Restoration Curriculum


A Rooted Yearlong Curriculum – $225

This 31-lesson curriculum on Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and Zechariah that teaches students about the redemptive and restorative work of God.

Preorder now open – content to be added to your library by August 12, 2024!

  • Ezra

    Written by Kendal Conner, Edited by Rebecca Lankford

    • *Lesson outline coming soon!*
  • Nehemiah

    Written by Kendal Conner, Edited by Rebecca Lankford

    • Lesson 1: Prayer and Action (Nehemiah 1-2:8)
    • Lesson 2: Opposition and Waiting (Nehemiah 2:9-4:23)
    • Lesson 3: Injustice and First Fruits (Nehemiah 5:1-19)
    • Lesson 4: Adversity and Success (Nehemiah 6-7)
    • Lesson 5: Joy and Sorrow (Nehemiah 8)
    • Lesson 6: Conviction and Repentance (Nehemiah 9)
    • Lesson 7: Renewal and Return (Nehemiah 10)
    • Lesson 8: Celebration and Homecoming (Nehemiah 11-12)
    • Lesson 9: Return to Sin and Prayer for Remembrance (Nehemiah 13)
  • Esther

    Written by Mac Harris, Edited by Rebecca Lankford 

    • Lesson 1: A King’s Feast and a Queen Deposed (Esther 1:1-22)
    • Lesson 2: Winning the King’s Favor, by Any Means Necessary (Esther 2:1-18)?
    • Lesson 3: Mordecai vs. the Madman (Esther 2:19-3:15)
    • Lesson 4: A Desperate People and a Divided Queen (Esther 4:1-17)
    • Lesson 5: Courage, Cunning, and a Colossal Temper Tantrum (Esther 5:1-14)
    • Lesson 6: Sleepless in Susa (6:1-13)
    • Lesson 7: Schemes, Surprises, and the Sovereignty of God (Esther 6:14-8:2)
    • Lesson 8: Reversing the Curse (Esther 8:3-10)
  • Zechariah

    Written by Rebecca Lankford, Edited by Kendal Conner and Mike McGarry

    • Lesson 1: God Is Up to Something Good (Zech 1-2)
    • Lesson 2: Promises for Joshua and Zerubbabel (Zech 3-4)
    • Lesson 3: A Scroll, a Basket, a Chariot, a Crown (Zech 5-6)
    • Lesson 4: Future Prosperity for God’s People (Zech 7-8)
    • Lesson 5: Saved From Our Enemies by the Coming King (Zech 9)
    • Lesson 6: Jesus, Our Shepherd and Cornerstone (Zech 10)
    • Lesson 7: A Rejected Shepherd (Zech 11)
    • Lesson 8: A Shepherd Struck, a People Purified (Zech 12-13)
    • Lesson 9: A New Jerusalem (Zech 14)
Kendal Conner, Writer and Editor

After spending 10 years working in youth ministry, Kendal currently serves as a Groups Minister at Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, MO. Originally from Memphis, Tenn. Kendal received her BA from Union University. After graduation, she served 2 years overseas working with youth in Central Asia. After returning to America, she spent several years working for a parachurch youth ministry before moving to Oklahoma to serve as a Girls Minister in a local church. Kendal loves to travel, and dreams of one day being able to say she has enjoyed coffee in every country. 

Rebecca Lankford, Writer and Editor

Rebecca serves as the Ministry Development Coordinator/Assistant Editor for Rooted. Previously, she has worked in both youth and young adult ministries. She is a graduate of Furman University and recently completed her Master’s in Theology at Beeson Divinity School. Rebecca is happiest on a porch swing, in a boat, or on the dance floor.

Mac Harris, Writer

After graduating from Davidson College, where he studied history and religious studies, Mac Harris worked for a year as a Charlotte Fellow. He interned in the youth ministries at two churches, both in Birmingham, AL. He currently serves as Assistant Coordinator of Youth and Families at Hope Community Church while working towards his M.Div at RTS Charlotte. An avid Alabama football fan, Mac also enjoys fly fishing, ultimate frisbee, and Bojangles’ fried chicken.

Mike McGarry, Editor

Mike McGarry is the Director of Youth Pastor Theologian, has served as a Youth Pastor for 18 years in Massachusetts, and has two youth group aged kids at home. He earned his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has published three books – most recently, “Discover: Questioning Your Way to Faith.” Mike is committed to training youth workers to think biblically about what youth ministry is and to training them to teach theologically with confidence. You can connect with him on social media @youththeologian.

Rooted’s Scope & Sequence

Don’t know where to start? Check out our Scope & Sequence

All the lessons you need for your students’ entire time in your ministry — from brand new middle schooler to high school graduate. Whether you choose to walk through the Bible chronologically or you’d rather stick with a developmental stage approach, we have both plans written out for you, free of charge! Download the Scope & Sequence Plans for free, and purchase all the included curriculum in the Scope and Sequence Bundle to get started.


“Unlike some of the other Student Ministry curriculum we have used that tries to cover the entire Bible in a year, Rooted allows us to carefully and exegetically walk through books of the Bible at our own pace. We truly enjoy the fact that Rooted has many options that allow us to pick the books of the Bible that we want to study for the year. We love how engaged our students have become with the Holy Scriptures, the lesson, and each other.”

James N. | Youth Pastor | Southern Oaks Baptist Church

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What will students learn from Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and Zechariah? 

In Ezra, students will see how God encouraged and spurred His people on as they worked to rebuild Jerusalem. Students will learn to see themselves in the Israelites’ story: one of God making His power perfect in our weakness. 

In Nehemiah, students will be presented with a wonderful portrait of godly leadership. They will learn about the importance of worship, obedience, and prayer through the story of God’s people. 

Though God is not explicitly mentioned in the book of Esther at all, they are sure to see that He was behind the scenes all along, working through His servants to ensure the safety of the Jews in exile. Students will begin to make connections between the ancient Persian world and their modern-day surroundings. 

Finally, in Zechariah students will learn about a God who is faithful to His covenant promises; One who fights against our enemies and brings restoration out of despair. Additionally, they will be given tools to help interpret the somewhat strange and difficult apocalyptic passages in Zechariah, all ultimately pointing to the person and work of Jesus. 

In each book, our hope is that students will be led to Jesus, the ultimate means through which God would bring about salvation, hope, and restoration to His people.