Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Mark Rockenbach

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 2:1


Gudim, Jason D. “Adult Catechesis as Formation and Habitus for the Christian Life.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2021. 127 pp.

The Small and Large Catechisms are a central part of confessional Lutheran theology. Catechism instruction is built into the practice of confirmation. But for many Lutherans, catechesis stops at confirmation, with some never opening their catechisms again. Built into the Great Commission as a disciple-making process are both baptizing and teaching. Catechesis fits the model in that the people of God are guarding the truth of Scripture that has been handed down to them generation by generation. Recent studies in literature also suggest that catechesis fits nicely into known effective methods of learning. This research project attempted to measure the effectiveness of intentional, direct adult catechesis through a seminar taught on the catechism content of the Apostles’ Creed. A short-answer and multiple-choice survey was distributed before and after the seminar. Results suggest that there is a direct connection between exposure to catechetical material and a more confident confession of one’s faith.

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