Throughline signs

Discipleship habits and practices

Throughlines are discipleship habits and practices that both form the learners and transform God’s world around them. Throughlines help students, teachers, and parents imagine what it means to be a disciple within God’s story. They articulate a vision for how their school’s graduates will live.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8

So, as the learners are provided opportunities to engage in “real work that meets real needs for real people,” they are given direction in how to engage—as God worshippers, justice seekers, beauty creators, for example. The practice of throughlines shapes the learning and sparks a desire within the learners to actively play their role in the formation of culture. Throughlines ensure the focus is not just about what the learner should know; they propel us to educate for who the learner is called to be within God’s story.

The 10 Throughlines

God Worshipping
Learners extend, both in daily tasks and in deliberate times of praise, their words, actions, talents, and thoughts in awe and celebration of God, who is worthy.
idolatry discerning
Learners recognize stories that invite them to seek truth and participate with the truth by aligning learning with the knowledge and person of God.
creation enjoying
Learners delight in God’s qualities—his eternal power and divine nature exhibited in what he created.
beauty creating
Learners engage in beautiful work that enriches the world and reflects God’s heart for diversity, complexity, and creativity.
order discovering
Learners seek and find God’s fingerprints in the intricate, purposeful design of what he has created.
justice seeking
Learners pursue restorative transformation, seeking to bring wholeness where there is brokenness.
servant working
Learners follow the example of Christ’s selfless love through exercising kindness, empathy, and compassion.
earth keeping
Learners steward, locally and globally, all God has created by pursuing and practicing new ways to tend and care for his creation.
community building
Learners build communities of grace and purpose, making space for the belonging of others.
image reflecting
Learners mirror God’s goodness through who they are and what they do, and delight in the image of God inherent in all people.