In Part I I gave some thoughts on junior high and some possible points of concern. Now I’d like to look at underclassmen or freshmen and sophomores.

Underclassmen – This is the age where they seem to be taking more responsibility for their own faith and growth. I’ve always pushed it at an earlier age (JH) and would like to see it happen then but this is the time where everything seems to connect. Following that pattern, we start equipping and encouraging them to regularly practice spiritual disciplines such as prayer, service, Bible reading, Bible study, scripture memory, and evangelism, to name a few.

We also continue to emphasize God’s character and how it shapes our identity as followers of Christ. Looking closely at the life of Christ, we can see how Jesus lived and begin to follow that same pattern.

Here we can also start to emphasize the “put on’s” and the “put off’s” of Scripture and what it means to really live in community. As part of that we can look at the bigger story and how they are a part of it. This could take the form of an Old Testament & New Testament survey of the Bible.

This is just a draft that I’m working through so I’d love to hear your feedback on it! Next I’ll address upperclassmen.