Core Practice: Throughlines

“To be a Christ person is to be a Kingdom person. Working in the Kingdom is our way of life.” Cornelius Plantinga.
What a complex challenge to imagine what it is to be a “peculiar” person in God’s story! TfT has identified 10 biblical throughlines to help us imagine who we are as peculiar people. When schools invite students to actively contribute to the formation of Christian culture, we need to challenge each student to develop Kingdom-building characteristics. These biblical characteristics help us all, teachers and students, to understand what our roles are, what our calling is. Throughlines shift the learning focus away from “what” the student needs to know, to “who” the student is called to be.


Elementary students practiced being justice seekers and community builders when they harvested squash at a farm that supports local food banks. They deepened their learning in their science unit on plants, they served their community, and they practiced taking part in God’s plans for restoration.