PD 2016: Wondering about Confirmation

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The Practice Discipleship Initiative
September 8, 2016
Welcome!
Introducing…
Dawn Trautman
dawntrautman.com
The Practice Discipleship Initiative
September 8, 2016
The Practice Discipleship Initiative
September 8, 2016
Practice Discipleship Initiative
Leadership Development for the sake of Faith
Formation
The Practice Discipleship Initiative
September 8, 2016
• Wondering Creatively
• Wondering About the Church
• Wondering Through Service Learning
• Wondering with Children and Youth
• Wondering About Confirmation
• Wondering in Prayer
• Wondering at Creation
Wonder
The Practice Discipleship Initiative
September 8, 2016
Introducing…
Wondering about Confirmation
Dr. Terri Elton
Luther Seminary
Wondering
about
Confirmation
Terri Martinson Elton
Luther Seminary
Our Insights
and
Experiences with
Confirmation
1. Write a definition of
Confirmation.
2. Think about two
practices important to
confirmation and why.
Learnings from
this Session
4 ideas from this session:
• Within the Lutheran church,
confirmation is not a sacrament.
• Confirmation is a ministry with a
rich and varied tradition within the
Lutheran church.
• Confirmation has been an
adaptive ministry, adjusting to the
needs of the church and its context.
• What do this mean for us today?
as the ELCA? as synods? for our
congregation? Might confirmation
be a treasure worth rethinking?
Expanding our
understanding of
Confirmation
4 perspectives:
• the ELCA
• theological
• historical
• missional
ELCA definition“Confirmation ministry is a
pastoral and educational
ministry of the church that
helps the baptized through
Word and Sacrament to
identify more deeply with the
Christian community and
participate more fully in its
mission.”
The Confirmation Ministry Task Force Report –
adopted by the third biennial Churchwide Assembly
of the ELCA on September 1, 1993.
Discussion
• How does this definition of confirmation fit with your
understanding?
• What would you add or change?
ELCA vision
Confirmation ministry is an
opportunity for congregations to renew
the vision of living by grace,
grounded in Baptism.
This vision is especially important for
ministry with young Christians, but it
has lifelong implications.
Through identity with the baptized
community, we grow in mission,
discipleship, and our vocations in
daily life.
The Confirmation Ministry Task Force Report – adopted by the
third biennial Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA on September 1,
1993.
Wonder
What is the role of the congregation in affirming youth in Christian
faithfulness with an emphasis on lifelong learning and discipleship?
Discussion
• What are ways your congregation is affirming youth
in their Christian faith?
• What is the difference between seeing confirmation as
an end to learning versus one step in a lifelong process
of learning?
• How would you help students discover what it means to
live as a disciple of Jesus?
Confirmation is
not a sacrament.
Lutherans
understand
sacraments
to be an
earthly element
made
holy by God
commanded
by Christ
that serve as
a means of grace.
…but is
grounded in our
understanding of
the sacraments.
theological perspective
a theology of
confirmation grows out
of our understanding of
baptism.
God names and
claims us as
children of God.
theological perspective
a theology of
confirmation is
connected to our
understanding of
Word and
sacrament.
We are people loved
and forgiven, created
to live in community.
theological perspective
a theology of
confirmation emerges
out of our
understanding of God’s
mission in the world.
We discover
purpose and
mission as we
participate in
God’s mission in
the world .
the point of confirmation
ministry is living a life of faith
based on loving God and
loving our neighbor
theological perspective
Discussion
• Using these three theological concepts, name practices
important to confirmation ministry.
• How are these theological concepts similar or different to
your understanding of confirmation?
• What insights do you have about confirmation when you
connect the ELCA’s definition of confirmation and these three
theological concepts?
Confirmation has
been an adaptive
ministry adjusting
to the needs of the
church and its
context.
Luther Lindberg in Confirmation: Engaging Lutheran
Foundations and Practices notes, “confirmation has been a
tangled web, a maze of confusion, a complicated and
controverted practice since the beginning. Even though its
practice has been taken seriously – perhaps too seriously –
for centuries, its theology and meaning have seldom been
clear.” (43-44)
the freedom connected
with confirmation is a
gift of the Lutheran
church and it makes
confirmation ministry
confusing.
confirmation
has not been
one thing
historical perspective
a quick history
historical perspective
• connects confirmation with
baptism and lifts up the role
the individual has in
embracing or committing
to a life with Christ.
• more about God and focused
on the confirmand receiving
the Holy Spirit.
• reaffirmation of baptism
and the unfolding life of
faith within the confirmand.
clusters of
understandings
Discussion
Take the cards from the opening activity, mix them up, and
redistribute them among groups. Have people within the
groups read the definitions and discern which of the three
views would the definitions fall into.
