The "Storied" Catechism Class
Everybody loves a good story. It can be a movie that leaves its viewers crying, happy memories of bedtime stories, or a favorite story from the Bible. Good stories do a number of things. They grab a person’s attention, involve them in the events, and leave an impression on their listeners long after the initial telling. It is with this in mind that this author reconsiders the use of storytelling in teaching catechism class. He coins the term “storied teaching” to summarize this concept. A “storied” catechism class is where the teacher bases the lesson around one central story with supporting Bible passages. Included topics in the essay range from which stories are suitable to tips on how to use them. By the essay’s end, the reader will have the necessary tools and understanding to adopt a “storied” catechism class in their own ministry.