Improving New Member Catechesis and Integration at Grace Lutheran Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, by means of a Lutheran Catechumenate
Christian C Tiews
Borrowing a concept from the Early Church and the Roman Catholic RCIA, the author-a Lutheran pastor-implemented a nine month long new member class in his church. This deviates from most new member classes, which are often only a few hours in length. Surveying the 44 catechumens and other participants, who represented a sample/small subgroup and cross section of the total congregational population, the author showed quantitatively that the long period of instruction markedly improved the catechesis of the new members, created a stronger Lutheran identity in them, and improved their integration within the congregation.