Confirmation is about far more than simply learning the teachings of the Church. Information can be learned from books without coming to a class. But confirmation is about more than information. In fact, it’s about formation – learning how to be Jesus’ own disciple!
Now a disciple isn’t just someone who sits in class, takes notes, and then answers questions on a test. A disciple is someone who follows his teacher, watching, observing, and imitating. It was a common blessing in Jesus’ day to say, “May you be covered with the dust of your rabbi.” What an incredible thought – that we follow so closely on the heels of Jesus that we become covered with the dust kicked up by His sandals! That’s what this confirmation class is designed to do.
But we do not become disciples by ourselves in isolation. No, we learn the art of discipleship in the communion and companionship of our fellow disciples. We learn how to be a member of God’s family by being part of God’s family.
Confirmation at Salem is a two year program which begins in seventh grade. During these years, our confirmands learn the basics of the Christian faith as taught in the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism. Specific emphasis is given to the Old and New Testaments, the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Communion, Confession and Absolution, and what it means to be a Lutheran Christian. It will also intentionally folds the confirmands into the warp and woof of the life of the Church by having them participate in various functions of the congregation.
Confirmation is during normal school hours for our Salem Lutheran School students. Classes for confirmands who do not attend Salem Lutheran School meet on Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm.