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Entrance Requirements for Confirmation Classes


Relative to Entrance Requirements for Confirmation Classes

(St. Peter Lutheran Church)

Our beloved Synod has at all times placed great emphasis on the Christian trianing of the child.  In order to bring up the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and thus comply with the specific demand regarding the child’s Christian training, Christian day schools were organized in which the fundamentals of Christian doctrine were inculcated upon the child.  The elementary text book for religious instruction was Luther’s Small Catechism.

The contents of this book, which is based upon the Bible, ought to be familiar to every Lutheran child.  The six chief parts of Christian doctrine, the table of duties, the Christian questions and answers, and most of the Biblical stories referred to int he Catechism ought to have been committed to memory when the hcild enters the catechumen class preparatory to confirmation.  Only then can the instructor of the catechumen class effectively build upon the foundation which has been laid.  The past has taught us that many parents of our beloved church do not make use of our blessed institution, the nursery of our church, the Christian day-school.  In consequence hteir children must forego a thorough daily instruction int he chief doctrines of Chrsitian religion.  Such children, as a rule, have not committed to memory the necessary essentials of the Bible; most of the Bible stories are foreign to them, and for this reason much time must be spent with preparatory work which ought to  be devoted to the explanation fo the Catechism and a much needed repetition of Bible verses.  The prescrib ed course must be hurried over and consequently cannot sink deeply into the heart of the child and be of lasting value for life.  The training is not thorough enough to assure an intelligent, whole-hearted, and deep-rooted knowledge of the Bible and the chief doctrines contained therein. 

Because of this fact, we members of St. Peter’s Church, have deemed it our Christian duty and solemn obligation to give our children, the future members of our congregation, a more thorough instruction in Christian religion, and have therefore resolved that hereafter the entrance requirement into the catechumen class preparatory to confirmation be as follows:

1.  A knowledge of the six chief parts of Christian doctrine, i.e. the ten commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, Holy Baptism, the Office of the Keys and Confession, Sacrament of the Altar.

2.  The Table of Duties.

3.  Luther’s Christian Questions and Answers.

4.  Bible stories listen in the Catechism.

Those unable to meet above requirements must attend class for two years.  (Resolution adopted by congregation on December 7, 1924).

  1. November 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve been gathering resources for our congregation to rethink how we do catechesis, and I hadn’t found much about entrance to the church’s catechumenate. This is a great starting point.

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