Title III, Canon 4, Section 8
A Catechist is a lay person authorized to prepare persons for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, and shall function under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.
Note: The Catechist should also comply with the general canons regarding licensed lay ministries found in title III, Canon 4, Sections 1 and 2.
Catechists shall demonstrate competence in the following subjects:
· The Holy Scriptures
· The Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal
· Church History
· The church’s Doctrine as set forth in the Creeds and An Outline of the Faith, commonly called the Catechism.
· Methods of Catechesis
Every congregation needs to identify, call and equip lay people with the gifts and vocation of a Catechist. In most cases, these people, working with and under the direction of a priest or deacon, may not need to be licensed. A licensed Catechist is a confirmed adult communicant in good standing called to lead in preparing people for membership in the Church, and to be a teacher of teachers. This may be particularly important in the absence of resident clergy. A person who accepts this call should consider making this their primary ministry in terms of time and energy. But this ministry cannot be done alone. It requires intentional congregational support (coordinated, perhaps, by a member of the clergy or a member of the Vestry). The Bishop should be consulted prior to the introduction of the ministry or development of an applicant's training process for this license.