful opportunist
Joshua 2:1-21; 6:22-25
Deborah: The exasperated matriarch
Judges 4:6-9, 12-22; 5
Samson: The raging prima donna
Judges 14; 15:4-5, 14-17;
16:4-22, 28-31
Ruth: The
tenacious outsider
Ruth 1–4; Matthew 1:1-5
David: The flawed
and beloved king
1 Samuel 16; 18; 20; 2 Samuel 2; 5; 11; 1 Kings 2:1-9
Solomon: The
ambitious son
1 Kings 1; 3; 6; 11;
Song of Solomon
Elijah: The
get-r-done prophet
1 Kings 17:1-16; 18:20-40; 19:11-18; 2 Kings 2:1-12
Daniel: The
invincible visionary
Daniel 1–2; 4–8
Jonah: The passive-aggressive coot
Jonah 1–4
Mary the Mother of Jesus: The long-suffering mom
Matthew 1:20-25; 2:13-15; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-7, 22-35,
41-51; John 2:1-12; 19:25-27
John the Baptist:
The rustic herald
Matthew 3:1-17; 14:1-12; Mark 1:1-11; 6:14-29; Luke 1:5-25, 39-45; 3:1-22; John 1:10-34
Centurion:
The Roman convert
Matthew 8:5-13; 27:27-31, 54, 66; Mark 15:16-20, 39, 44-45; Luke 2:1-7; 3:14; 7:1-10; 13:1-3; 23:47
12 Disciples: The provincial bumpkins
Matthew 13; Mark 4:35-41; 9:14-32; Luke 5:1-11, 27-28; 8:1-15; Acts 1:6-14
Sheep: The innocent wanderers
Genesis 4:1-4; 22:1-14; Exodus 12:1-13; Luke 2:8-20; 15:3-7; John 10:1-18
Simon Peter: The earnest blockhead
Matthew 4:18-20; 14:22-33; 16:22-23; 26:31-35, 69-75; Mark 1:16-18; 8:32-33; 14:29-31, 66-72; Luke 5:1-11; 22:31-34, 54-62; John 13:36-38; 18:15-18, 25-27; 20:3-7
Syrophoenician Woman: The mama bear
Matthew 15:21-28;
Mark 7:24-30
Sadducees & Pharisees: The legalistic bureaucrats
Matthew 9:9-13; 12:9-14; 22:15-22; Mark 2:15-17; 3:1-6; 12:13-17; Luke 5:29-32; 6:6-11; 20:20-26; John 3:1-21;
7:45-52; 19:39
Mary & Martha:
The bickering sisters
John 10:38-42;
John 11:1—12:8
Judas Iscariot:
The disappointed revolutionary
Matthew 26:36-56; 27:3-10; John 6:60-71; 12:1-6
Pontius Pilate:
The troubled politician
Matthew 27:11-14, 24-26; Mark 15:1-5, 15; Luke 23:1-5, 25; John 18:33-38; 19:16
Mary Magdalene:
The unsung apostle
Matthew 27:55-56, 61;
28:1-10; Mark 15:40-41, 47;
16:1-11; Luke 8:2; 24:1-12;
John 19:25
Thomas: The zealous fool
John 11:1-16; 14:1-7; 20:19-31
Saul/Paul: The
relentless evangelist
Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-19; Acts 13–17; 21:27—28:31
Lydia: The wealthy philanthropist
Acts 16:14-15
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