When finished discuss:
• How did these definitions align with the ELCA’s
definition? How did they differ? What insights did you
learn about confirmation?
Confirmation has
been an adaptive
ministry adjusting
to the needs of the
church and its
context.
The adaptive aspect of confirmation is as
important today as it was for the early
church and in the time of the Reformation.
Perhaps this is a time for rethinking
confirmation.
The religious landscape in the United States
has shifted.
• The United States finds itself in a time when
faith formation needs to be intentional
and
• the Christian church is having to learn new
ways of being community and forming
faith.
missional perspective
Wonder
How can the church help people
discover a Christian way of life in the 21st century?
Discussion
• What shifts are you seeing in your context? What impact
are those shifts having on faith formation?
• How is your congregation adapting to the changing
culture? What might those adaptations mean for
confirmation?
• What would it entail to rethink confirmation within this
environment?
what does all of
this mean?
What is the role of the
congregation in affirming youth
in Christian faithfulness with an
emphasis on lifelong learning
and discipleship?
Confirmation as:
• beginning, rather than
completion
• a ministry of the
congregation (or connecting
ministry), rather than an
isolated ministry
• catalyst for lifelong faith
formation, rather than the
whole encyclopedia of
doctrine
• communal endeavor, rather
than individual journey
There is more than
one right answer to
confirmation
ministry!
Resources
• theconfirmationproject.org
• Rethinking Confirmation videos at Luther
Seminary’s You Tube channel
• Confirmation: Engaging Lutheran
Foundations and Practices, Minneapolis:
Augsburg Fortress, 1999
• 1993 ELCA resources – Six Models of
Confirmation Ministry and Tools for
Teaching Confirmation by Ken Smith
• Elton, Terri, “What is Faith Formation in a
Missional Age?” in Lifelong Faith Journal,
vol. 7.4, winter 2013.
http://www.lifelongfaith.com/journal.html
• Shallue, Diane, “Faith Formation in a
Missional Age – Continuing the
Conversation” in Lifelong Faith Journal, vol.
8.3, spring/summer 2015.
http://www.lifelongfaith.com/journal.html
www.practicediscipleship.org
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• Ministries
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20th
1pm CDT
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September 8, 2016
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Next Practice Discipleship Webinar
Dr. Mindy Makant
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Thursday, October 13th
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PD 2016: Wondering about Confirmation

  • 1. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 Welcome!
  • 2. Introducing… Dawn Trautman dawntrautman.com The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016
  • 3. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 Practice Discipleship Initiative Leadership Development for the sake of Faith Formation
  • 4. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 • Wondering Creatively • Wondering About the Church • Wondering Through Service Learning • Wondering with Children and Youth • Wondering About Confirmation • Wondering in Prayer • Wondering at Creation Wonder
  • 5. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 Introducing… Wondering about Confirmation Dr. Terri Elton Luther Seminary
  • 7. Our Insights and Experiences with Confirmation 1. Write a definition of Confirmation. 2. Think about two practices important to confirmation and why.
  • 8. Learnings from this Session 4 ideas from this session: • Within the Lutheran church, confirmation is not a sacrament. • Confirmation is a ministry with a rich and varied tradition within the Lutheran church. • Confirmation has been an adaptive ministry, adjusting to the needs of the church and its context. • What do this mean for us today? as the ELCA? as synods? for our congregation? Might confirmation be a treasure worth rethinking?
  • 9. Expanding our understanding of Confirmation 4 perspectives: • the ELCA • theological • historical • missional
  • 10. ELCA definition“Confirmation ministry is a pastoral and educational ministry of the church that helps the baptized through Word and Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in its mission.” The Confirmation Ministry Task Force Report – adopted by the third biennial Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA on September 1, 1993.
  • 11. Discussion • How does this definition of confirmation fit with your understanding? • What would you add or change?
  • 12. ELCA vision Confirmation ministry is an opportunity for congregations to renew the vision of living by grace, grounded in Baptism. This vision is especially important for ministry with young Christians, but it has lifelong implications. Through identity with the baptized community, we grow in mission, discipleship, and our vocations in daily life. The Confirmation Ministry Task Force Report – adopted by the third biennial Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA on September 1, 1993.
  • 13. Wonder What is the role of the congregation in affirming youth in Christian faithfulness with an emphasis on lifelong learning and discipleship?
  • 14. Discussion • What are ways your congregation is affirming youth in their Christian faith? • What is the difference between seeing confirmation as an end to learning versus one step in a lifelong process of learning? • How would you help students discover what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus?
