Simon Chan, a systematic theologian and leader in the Assemblies of God denomination, has been called “the world’s most liturgically minded Pentecostal.” He said the following in an interview with Christianity Today:
“We need to rediscover this ancient word, catechism. In a way, it is very straightforward. Its purpose is to help people become the body of Christ and be incorporated into the church. And I don’t think that the modern church can improve very much on what has already been given: the creeds, the great commandments, the Lord’s Prayer. Those are the basic things that help the church develop its identity as the church of Jesus Christ. We can certainly add other training programs, but I think the catechism should be central to any training of disciples.
“Now, the traditional approach was rote learning, asking questions and memorizing the responses. That may not be the most useful approach now, although it’s surprising how some of those things we learn by rote stick at the back of our minds for a lifetime.” (Emphasis added.)
Read the full interview at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/june/11.48.html .