There are many reasons that the United Methodist Church needs a catechism. We need a way to clearly and concisely teach our beliefs to our members. That teaching will help us avoid theological pluralism and avoid drifting from basic Wesleyan theology. As we look to our history, we will see a great precedent for this kind of Christian preparation and discipleship. As we look to our future, we may find great hope for renewal through a fresh immersion in the faith.
The German Methodists actually used the The Heidelberg Catechism.
It might be better if we simply used the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church… because in the end, a catechism that says schism is bad (even passively) means that all schism is bad. Maybe we just head back to Rome?
Don’t let my naysaying stop you from reading the article, however. I encourage you to do so.