One of the most compelling means of persuasion is storytelling—especially stories from one’s own experience. For that reason, storytelling has a significant role to play in evangelization and catechesis. Often, however, when I speak to catechists about sharing their stories, their initial response is, “But I don’t have a story!”
The truth is, however, that all of us have a story to tell; in fact, we have many stories! All we need is a little prompting and reflection to get in touch with our personal stories. For catechists, I like to emphasize that one of the first stories we should tell to those we teach and to our peers is how we became a catechist in the first place. Becoming a catechist is a life-changing experience—and that’s not being overly dramatic, given the fact that, as a catechist, you are now dedicating significant chunks of your personal time to preparing and delivering lessons for others.
With that in mind, I invite you to share your story of becoming a catechist! I’m especially interested in hearing from people who have become catechists during the pandemic and the age of remote teaching. But, I’d also love to hear from those of you who have been catechists for 5, 10, 20, or 50 years! Sharing and reading such stories is edifying for our shared vocation of serving as catechists.
So, what’s your story? How did you become a catechist? Please share through the Leave a Reply feature below.