The curriculum for Confirmation students at Lutheran Church of the Master follows a three year cycle. During the first year, students study Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther’s “road map” through the Bible. In his Small Catechism, Luther identifies five essentials in Scripture: 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, Creed, Baptism and Holy Communion. During the second year, students read through the Bible studying a selection of favorite biblical stories. During the third year, the students seek answers to “how to live as a follower of Jesus.”

Kristi Kniola, Molly Beck Dean and Pastor Swanson are developing the curriculum for the first four months of Confirmation classes beginning in September. We invite you to review this first draft of the third year’s curriculum and suggest additional important topics:

Following Jesus in Daily Life

  • September 11: Moral demands, faith is not a private matter but is relational to others and the world
  • September 18: Lutheran: Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • September 25: Lutherans today: ELCA, LWF, Colleges, Social Service Agencies, World Missions, Hunger Appeal, Seminaries, a Lutheran magazine
  • October 2: “Blessed are the peace makers.” (Matthew 6): Waging peace
  • October 9: “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Solomon 6:3): sexuality and sexual identify
  • October 16: Who is my neighbor: Islam and Muslims
  • October 23: Who is my neighbor: Jews
  • Nov 6: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free….all are one in Christ” (Galatians 3:28): Racism
  • Nov 13: “Extend hospitality to strangers” (Romans 12:13): Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
  • Nov 27: “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good” (Gen1:31): Care of the earth
  • December 4: “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2): Addiction and mental health
  • December 11: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35): Discipline of the tithe and faithful giving.
  • December 18: Lutherans at Worship: music and liturgy