Equipped for Ministry Class-Preparing for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation
In preparation of the Archbishop’s arrival in February, we are starting our Equipped for Ministry Class on January 8, 2023 for those who wish to be Confirmed in the Anglican Communion, Received in the Anglican Communion, or Reaffirm their faith.
Confirmation: What is it and why do we do it?
In the rite, a person renews his or her baptismal vows of faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Confirmation is especially appropriate for those who have been baptized as infants and now own their faith in Christ for themselves.
Second, Confirmation is about anointing. When the bishop lays his hands on you during the rite, he asks God to pour out his Holy Spirit on you and give you the power to carry out your ministry and mission in the life of Christ the King. The Spirit has given each member of the church gifts, abilities and passions and sends us on mission for the kingdom. Think of it as the “ordination of the laity.”
Who is Confirmation for?
Confirmation is specifically for those who have not been confirmed in the Anglican Communion. If you were confirmed in The Episcopal Church before the summer of 2003, your confirmation counts in the Anglican Communion.
Who is Reception for?
This rite is taken by people who have already been both baptized and confirmed, but did so outside of the Anglican Communion. If you were confirmed in The Episcopal Church after summer of 2003, we recommend this rite for you as well. Reception is performed by the Bishop in the Confirmation Service.
Who is Reaffirmation for?
This rite is designed for those who were at one time baptized and confirmed, but afterwards left the way of Christ and his Church. It is also appropriate for those who would like to publicly renew their dedication to Christ, though they have not actually left the way of Christ or his Church. Reaffirmation is performed by the Bishop in the Confirmation Service.
What is common to all the rites?
Those pursuing Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation will be publicly asked to:
- Repent of your sins and renounce evil.
- Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- State that you have been baptized and instructed in the Christian Faith.
- Be ready to take your place as a lay-minister in the church.
How do I prepare for these rites?
Participation in the class, Equipped for Ministry, is required. This four-week class prepares you for by meeting three main goals:
- Following Jesus: We want you to affirm your faith in Jesus and your commitment to follow his way.
- Discovering Anglicanism: We want to orient you to the Anglican history, tradition, and theology and how that is lived out at Christ the King.
- Empowered Ministry: We want you to know and use your spiritual gifts to minister at Christ the King.
Equipped for Ministry has three methods:
- Teaching Sessions: Candidates will meet four times (2 hours each, with lunch included) for interactive instruction covering the three goals above.
- Homework Assignments: Candidates will have homework assignments of prayer, Bible Study, and memorization to help you further explore what is taught in the teaching sessions.
- Mentoring Sessions (Youth Only): Youth will be paired with an older member of Christ the King who will serve as a confirmation sponsor. They will meet separately to discuss and apply what was learned in the class and how it has affected the life of both the sponsor and the candidate.
What are the requirements for the Equipped for Ministry class?
We ask that during the course of the class, candidates attend Sunday worship each week, participate in at least 3 of the 4 Equipped for Ministry class sessions, commit to a personal devotional life, and complete all homework, journaling and memorization.
Equipped for Ministry will include four 2-hr classes, from 12:15pm-2:15pm, each Sunday 1/8-1/29. Lunch will be provided.
- The Early Church through the development of the Creeds
- The Nicene Creed
- The Apostles’ Creed
- History of Anglicanism Part I: Protestant Reformation through Colonial Expansion
- The Ten Commandments
- The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
- The Catechism
- The Sacraments
- The Rites of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation
- The Baptismal Covenant
- Understanding Liturgy & the Calendar
- The Sunday Service (Instructed Eucharist)
- Using The Book of Common Prayer
- History of Anglicanism Part II:
- Western Deterioration and the formation of The Anglican Church of North America
- Discovering our Spiritual Gifts
- Plugging in at Christ the King
How do I register for Equipped for Ministry?
Registration information will be updated soon.