To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism


The Catechesis Task Force 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 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 Catechesis Task Force provides a basic vision and outline for the process and content of catechesis in the Anglican Church of North America. The Task Force 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.


Bound copies of the Catechism are in the process of being printed by Anglican House Publishers. Copies are available for purchase at

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Task Force

The Catechesis Task Force is composed of ten members:

Packer Rev. Dr. Jim Packer,
General Editor
Scandrett Rev. Dr. Joel Scandrett,
Executive Editor
Gabig Rev. Dr. Jack Gabig,
CTF Chair
Nelson Rev. Lee M. Nelson,
CTF Co-Chair
Leaseburg Kristy Leaseburg,
Project Manager
Foos Rev. Brian Foos,
CTF Member
Short Brownwyn Short,
CTF Member
Taryn Mrs. Taryn Bullis,
Administrative Assistant
Harold Dr. Philip Harrold,
CTF Member
Botula Mr. Kirk Botula,
Project Strategist

The Task Force will be receiving feedback via email at: