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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 yo...
• I plan to answer why I have these certain

opinions - which might hopefully change the
way that you and/or your congrega...
Information about
me...Boring
• I am a DCE/Principal in Hannibal, MO
• I have been in teaching and DCE and
principal minis...
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 Con...
1. I believe that Confirmation should be taken
out of our Lutheran day schools and made
as an evening program.
2. Your Chu...
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 ...
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 D...
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 ...
• Why can’t we put more responsibility on
the parents?

• Why can’t we put all the lessons online and
force our student to...
• These would all be ways that we can help

families teach their child (and still have the
control that the church wants o...
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. ...
• In all that we do we should not teach but

make Confirmation an experience for the
youth

• Something that they will enj...
• Use different ways to get your point across
• Use active openers and thought provoking
questions

• Get to know your you...
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

...
OR
What about this
• Confirmation retreat
✓ Have a weekend retreat for each part of

the Catechism
✓ In between each have a a...
What about ...
• Instead of having a paper done at the end of
Confirmation have the students do a
service project and repo...
Or what about ...
• Having public questioning for your
confirmands

✓ But do this as a Jeopardy event in your

church
✓ Ha...
Any other ideas that
you can think of?
• Email - mkoenig@stjohnshannibal.org
• Skype - mattkoenig1
• Facebook - Matt Koenig
• Twitter - @mattkoenig
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  1. 1. Confirmation in the 21st Century
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. • 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.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 1. I believe that Confirmation should be taken out of our day schools and made as an evening program.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.”
  8. 8. I know this will be somewhat controversial.
  9. 9. I believe that Confirmation should be taken out of our day schools and made as an evening program.
  10. 10. What are we trying to accomplish with Confirmation?
  11. 11. What was your confirmation like and what year was it?
  12. 12. • 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
  13. 13. Your Church’s Confirmation program is your congregations Jr. High Youth program and everything should stem out of it.
  14. 14. First Stop Calling it Confirmation Call it what it is Christian Discipleship Training (CDT) Call it what it is Christian Discipleship
  15. 15. Sunday School Servant Events Confirmation Jr. High Youth Fun Events Small Groups Retreats
  16. 16. Sunday School Other Ministry Small Groups Confirmation Fun Activities Servant Events Retreats
  17. 17. 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.”
  18. 18. • 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”
  19. 19. • 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).
  20. 20. Thoughts and Questions
  21. 21. Remember that this is not your Father’s Confirmation Era
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. • 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
  24. 24. • 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
  25. 25. Like this for prayer
  26. 26. The First Commandment and what God thinks about other gods The First Commandment and what God thinks about
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. OR
  29. 29. What about this • Confirmation retreat ✓ Have a weekend retreat for each part of the Catechism ✓ In between each have a assignment (project or something)
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. Any other ideas that you can think of?
  33. 33. • Email - mkoenig@stjohnshannibal.org • Skype - mattkoenig1 • Facebook - Matt Koenig • Twitter - @mattkoenig
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