Catechism Class for Prospective Members

Jesus taught His disciples thoroughly for 3 years before He gave them Holy Communion. Following our Lord’s example, we require that all prospective members undergo a course of instruction lasting several weeks before communing.

We want to make strong disciples, and that means that we are interested in more than a one-time encounter with God. Strong disciples know how to use God’s law to examine themselves and repent. They know the creed; more than that, they trust every word of it. They know how to pray a prayer of repentance and faith, for they have been taught to pray as the Lord taught us. And they know the meaning of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and cherish these gifts, as well as the gift of holy absolution.

It takes a lifetime to fully learn these truths as we ought to know them. We do not expect that level of maturity before someone could ever join our church or else no one ever could. However, we want all the people in our church to have a basic grasp of these truths and so we insist on a course of instruction in these matters before admitting people to the Lord’s Supper. If you have not already received this instruction at a sister church (a congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod or one of its worldwide sister churches), we ask that you first go through this course so that you know what we believe, teach, and confess, and then make that confession of faith your own. Pastor Kellerman will be more than happy to arrange for a catechism class.