Welcome to the official 6th Grade curriculum from pursueGOD.org! Watch the video below and then scroll down to get started.
The 6th Grade resources at pursueGOD.org are designed for churches to use as their 6th Grade Sunday School curriculum. The track covers 39 weeks in total, with bonus lessons that can be used throughout the summer. Scroll down for links to lessons in the 6th Grade track.
What are the PG resources all about?
The goal of the pursueGOD resources is to make discipleship accessible for the average Christian, whether in a group setting or one-on-one. It takes 3 steps: (1) find a topic from our site (which includes a short video and text summary), (2) watch the short video to learn about it, and (3) get together to talk about it (using the discussion questions as needed). Your 6th grader will use this method to cover each lesson in Sunday School. But you can cover additional topics with them every week at home, to help them make pursuing God a regular habit.
How does student mentoring work?
For Quarter 3 we recommend involving student mentors – this will help to create a discipleship culture at your church and will assist with the 6th graders’ transition into the youth group. Here’s how it works: the mentor attends Sunday School each week and leads a student group for the discussion time in the last half of class. All of this is done under the supervision of the Sunday School teacher, and student mentors are trained in advance. Click on the “Student Mentors” tab below to learn more.
What’s the story of PursueGOD.org?
PursueGOD was created after a group of pastors realized their church was broken. Though the church was large and growing, they were creating consumer Christians instead of disciple-makers. It wasn’t the people’s fault; the pastors had unwittingly created the problem. So they started re-defining “the win”. Instead of counting attenders, they began counting disciple-makers. That’s why pursueGOD.org was born – to give everyday Christians the tools to make disciples, one topic at a time. Learn more about PG.
Listed below is the official 6th Grade Track at PursueGOD.org. Scroll further down for even more youth topics in the “FEATURED NOW” section.
Hey 6th Grade leaders! Here’s how to lead your Sunday School class or small group using the 52-week pursueGOD 6th Grade Track. For each lesson in the track, we recommend the timed elements below. (Feel free to download and print lessons.)
Open with small talk. (5 min)
This is a great time for leaders to speak with students. After a few weeks you will find that they are more open during this time than in group discussion. It is also a great time for students to build relationships with each other. Strong relationships with peers encourages consistent attendance. They look forward to the social element of class.
Icebreaker (10 min)
The leader will present icebreaker activities that promote discussion. This time allows everyone to learn about each other beyond church. Topics discussed will help you with small talk next week. It is very important for leaders to be a participant in these activities. It will allow your students to relax and feel comfortable talking with you about deeper issues when the lesson rolls around.
Prayer (2 min)
The obvious reason for this time is to communicate with God, but it also brings the kids from some social goofiness to “it’s church time”.
Lesson Preview (8 min)
Watch the video together or share your own summary (get lessons from the Lesson Schedule above). Share pertinent Bible verses and a few poignant questions they can ask themselves. This will stimulate thought.
Snack and Game Time (15 min)
After 8 minutes of “Bible talk”, student’s attention span has already reached its limits. Snacks should be what the kids like (yes even if it is sugary). This part of the day really is what keeps kids coming back. These kids are hungry all the time, and if they get good treats they will show up! Games should be interactive and fun. Outside whenever possible!
Lesson Review (10 min)
Now it’s time to see what the kids remember. Review the lesson they previewed earlier by asking them to piece together the main points. Invite one or two kids to read the Bible verses from the lesson as you review it. Allow kids to continue to snack as they listen and share.
Group Discussion (10 min)
This should have the same feel as the review above, but now you’re opening up the conversation. Use the discussion questions from the lesson as needed, but be ready to go “off script” as the conversation develops. If you were successful early in class with making students comfortable talking to you and the group, then they will open up more about their spiritual walk during this segment.
Close (5 min)
Pray together to close down your time. At the end, always have a game in your back pocket. You never know when the adult service will go long and you are out of material. This game usually needs to be inside and somewhat quiet.
Special thanks to Ben Finkbeiner for developing this leader content.
For Quarter 3 we recommend involving student mentors – this will help to create a discipleship culture at your church and will assist with the 6th graders’ transition into the youth group. Here’s how it works: the mentor attends Sunday School each week and leads a student group for the discussion time in the last half of class. Here are the details:
- Coordinate this element with your youth pastor or leader.
- Mentors lead student groups of 2-4 6th graders
- Mentors are at least 8th graders
- Mentors must be trained in advance – see the “Get Trained” tab on the Student Page
We recommend involving student mentors in the award process. Let them present awards at the end of Quarter 3 in front of the class or the entire church.