WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is a ceremony where the believing community hears the one seeking to join the community of faith tell what they believe. The one joining the community, called the Confirmand, answers questions about what s/he believes. In this way, all of the people in the congregation believe the same thing. This sort of unity causes the congregation to be cohesive and focused.
For instance, most people will say they believe in Jesus. However, the question is not as easy as it sounds. Which Jesus? Almost everyone in the world who has heard of Jesus has some idea of who Jesus is. Yet, even in Christian denominations, Jesus is understood in a different way. Lutherans understand Jesus in a very particular way.
The same is true about God, the Holy Spirit, how to act, what it means to be a Christian and all other Christian words. Lutherans have spent 500 years defining everything to do with the Christian Faith. And we Lutherans wrote it down in The Book of Concord. To make it easier for the common people 500 years ago to understand, Dr. Martin Luther wrote the Small Catechism (a short, concise book of teachings) and we Lutherans have used it ever since.
THIS IS WHAT WE STUDY
Very few layman (non-clergy) study this small book of teachings. It is simple but profound; easy to read but quite thought provoking; easy to comprehend but takes effort to understand. The Book of Concord is a huge book and is a required point of study for the Clergy. This little book prepares a student to be in complete harmony with what Lutherans believe, teach and confess (say is the truth).
HOW DO i GET CONFIRMED?
Desire to be a Lutheran. Learn what we believe, teach and say is true. and come to understand you believe like we do about the Christian Faith and what it means to be a Christian. Once you are convinced and willing to publicly say so, then your belief with us is "Confirmed."
WHY DOES THE PASTOR TEACH ME? CAN'T I JUST READ IT FOR MYSELF AND SAY I BELIEVE IT?
Pastors know the Bible and the Book of Concord better than 99% of the Lay people. Pastors go to Seminary for 3 years after college, and spend a year-long Internship under an experienced pastor. The Pastor takes joy in making sure each student learns the true Faith and takes it to heart for the rest of their lives. It is like having one professor for a very small class. The Pastor is a tremendous resource religious resource especially on the Bible and the true interpretation of the Bible. Confirmation is an opportunity!
When Can I Join the Class?
Pastors offer classes usually beginning in the fall of the year. The average age for these classes is 13 or 14. The average time of study is 2 years with weekly classes.
However, adults can arrange private sessions with the Pastor to study the Small or Large Catechism. Adults learn differently than teens and the Pastor can surely tailor the study to the age of the student (s). This is common to all Lutherans. All Lutherans have studied the Small Catechism with their Pastor no matter what age. We Lutherans insist on uniformity of teaching. It can seem like a long road but most things in life worth having are worth lots of effort - especially when it comes to being a Christian in this life a soul in everlasting life.
We Lutherans believe that Jesus really is present personally in the Lord's Supper. We also believe only those who believe that should participate. Baptized Christians are welcome to attend Church but on Confirmed Lutherans are allowed to participate in Holy Communion. Usually a Confirmand is admitted to Holy Communion on the day they are recognized as full members of the Congregation.