CALLING ALL DIRECTORS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND CATECHISTS! This one’s for you. Dave “Cucumber Melon” VanVickle and I talk about the qualities that make for bad catechists vs. great catechists and how to find the right people for your program. This is a huge issue for religious education that is so important because the immortal souls of kids depends on it.
We also have storytime with Dave on why Kenny Baldwin is A MONSTER (just kidding) and extend an extra-special welcome to long-time listener Ralph “The Party” VanVickle!
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What makes a good catechist?
- You have a mature spiritual life with daily prayer and a mentality of fides quaerens intellectum or “faith seeking understanding”.
- You have an answer to this question: “Can you tell me about your daily lived relationship with the Lord?”
- You prioritize the truths of the Faith and always tie them to the Person of Christ.
- In the classroom, you make sure any craft or art project is truly effective and relevant to the lesson.
- You understand that you are making a difference to the immortal souls of your students.
- You have a DRE who is responsible for ongoing formation of catechists.
What makes a bad catechist?
- Unprepared, you haven’t read it or prayed about it.
- You don’t know your kids’ names.
- You never pray for them.
- You don’t quote the Bible.
- You never share your story of God’s movement in your life.
- You don’t think about conversion, only communicating the doctrine.
- You don’t see the whole and how it is all interrelated to Christ and the Trinity.
- Prayer is nothing but a bookend to your class.
How to find good catechists
- Start a Bible study or adult faith formation event (or go to one that already exists) and see who shows up consistently and is serious about growing in their faith.
- Invite specific people to be catechists. Don’t advertise to the whole church. You’re looking for people who are called, not guilted into it.
- Do a ministry fair where people can come and see what ministries your parish has.
- Pray and ask God for good catechists.
- Be comfortable letting people go.
- Personal Prayer Time: Ephesians 4:1-16
- Memorize Catechesi Tradendae center of paragraph five.
- Handwrite each kids’ name and pray for one minute for each kid in your class this week.
- Prepare a lesson plan for one lesson on one topic and, keeping in mind good/bad catechist, write one sentence that ties it to Christ.
- Come up with one example from your life per lesson plan.
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