Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

Course

ED500 – Catechesis and Community in Post-Christendom


View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart

Catechesis is the process of transmitting the Gospel in a variety of intercultural contexts, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways. Catechesis, within the Christian community, educates and equips people for missionary discipleship and evangelical witness by building up the Body of Christ in the world.   Catechesis, translated from the Greek “to echo the teaching,” is an interactive process in which the Word of God speaks to and through the proclaimer, the one receiving the message, and the Holy Spirit.  Catechesis is a life-long process of initial call and conversion, formation, and on-going conversion. Through Word, worship, service and community, Catechesis seeks to lead all God’s people missionally to an ever-deepening relationship with God the Father revealed in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Catechesis takes many forms and includes the initiation of adults, youth and children as well as the intentional and systematic effort to enable all to grow in faith and discipleship through sanctification.  This course will explore models of catechesis and community in post-Christendom Canada for leaders exercising a teaching ministry.



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