The Cohort Experience
This module of the Catechumenate is a three-month communal journey of formation into Christ. Imagine it as a kind of “discipleship intensive”, a “bootcamp” for Christoformity.
We offer the Catechumenate 2-3 times a year. It is open to anyone interested in learning to live all of life in reference to Christ.
During the summer of 2019 we are doing a “catechumenate for all” experience:
Next Catechumenate Cohort:
Targeting Fall 2019
Virtues & Vices – Discarding the old self, being clothed in the character of Christ
In this cohort module, our focus was on cultivating virtue and addressing the patterns of sin that inhibit our life in Christ (vices). Historically, the Church has emphasized 7 virtues (three theological virtues – faith, hope, love; four capital virtues – prudence, temperance, justice, courage) and 7 capital sins (envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony, lust). We explored these one week at a time from a practice-based approach – committed to growing in virtue, not merely talking about virtue.
Foundational Scripture Passage: “For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:21-24
Components of the Catechumenate Experience:
- Retreats (1.5-day beginning; ½ day ending)
- Weekly cohort gathering (meal, sharing, prayer)
- Dyad/Triad relationships (for prayer, accountability, support)
- Other Activities (a full engagement of the church life):
- Weekly Catechesis (9:00-9:45am Sundays)
- Weekly Worship (10:00-11:30am Sundays)
- Involvement in the congregation: serving, giving
Full Catechumenate Information – Introduction, background, Q&A (5 pages – printable)