The word "catechism" is taken from one of the New Testament words for "teach" or "instruct" (Luke 1.4). When we use the word "catechism" today we are usually referring to the core teachings of the Christian faith. When Jesus said to make disciples baptizing, He also said to teach (Matthew 28.19). It is important for all Christians to be instructed in the basic teachings of the faith.
Ideally this instruction begins at home, but it also continues in the church and school. Our instructions for youth begin in Sunday School, Christian Day School, and midweek classes (for children who do not attend our school).
Tuesday Evenings 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Lower Level
This class is for 5th and 6th grade students not attending Good Shepherd Lutheran School. In this class we teach all the major Bible stories of the Old and New Testament. This class is required before beginning 7th and 8th grade confirmation class. For more information contact
7th and 8th Grade Catechism
Tuesday Evenings 7:00-8:30 and Saturdays 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Lower Level
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran School 8:30-9:10 a.m.
This class prepares students for Confirmation and participation in Holy Communion. This class focuses on the main teachings of the Bible using Martin Luther's Small Catechism. Teachers:
Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence, wrote “There is a peculiar aptitude in the minds of children for religious knowledge.” Jesus, Himself said, “Let the little children come unto Me” (Mark 10.14).
Our most important text is the Bible. But to get the most out of the Bible we also use Martin Luther's Small Catechism and Explanation. This little book helps young discip les find the important teachings of the Bible. Bibles and Small Catechisms are available at the Church or School.
We like to say that the Catechism class really begins on Sunday. Everything we teach is connected to Christian worship. An important part of our learning process is to learn what is going on in worship. To help with this we require our students to take sermon notes. Students who are unable to attend worship may take notes from the online sermons. Non-members may take notes from their own church.
Learning By Heart:
God encourages us to learn His word by heart (Psalm 119.11). This is a great help to our living by faith. But it also has other benefits as memorization trains the mind. We encourage you to set aside a little time each day for Learning by Heart. See Learning by Heart verses below.
Martin Luther wrote the Small Catechism first for parents to use when teaching their children. We urge parents to work with their children in this vitally important aspect of their lives.
At this age students often ask very challenging questions. They can be especially sensitive to the differences in the teachings of different churches. If there are things taught in this class that you don’t understand or have questions about, don’t hesitate to email or call the teacher.
You know by now the classes at Good Shepherd are thoroughly Lutheran. We also hope you know that we are respectful of those who differ with our beliefs. “Respect” means that we will not ridicule or falsely characterize anyone’s beliefs. We are also careful to show the good that can be found in all religions.
However, sometimes we do have to say that we disagree with a certain teaching. This can cause tension in a young person’s heart. There’s no way to avoid this. We all have to wrestle with these things sooner or later. If there are doctrinal differences, our advice is to talk about them with your children. Explain what you believe and show them why. Talk to your pastor or with the teacher for more clarification. We do have a series of classes which cover the same teaching for adults. You’re welcome to attend at anytime.
Martin Luther's Small Catechism Online
Profession of Faith Service Questions