Reimagining the Catechumenate

By Charles Mantey, JBL:NAAC Board Member Even after working with the catechumenate for over twelve years in two congregations, I keep learning new things. What is supposed to be a process attuned to spiritual formation can easily become a program which ignores the needs and desires of the individuals we are serving. Fortunately, the Spirit keeps inviting us into new … Read More

Thankful for the Catechumenate

By Eddie Francis Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon began their catechumenate, Sacramental Living, a year ago. Eddie Francis was one of the first catechumens and was deeply impacted by the process. As a child, Eddie resented having to go to church since the message didn’t resonate with him. As an adult, however, he started attending a UMC church … Read More

What does GOD’S story have to do with OUR story?

Come to the Annual Gathering and leave with a resource for restoring the connections! By Bev Piro, JBL:NAAC Board President                 The Loss of Connection to God’s Story The Bible is our best avenue to know God’s Great Story of saving acts. We travel from the flood, to the crossing of the Red … Read More

Catechumenate Training Changes Lives & Congregations: Stories from the Trenches

By Martha Maier, JBL:NAAC Board Member From Skeptic to Believer Pastor Linda Quanstrom was a skeptic about the catechumenate. But encouraged by her District Superintendent, who had recently joined her church, she rounded up a team to attend the catechumenate training held in Seattle, WA last fall. After the training she wasn’t sure the process would work in her modestly-sized … Read More

“Living Wet” in a Troubled World

By Elise Eslinger A world in turmoil The world, the nation, the churches, our cities and communities are in conflict and turmoil. Even creation itself is groaning. How to respond in this season? “Write the vision plainly, so that a runner may read it.” (Habakkuk 2:2) In this digital culture, what makes for such a plain vision— a blinking display … Read More

Forming Lay Leaders

By Martha Maier How do you lift up and train leaders for the catechumenate? After becoming Associate Pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, I spent some time educating the congregation about the catechumenate. When a training was scheduled in our state, I loaded up my van with interested lay leaders plus Danette, who just went along for the ride. Her … Read More

Journeying to the Font without the Vigil

(Note: we are resending this blog post from last week, since due to some technical issues, some of you may have missed it.) By Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero, Ph.D. I decided to visit my parents in west-central Minnesota for Easter. The last time I had been in Minnesota for Easter was 10 years ago, before moving to California where I am accustomed … Read More

The Catechumenate Leads to Personal & Church Growth

By Barbara Anderson, member, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, WA “The Spiritual Pilgrimage [St. Luke’s catechumenal process] was the catalyst that truly began my life in community with St. Luke’s and a major stop along my journey to baptismal living. I struggle with the winter and early spring time, the dark and cold makes it difficult to want to … Read More

Diving Deep into Signs and Symbols

By Bryon Hansen, Pastor of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA During Lent those in the catechumenal process enter into an intensive time of baptismal preparation. As guest blogger Bryon Hansen suggests, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the role of our faith symbols and signs. For more on PRLC’s catechumenate click here. “Walking wet” is a phrase I’ve … Read More

What can I do for the people in the catechumenate?

By Michael Marchal, JBL:NAAC Board Member You together are the body of Christ, but each of you is a different part… 1 Cor. 12:27 Being a “lone ranger” telling the world about Jesus is not the picture that emerges from the New Testament of what it meant to be and to live as a Christian. The Christian world in Jerusalem … Read More