  • 15. Confirmation is not a sacrament. Lutherans understand sacraments to be an earthly element made holy by God commanded by Christ that serve as a means of grace. …but is grounded in our understanding of the sacraments.
  • 16. theological perspective a theology of confirmation grows out of our understanding of baptism. God names and claims us as children of God.
  • 17. theological perspective a theology of confirmation is connected to our understanding of Word and sacrament. We are people loved and forgiven, created to live in community.
  • 18. theological perspective a theology of confirmation emerges out of our understanding of God’s mission in the world. We discover purpose and mission as we participate in God’s mission in the world .
  • 19. the point of confirmation ministry is living a life of faith based on loving God and loving our neighbor theological perspective
  • 20. Discussion • Using these three theological concepts, name practices important to confirmation ministry. • How are these theological concepts similar or different to your understanding of confirmation? • What insights do you have about confirmation when you connect the ELCA’s definition of confirmation and these three theological concepts?
  • 21. Confirmation has been an adaptive ministry adjusting to the needs of the church and its context. Luther Lindberg in Confirmation: Engaging Lutheran Foundations and Practices notes, “confirmation has been a tangled web, a maze of confusion, a complicated and controverted practice since the beginning. Even though its practice has been taken seriously – perhaps too seriously – for centuries, its theology and meaning have seldom been clear.” (43-44)
  • 22. the freedom connected with confirmation is a gift of the Lutheran church and it makes confirmation ministry confusing. confirmation has not been one thing historical perspective
  • 24. historical perspective • connects confirmation with baptism and lifts up the role the individual has in embracing or committing to a life with Christ. • more about God and focused on the confirmand receiving the Holy Spirit. • reaffirmation of baptism and the unfolding life of faith within the confirmand. clusters of understandings
  • 25. Discussion Take the cards from the opening activity, mix them up, and redistribute them among groups. Have people within the groups read the definitions and discern which of the three views would the definitions fall into. When finished discuss: • How did these definitions align with the ELCA’s definition? How did they differ? What insights did you learn about confirmation?
  • 26. Confirmation has been an adaptive ministry adjusting to the needs of the church and its context. The adaptive aspect of confirmation is as important today as it was for the early church and in the time of the Reformation. Perhaps this is a time for rethinking confirmation.
  • 27. The religious landscape in the United States has shifted. • The United States finds itself in a time when faith formation needs to be intentional and • the Christian church is having to learn new ways of being community and forming faith. missional perspective
  • 28. Wonder How can the church help people discover a Christian way of life in the 21st century?
  • 29. Discussion • What shifts are you seeing in your context? What impact are those shifts having on faith formation? • How is your congregation adapting to the changing culture? What might those adaptations mean for confirmation? • What would it entail to rethink confirmation within this environment?
  • 30. what does all of this mean? What is the role of the congregation in affirming youth in Christian faithfulness with an emphasis on lifelong learning and discipleship?
  • 31. Confirmation as: • beginning, rather than completion • a ministry of the congregation (or connecting ministry), rather than an isolated ministry • catalyst for lifelong faith formation, rather than the whole encyclopedia of doctrine • communal endeavor, rather than individual journey
  • 32. There is more than one right answer to confirmation ministry!
  • 33. Resources • theconfirmationproject.org • Rethinking Confirmation videos at Luther Seminary’s You Tube channel • Confirmation: Engaging Lutheran Foundations and Practices, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1999 • 1993 ELCA resources – Six Models of Confirmation Ministry and Tools for Teaching Confirmation by Ken Smith • Elton, Terri, “What is Faith Formation in a Missional Age?” in Lifelong Faith Journal, vol. 7.4, winter 2013. http://www.lifelongfaith.com/journal.html • Shallue, Diane, “Faith Formation in a Missional Age – Continuing the Conversation” in Lifelong Faith Journal, vol. 8.3, spring/summer 2015. http://www.lifelongfaith.com/journal.html
  • 34. www.practicediscipleship.org Download and Share Archived Webinars Free Curriculum and Videos Local Practice Discipleship Events The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016
  • 35. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 The Mobile Network • Streaming videos of education events • Interactive Prayer Wall • News and Events • Local Network Finder • Now the Entire Bible • Discover Our Mission, Vision, History, Leadership Teams and More • Ministries • Contact Info
  • 36. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 “Practice Discipleship Initiative” @elcapd Follow us on Social Media…
  • 37. Tuesday, September 20th 1pm CDT The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016
  • 38. www.practicediscipleship.org Next Practice Discipleship Webinar Dr. Mindy Makant Lenoir-Rhyne University Thursday, October 13th 1pm CDT Wondering in Prayer
  • 39. The Practice Discipleship Initiative September 8, 2016 Thank you for joining us!

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