Sunday school

Trinity's Comprehensive 13-Year  Discipleship Strategy
 For Kids and Student Ministries

The Strategy

What Makes Our Plan Different

Two-thirds of Christians made the decision to follow Jesus before they are 18 years old. At Trinity, we  partner with parents while their kids are in the critical years of pre-k, elementary, middle, and high school by providing excellent programming and take-home resources for parents. We do this in three primary phases: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric. We begin with the end in mind: to form kids' knowledge of Christ and character of Christ through the phases. Rather than Sunday school being optional, we encourage families to be present and consistent. Every week over every year as each phase builds upon the last. 

Weekly Parent Guides | 

Grammar Phase

Grades: K-5

This phase works through the Mission 2:20 curriculum. The focus is to dive deep into the old and New Testament, while connecting the 20 Bible Truths and character traits of each story. The 20 Bible truths (below) are grouped by four foundational truths, and then four key relationships: us and God, us and ourselves, us and each other, and us and creation. 

Logic Phase

Grades: 6-8

This phase starts with The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, a modern catechism. By the end of this phase, students will also have all 16 questions and answers along with the corresponding verses memorized. Years two and three focus on overviewing other religions, discovering their spiritual gifts, studying C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, and learning how to evangelize. 

Rhetoric Phase

Grades: High School

This phase brings it all together and focuses on student's ability to consider ideas through the lens of the Christian worldview. Students will go through Summit Ministry's Worldview Library in years 1-3, and Wayne Grudem's Bible Doctrine in year 4. These four years rotate, so new students may jump in at any point in the strategy and catch up. 

Grammar Phase | 20 Bible Truths

Foundational Truths


God always tells the truth.


There is only one true God.


God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


God is the Creator.
Relationship Between God and People


God created people to be his children.


God created people to need him.


Sin causes problems between people and God.


Jesus died to bring peace between people and God.
Relationship Between People and Themselves


God created all people in His image.


God gave people a crown of honor. 


Sin causes problems within our hearts. 


Jesus died to bring peace within our hearts.
Relationship Between People and Each Other


God created people to love each other. 


God created the family, cities, towns, and nations. 


Sin causes big problems between people. 


Jesus died so that people could be a part of God's family, the church. 
Relationship Between People and Creation


God takes care of his creation. 


God wants people to take care of the earth. 


Sin causes problems between people and the earth. 


Jesus died to fix the problems between people and the earth. 

Logic Phase | 16 Catechesis Confessions and Verses

8th Grade Students will have the following section memorized by the end of the school year. 

Q1. Who is God?

A.God is the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three persons in one God. (2 Corinthians 13:14) 

Q2. What is God like?

A.God is perfect in power, knowledge, and in His holy love. (Psalm 147:5)

Q3. What did God make?

A.God spoke everything into being, by His own free choice, and it was very good. (Hebrews 11:3)

Q4. Why is there evil?

A.God gave us free will to obey and we did not. (Romans 5:12)

Q5. Who is Jesus Christ?

A.The eternally begotten Son of God and the Son of Mary. Fully divine. Fully human. (John 1:14)

Q6. Why did the Son of God become human?

A.Because God loves us and wants to make us true children of God. (Galatians 4:4-5)

Q7. What is salvation?

A.Through Jesus’ sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, we are reconciled with God and rescued from destruction. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Q8. What is required for salvation?

A.We must repent and believe in Jesus Christ. (Mark 1:15)

Q9. What are the benefits of salvation?

A.We are pardoned by God, made part of God’s family again, and given resurrection life and power. (Romans 5:1)

Q10. What happens when we live out our salvation in Christ?

A.God continues to work in us to make us holy and blameless. (Colossians 1:22)

Q11. Who is the Holy Spirit?

A.The eternal Spirit of God, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. (John 14:26)

Q12. What does the Holy Spirit do?

A.The Spirit leads us to repentance, gives us new life, and empowers us to follow Jesus. (Titus 3:5-6)

Q13. What is the church?

A.The church is the community of all true believers, who are Christ’s body in the world, continuing the work of the apostles. (Ephesians 4:4-5)

Q14. What are the church’s sacraments?

A.Baptism is the holy covenant by which we join the church, and Holy Communion is the church’s ongoing act of thanksgiving. Both are means of participating in Jesus’ death and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Q15. What is the world’s great hope?

A.Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again to redeem all things and reign as King forever. (Revelation 22:20)

Q16. What is our future?

A.Like Jesus, we will be raised from the dead, either to worship God forever or to be forever separated from Him. (1 Corinthians 6:14)