“Should we catechize our children?” is a question I’ve heard a lot recently. Historically, many Christians would have taken the answer for granted, and many traditions still retain a catechism as an important part of the teaching ministry of the home and church. But the necessity of catechesis is no longer universally assumed.
The staff at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City addressed this by creating the New City Catechism (NCC), to be used by their congregation. It has 52 questions with longer answers for adults and shorter ones for children. This new catechism borrows heavily from the Reformation catechisms, but its existence as a phone app, its visual innovation, and the creation of original children’s music to aid in memorization have helped to cement its identity as a catechism for a 21st century context.
Tim Keller explains the thinking behind the project and the ongoing need to catechize our children.
The NCC app has existed since 2012, but its popularity and demand for a print version prompted Crossway to release it in book form later this month. In addition, a 52-part devotional containing scripture reading, commentary, and prayers will be available as an aid in family worship and individual reflection on the catechism.
The New City Catechism is a 128-page paperback which will retail at $7.99. The New City Catechism Devotional is a 240-page hardcover which will retail at $19.99. Both are developed by Redeemer Presbyterian Church and The Gospel Coalition, and published by Crossway. They will be available for purchase for the first time in print on April 30.
Additional resources are available at www.newcitycatechism.com.