Confirmation - strengthening the faith formation of adolescents and their parents: contextualizing Luther's catechism for a local Lutheran congregation
Timothy P Philabaum
This thesis is to provide an understanding of how adolescents grow in their faith development, and how a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may assist in that growth of the adolescents as well as their parents. The scope is centered on a Lutheran view of confirmation, in which the seventh and eighth graders experience an intensive study in Bible, Martin Luther's Small Catechism, and faith. The results gathered set a framework for confirmation ministry in a Lutheran congregation, providing guidance for a confirmation ministry program and support for the parents of the adolescents.