The Catechumenal Process
During 2015 St Paul's will be offering a Discipleship Programme that explores how our faith affects our life together.
· A process that enables us to grow spiritually. Not instruction, but discovery, growth and change.
· A process that usually has four stages: Inquiry, Formation, Preparation and Reflection/integration.
· A process made possible by study of Scripture, personal prayer, worship, reflection on the Faith, service in the church and wider community.
How does it Happen?
· Regular weekly meetings
· A team of people
· A community/church commitment to share and walk together in this process
· Story sharing
Who might benefit?
· Those who are new to the faith
· Those who want to inquire.
· Those who are considering their vocation.
· Those who want to deepen their commitment to Christ.
Some points to consider
· It’s not a programme to implement — it’s a way of being church
· Any growth is best done slowly and with deep-rootedness.
· It moves from conversion being thought of as a one-off event to a lifelong journey.
· Equipping, incorporation, whole congregations, fulfilment and renewal are essential characteristics of the Catechumenate.
· Our hearts desire is to engage with the mission of the church as well as our identity in Christ.