Attention Lutheran Pastors, New “Becoming Lutheran Catechesis Aid”

ESMALLCATvangelicals face very large hurdles, obstacles, and bring with them several presuppositions that need to be addressed and resolved during their Lutheran catechesis process. Research conducted in this area through the author’s ongoing and unpublished Major Applied Research Project at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will serve in a foundational manner to this teaching aid.

This catechesis aid is not designed to replace the catechism curriculum of the local Lutheran parish. Otherwise stated, this aid is not to be a substitute for the Small Catechism, it does not function independently from a more comprehensive catechism curriculum. Rather it is an educational tool intended for former American Evangelicals that is to be laid alongside the Small Catechism (i.e., Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, published by Concordia Publishing House, 1984) and any additional material that will be presented in a new member’s class/catechesis class.

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“Becoming Lutheran Catechesis Aid”


About Pastor Matt Richard

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church of Gwinner, ND. He was previously a Senior Pastor in Sidney, Montana, an Associate Pastor of Spiritual Care and Youth Ministries in Williston, North Dakota, and an Associate Pastor of Children and Youth in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Minot State University, ND and his M.Div. from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MN. His doctor of ministry thesis, from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have two children. He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, blogging, golfing, spending time with his family and a good book with a warm latte! To check out more articles by Pastor Matt you can visit his personal blog at:


Attention Lutheran Pastors, New “Becoming Lutheran Catechesis Aid” — 4 Comments

  1. Pastor Richard,

    Thank you for putting your paper on BJS. I really appreciate the word and phrase lists that you included. It is certainly true we Lutherans use a different vocabulary than American Evangelicals. One phrase that I didn’t see on your list was ‘accepting Jesus into my heart’ or something close to this, but using the word ‘accepting.’ I’ve even heard this in Lutheran settings, but for the life of me I can’t understand why.

    In Christ,

  2. I am one who has transitioned to the Lutheran Church over the last 8 years, I don’t live in America so that is probably why many of the words used as typifying American Evangelicalism are not so common for me. If one comes from a Reformed (aka Calvinist) background then there is a strong emphasis on the sinfulness of sin (Total Depravity – the ‘T’ in TULIP). The most stark differences revolve around baptismal regeneration, real presence, to a lesser extent law/gospel. May I suggest 3 resources that may be useful:
    1. Spirituality of the Cross , Gene Edward Veith (
    Veith made the transition so knows the issues. An article at the back of the book that I found compelling and informative is found online with Touchstone Magazine – found here (
    2. Getting Down to Basics Study, Timothy J Wengert downloadable here
    This is a superb summary of key Lutheran distinctives and opens up the Lutheran Confessions.
    3. To Live with Christ, Bo Giertz ( A wonderful daily guide to the Scriptures from a Swedish Lutheran Bishop.
    I personally found studying just the Small Catechism less than satisfying for my transition. The Large Catechism was more helpful for me. I do love Luther’s approach to the Scriptures – following its contours and not being bound by a Systematic Theology, but guided by the Law and Promises and a Christ-focus wherever he read.

    — Tony

  3. A wonderful document to bring clarity to those who are coming to us. Thank you very much Richard for this great resource.

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