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of a Masters of Theology degree at The Boston College School of Theology & Ministry Proposal: A recovery of the baptismal catechumenate within the Evangelical Church will aid in its goal to proclaim the Gospel and to make disciples of Jesus Christ by providing a process through which people can become fully integrated members of the Body of Christ. Part 1: Baptism & Discipleship 1. The Problems facing Evangelicals Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (or the Americanization of the Church) Punctiliar understanding of Conversion (or lack of Sanctification/Union with Christ) Lack of Baptismal Preparation (or Baptismal Covenant) Church Consumerism (or the minimization of Church membership) 2. The recent call of Discipleship by Evangelicals Grounded in the Gospel (Gary Parrett & Jim Packer) Almost Christian (Kendra Creasy Dean) & NSYR Transforming Conversion (Gordon T. Smith) 3. Explaining Catechesis (the RCIA) to Evangelicals Augustine & the Catechumenate (Harmless) Evangelical Hospitality (Tory Baucum) Simple Church (Eric Geiger & Thom Rainer) & the RCIA Shared Christian Praxis (James Duening) Part 2: The Stages of Catechesis (Discipleship) 4. Inquires, clarity, relationship & being taught by the truth Formal—Alpha Non-Formal Informal (& Implicit) 5. Competentes, movement, rituals & being grounded in the Gospel Formal Non-Formal Informal (& Implicit) 6. Neophytes, alignment, rhetoric & liberated by the life Formal—Baptism/Church Membership Class Non-Formal Informal (& Implicit) 7. Faithful, focus, roles & walking in the way of righteousness Formal—Mystaogogy Non-Formal Informal (& Implicit) Conclusion: Making a big deal about Baptism Appendices: Specific Practices for Evangelical Churches A. Baptist & Bible Churches B. Pentecostal & Charismatic Churches C. Presbyterian & Reformed Churches D. Anglican & Lutheran Churches
RCIA Inquirers Competentes Neophytes Faithful Simple Church Clarity Movement Alignment Focus Grounded in the Gospel Grounded in the Gospel Being taught by the Truth Liberated by Life Walking in the Way of Righteousness Evangelical Hostility Relationships Rhetoric Rituals Roles Transforming Conversion Spiritual Autobiography Penitential Dimension of Conversion Sacramental Dimension of Conversion Being the Church Parallels between the RCIA and Evangelicals Approaches to Catechesis .