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Ideas and thoughts on some changes for Confirmation in the 21st Century.

Ideas and thoughts on some changes for Confirmation in the 21st Century.

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  • Confirmation in the 21st Century
  • In order for this to work ... • I want to have some open and honest discussion • Take it or leave it I am sharing with you what I think and what I feel should be done • Challenge my thinking (in a Jesus way) and ask questions the only way to learn is to ask.
  • • I plan to answer why I have these certain opinions - which might hopefully change the way that you and/or your congregation run their confirmation program. • Then give you some practical ways to help change the way to change confirmation for the better.
  • Information about me...Boring • I am a DCE/Principal in Hannibal, MO • I have been in teaching and DCE and principal ministry for 19+ years • Have overseen confirmation programs for the last 8+ years in different parishes • With Confirmation classes ranging from 50+ to 7 youth
  • 1. I believe that Confirmation should be taken out of our day schools and made as an evening program.
  • 1. I believe that Confirmation should be taken out of our day schools and made as an evening program. 2. Your Church’s Confirmation program is your congregations Jr. High Youth program and everything should stem out of it.
  • 1. I believe that Confirmation should be taken out of our Lutheran day schools and made as an evening program. 2. Your Church’s Confirmation program is your congregations Jr. High Youth program and everything should stem out of it. 3. I believe that we need to follow the first line of the Catechism which states that “This should be taught from Fathers to their children.”
  • I know this will be somewhat controversial.
  • I believe that Confirmation should be taken out of our day schools and made as an evening program.
  • What are we trying to accomplish with Confirmation?
  • What was your confirmation like and what year was it?
  • • When we keep it in our schools we exile students that do not attend during the program • If we move it to the night we connect the youth with each other • We can also do more with the religion class we have in our Lutheran schools
  • Your Church’s Confirmation program is your congregations Jr. High Youth program and everything should stem out of it.
  • First Stop Calling it Confirmation Call it what it is Christian Discipleship Training (CDT) Call it what it is Christian Discipleship
  • Sunday School Servant Events Confirmation Jr. High Youth Fun Events Small Groups Retreats
  • Sunday School Other Ministry Small Groups Confirmation Fun Activities Servant Events Retreats
  • I believe that we need to follow the first line of the Catechism which states that “This should be taught from Fathers to their children.”
  • • Why can’t we put more responsibility on the parents? • Why can’t we put all the lessons online and force our student to (as a family unit) Go to youtube and watch them or Podcast our lessons for them to listen to in a round table discussion with the pastor, DCE, teacher, Elder Why can’t we make our teaching into an app - “There’s an app for that”
  • • These would all be ways that we can help families teach their child (and still have the control that the church wants over their learning).
  • Thoughts and Questions
  • Remember that this is not your Father’s Confirmation Era
  • Ideas • The two year rotation - Small Group Large Group - and make it an experience ✓ Have your Sr. High mentor your Jr. High ✓ Start the evening with a chapel or opening ✓ Get the youth involved with a game or activity to start
  • • In all that we do we should not teach but make Confirmation an experience for the youth • Something that they will enjoy and want to attend week in and out
  • • Use different ways to get your point across • Use active openers and thought provoking questions • Get to know your youth don’t just teach them • Use movie clips to get the point across
  • Like this for prayer
  • The First Commandment and what God thinks about other gods The First Commandment and what God thinks about
  • What about this??? • Confirmation Retreat ✓ Have confirmation for 4 days at a camp ✓ 26 hours of education (same as in a midweek setting) ✓ Plus you can have more fun and get to know the youth
  • OR
  • What about this • Confirmation retreat ✓ Have a weekend retreat for each part of the Catechism ✓ In between each have a assignment (project or something)
  • What about ... • Instead of having a paper done at the end of Confirmation have the students do a service project and report on that to the congregation
  • Or what about ... • Having public questioning for your confirmands ✓ But do this as a Jeopardy event in your church ✓ Have prizes for all the youth ✓ Let them have fun with it and do it during Sunday School time
  • Any other ideas that you can think of?
  • • Email - mkoenig@stjohnshannibal.org • Skype - mattkoenig1 • Facebook - Matt Koenig • Twitter - @mattkoenig