This is a recent comment I left on Catechist Connection (which has re-opened), concerning catechist formation:
I’m a big advocate of catechist formation. I think catechists should be models of lifelong learning. If catechists were like a religious community, I think that lifelong learning about the Catholic faith would be our “charism.” This learning can happen whenever possible, however possible: workshops, seminars, courses of study, online learning, reading, videos, and so on. No one size fits all. The important thing is to be learning about the faith, a process that is never done. Let’s give the catechist who couldn’t name the big red book with the gold cross on it the benefit of the doubt…maybe she didn’t know the answer at the moment but for all we know, she may be involved in formation at a beginning stage. Being a catechist is not about having all the answers. I always tell catechists, if you don’t know the answer, promise the kids you’ll get the answer for next time…that’s a way of modeling lifelong learning and showing that you are a disciple of Christ, striving to learn more and to grow closer to the Lord. Since learning happens in so many forms, I would like to recommend one form: reading books. I compiled a bibliography of introductory level books for the Website of the Catholic Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. This list can also be helpful for catechists who are beginners. Look over the list, find titles you are interested in and contact the various publishers or order through Amazon.com. Bottom line: KEEP ON LEARNING! The link to the bibliography is: http://yamchicago.com/books/.