This article discusses what catechism instruction for newcomers to the church might look like. It gleans certain points from a booklet written by the church father Augustine, titled On Instructing Beginners in the Faith. The main points raised concern the catechumen, the catechist, the material that should be addressed, and the need to aim instruciton at both the head and the heart.
Should catechism instruction (catechesis) be something left merely to the minister? This article shows how the church in the time of the Reformation well understood that the education of the youth of the church was an event in which the church as a whole was involved. The author provides a sample catechism service, and then also suggestions as to how to make catechism teaching prominent in the members' minds.
This article gives thought to how to give catechism instruction to the disabled. It points to the responsibility of the consistory for the instruction of the youth, and then provides several important points about the instruction.