To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism
The Committee for Catechesis is pleased to announce that To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism is now available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.
The Catechism was unanimously approved for trial use by the College of Bishops on January 8th, 2014. General feedback is no longer being received as of December 31, 2015. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback.
This catechism (a text used for instruction of Christian disciples) is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel. Each section is presented in the question-and-answer form that became standard in the sixteenth-century because of its proven effectiveness. Each section is also set out with its practical implications, together with biblical references.
The Catechism is copyrighted and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. Nothing in the copyright is designed to prohibit congregations from the free use of the texts in the form published.
The Catechism is available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats in the following versions:
This catechism is created with the average inquirer in mind, and does not include all available appendices.
Catechism (Extended Version)
This version includes two additional appendices: The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles.
Appendix: Vision Statement
This paper by the Committee for Catechesis provides a basic vision and outline for the process and content of catechesis in the Anglican Church of North America. The Committee was formed to advise the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) regarding the work of making and forming of disciples of Jesus Christ—catechesis.
Appendix: Guiding Principles
This document presents a working definition of a catechumenate for the Anglican Church in North America along with guiding principles for implementing this disciple-making initiative.
An updated version of the Catechism will be available soon. Meanwhile, the current version is available for purchase here.
The Committee for Catechesis is composed of the following members: