The word catechesis comes from the Greek verb which means, “to teach, to instruct.” This is the word the church has used throughout its history to describe the process of grounding Christians in the truths that we live by AND, importantly, in giving us practical skills/wisdom in how to actually live by these truths. That’s two parts: teaching, yes, but teaching with a commitment to practical, daily living. Catechesis is not simply about gaining knowledge, and it is not only for the academically inclined. Of course, it does require us to think and to use our minds, but the whole point of catechesis is the ongoing transformation of our lives. Romans 12.2 is a great theme verse for catechesis, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Catechesis is integral to this process of renewing our minds for the sake of living a life that is conformed to the gospel of God. It is for all of us!
Church-wide Catechesis in 2016/2017 - We are pursuing a church-wide catechesis program from mid-October 2016 to the end of June 2017. This includes a common curriculum (16 lessons spread out over 32 weeks) that covers the three basic responses to God’s gospel: believing in Jesus (doctrine), belonging to Jesus (spirituality), and following Jesus (ethics). You can think of this as the truth, the life, and the way. And the church has historically used the Apostles Creed (doctrine), the Lord’s Prayer (spirituality), and the Ten Commandments (ethics) to do catechesis, seeing these as faithful summaries of biblical teaching on these important subjects. We’ll follow that pattern this year, unpacking these three historic formularies in the context of the biblical narrative and in a way that addresses all the key areas of our Christian lives. And no matter how well you may already know these essentials, there is always more to see, learn, delight in, and follow. Scripture, which is the source of all catechesis, is a deep well that never runs dry.
While we hope people are able to go through the complete catechesis, all are welcome to join this program at any time during the 2016/2017 academic year.
Boston Fellows Program - The Boston Fellows program equips emerging leaders to serve Christ and neighbor in the working world. This is a 9-month intensive for a cohort of 8-10 people that bands together with cohorts from other churches in Boston to focus especially on the integration of faith and work while instilling spiritual disciplines in cohort members. Applications are collected in May-June every year for a September start.