Religious Education and catechesis are both evangelisation activities. Both contribute to the development of Christian Faith, though in different ways. Each involves sharing faith, even the relating of personal experiences of faith, by the teacher and the catechist.
Religious education is a form of ministry of the word in its own right. As an activity of evangelisation, it is a means of handing on the Christian Faith. For students in a school it makes the Gospel present in a personal process of cultural, systematic and critical assimilation. Religious education helps students to learn the teachings of the Gospel and to develop ‘a sense of the nature of Christianity’ and of ‘how Christians are trying to live their lives’.