In his letter to the Galatians Paul writes, “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches” (Gal. 6:6). The Greek word for “the one who is taught” is katechoumenos, one who is catechized. In other words, Paul is talking about a body of Christian doctrine (catechism) that was taught to them by an instructor (here the word catechizer). The words “all good things” probably mean financial support as well. In this light, the word koinoneo—which means “to share” or “to have fellowship”—becomes even richer. The salary of a Christian teacher is not to be seen simply as a payment but a “fellowship.” Catechesis is not just one more service to be paid for, but is a rich fellowship and mutual sharing of the gifts of God. (from Timothy Keller)
The process of catechesis is a lost practice. In essence, this type of learning involves question/answer moments between the learner and the teacher. Catechism is a communal journey guiding learners to wrestle with the essential elements of knowing and trusting Jesus. Catechism is about community. Community with the historic church, the global church, and the local church.
There are 52 questions, one per week of the year. Set your own pace for how much you want to focus your family on each week’s content. Try to memorize not only the answer but also the verse each week.
There are many ways to interact with this catechism.