The Rite of Confirmation gives baptized Christians the opportunity to say “yes” to the faith given to them in the waters of Baptism.
The purpose of confirmation is to help confirmands: 1) Personally confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and take personal ownership in declaring, by the power of the Holy Spirit, their own allegiance to Christ; 2) Eagerly explore the awesomeness of God and the mysteries of faith; 3) Identify themselves as members, as a unique and special part of the body of Christ, as Lutheran and members of a local congregation. 4) Regularly participate in public worship and the reception of holy communion, engage in personal and group Bible study and its application to life, strive to lead God-pleasing lives and offer services to God by serving others; 5) Celebrate the relationships that they have with God as their personal God who loves them graciously, their pastor and their peers participating in the confirmation process, their family and other members of their congregation. (From A Study of Youth Confirmation and First Communion in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: 1998)
Normally youth baptized in infancy are expected to attend classes their 7th and 8th grade years that will explore the basics of the Christian faith, primarily using the Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Normally adults who were baptized in a different Christian faith tradition, and who wish to convert to Confessional Lutheranism, will complete an eight-week introduction to Luther’s Small Catechism. Non-Christians wishing to convert to Christianity will have a longer course of study in preparation for the Confession of Faith and Baptism. Confirmation is not the end of Christian Learning, and lifelong Bible study and discipleship are the Biblical expectations for all Christians. Since we are all at different places in our faith walk, Pastor reserves the right to alter requirements based upon individual needs. If you are interested in preparing for confirmation, please contact the pastor.