Sunday Forum on January 13 welcomes the Rev. Dr. Richard Rouse who will introduce the concept of the catechumenate. Preparing people to live out their baptism in daily life has always been one of the key tasks of the Christian church. Pastor Rouse will provide both an historical overview of an ancient faith formation process and a practical application for today’s church designed to help people go deeper in their spiritual journey and embrace their baptismal calling. Find out more about reclaiming this gift from the Early Church and how it can transform not only individuals but also an entire faith community.
Pastor Rouse serves as part time synod staff for the Grand Canyon Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) as Director of the synod’s Missional Leadership Academy. He also works as a consultant with congregations in the area of Strategic Planning, Leadership Training, and Stewardship Development. He is currently President of the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC). Prior to coming to Arizona in January 2006, he served as the Executive Director for Church Relations and Continuing Theological Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA for over ten years. He will return April 25-27 for the Southwest Training Institute of the North American Association for the Catechumenate hosted by Christ the King Church. See information on the Institute
Rouse is the author of numerous publications including two books for Augsburg Fortress–Fire of Grace: The Healing Power of Forgiveness and A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation. His newest book is “Go Make Disciples: An Invitation to Baptismal Living.” Pastor Rouse is married to Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress. They have three grown children, one who serves as an ELCA pastor in Madison, WI.