Catechesis can be understood in a few different ways. First, there’s often a class on Luther’s Small Catechism prior to confirmation or receiving the Lord’s Supper the first time. Second, there’s oral instruction in general, though often of a religious nature. Third, there’s the question and answer format that many of us Lutherans just continue to love.
At any rate, many of us don’t want our children to only read the catechism during confirmation years! We want Luther’s Small Catechism (and his large one, too!) to shape their lives, year after year. So whatever you’re looking for, here are catechesis resources we have compiled thus far. These are often in addition to confirmation curriculum books published by Lutheran publishing houses.
A list of editions (for all ages) of the catechisms and memory cards: Luther’s Small Catechisms Luther’s Small Catechisms.docx. Plus, let’s note Luther’s six catechetical hymns: “These Are the Holy Ten Commands” (LSB 581), “We All Believe in One True God” (LSB 954), “Our Father, Who from Heaven Above” (LSB 766), “To Jordan Came the Christ, Our Lord” (LSB 406), “From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee” (LSB 607), and “Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior” (LSB 627).
Organizations, Collections & Websites
- Concordia Catechetical Academy
- Lutherancatechism.com/documents-library/ has some GREAT BOOKS on catechesis and Christian topics.
- Lutheran Catechism
- What Does This Mean Blog
Books by Lutherans
- Catechetical Helps (Although I’ve heard older versions can be better than newer due to expectations at the time)
- Catechetical Review (You may want to note that this uses KJV verses.)
- Praying the Catechism
- Martin Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms (Catechisms only is a nice edition)
- Devotions on the Small Catechism
- Why Am I Joyfully Lutheran? Instruction, Meditation, and Prayers on Luther’s Small Catechism
- Youth Catechesis, Catechumen’s Workbook
- Adult Catechetical Instruction in the Life & Doctrine of the Church, Student Guide (Leader guide here)
- Questions on Luther’s Small Catechism and Selected Bible Passages
- Divine Service, Catechetical Instruction in the Life of the Church, Vol. 1, teachers guide and student book
- Divine Service, Catechetical Instruction in the Life of the Church, Vol. 2, teachers guide and student book
Apps, Videos & Links
- Apps: CPH for Android/Kindle and Apple systems
- Youtube videos
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, put together a brief introduction to Luther’s Small Catechism with the following links here.
- Simple Small Catechism Reading Plan – LutheranCatechism.org
- Church Year Catechism Reading Plan – LutheranCatechism.org
- Family Devotions Summer Reading Plan – Pastor Michael Mohr, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL
- Family Devotions School Year Reading Plan – Pastor Michael Mohr, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL
- Small Catechism Memory Cards – Concordia Publishing House
- Small Catechism Flash Cards – Concordia Publishing House
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