There’s no one right way to write a faith statement. For some it will natural to write out a faith statement. For others it may make more sense to be creative with video, art, dance or music.
This is an example of your faith statement: Have fun thinking about how you can best express your sense of God’s work in your life.
The following are some suggestions or ideas to consider as you work on your faith statement:
1) Don’t begin by thinking, “How long does it have to be?” The answer is however long it takes to tell your story.
2) Be honest; don’t worry about saying the right or wrong thing. Your faith statement isn’t graded or corrected, it is an opportunity to express yourself without fear.
3) Be creative; some believers have written poems, songs or children’s books. Some have created an art piece along with a written description on what inspired you to create it.
Other ideas might be to play a piece of music or share a dance along with a written description on what inspired you to create it.
Here are some topics to consider as you work on your faith statement. Just pick one to think and reflect on as you write yours.
1) Let others know:
· What impact has Jesus had on your life?
· What does confirmation mean to you?
· Why is faith important to you?
· Have you ever been transformed or changed through your faith?
2) Think about and share:
· How do people know you are a Christian?
· How would you like to change the world because of your faith?
· Do the relationships you have reflect your faith?
· How does the way you spend your time show your faith?
· Why do you want to make a difference in our world?
3) Share a story of your life that helps illustrate what your faith is all about or how your faith in God has been shaped.
4) Give personal examples of times in your life when your community and faith helped you through difficult times or to grow in faith.
5) Write about how your faith and view of God, Jesus and being part of the church has changed since you started Confirmation in seventh grade. What has led to these changes in your faith? Is faith more important to you now? Why?
6) Share the questions or struggles you may have about your faith. Are you going through a difficult time in your life? How can your faith help you?
7) Who has helped you grow in faith? What have your parents done for you? Why have they raised you in the church?
8) Share a Bible story or Bible verse that is special to you? How has the story or verse helped you to grow:
· In your faith?
· With your relationship with God?
· With your relationship with your family?
· With your relationship with your friends?
9) How do you see yourself living out your faith in the future? How do you think God and your faith in Jesus will shape your life four months (a year, ten years) from now?
10) What help or support do you need from your classmates, parents, family, pastors, godparents, friends and members of the church to help you grow in your faith and keep your Affirmation of Baptism promises? Be specific.
11) Where do you need help from God to have your faith grow?
12) What do you have to offer to others to help them grow in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ?
13) What feelings or emotions do you have when you think about your faith?
Remember that faith is a lifelong journey. This faith statement isn’t meant to be a final document, but a kind of journal entry along your lifelong journey of faith as you prepare for the ceremony of Confirmation.
Affirmation of Baptism Promise
Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
I do and I ask God to help and guide me.
The time spent in confirmation classes is intended to continue, more intentionally, the exploration of faith, faith and life, and faith and the church so that believers can make that affirmation of baptism statement of faith in the hope and trust that God will continue to lead and guide them in all the aspects of their lives now and in the future.
First, the congregation should develop a card, postcard, brochure, or flyer that members can hand or mail to people as they invite them. The printed material should at least include the church location, worship times, and website address. Yvon Prehn, a church communication specialist, warns against getting bogged down in design details because “people are not wowed into the kingdom.” Rather all material should offer useful content and be easy to read and understand.3
Special events and holidays offer another opportunity for members to invite people they know. Some congregations designate a particular Sunday as Invite-a-Friend Sunday, Open House Sunday, or Special Recognition Sunday (such as honoring teachers, first responders, or
others in the community).4 Congregations can createcards or flyers for these special worship events for members to distribute or mail. Mass communications—the church website and
social media channels, direct mail, yard signs, door hangers, church banners and signs, radio and print ads, and community ads (such as bulletin boards, ads in movie theaters, or sponsoring events)—are additional broad strategies for reaching people. The goal of these efforts is to show the congregation as a place that welcomes newcomers. While no one media strategy produces the desired results in today’s context, some experts argue that there is a growing preference for
printed materials. In fact, even though many congregations have invested in digital marketing strategies, a recent study found that direct mail outperforms all digital communications combined by 600%.5 Still, an up-to-date and easy to navigate church website (optimized for mobile phones) serves as a primary source of information to which print pieces can direct.
the Bible became accessible to more people, how church structure works changed, and it led to a break from practices that did not come from Scripture. As we observe the 500th anniversary of Reformation, we are reminded how one person can start a massive reform. While the Reformation began 500 years ago, we are a church that continues to reform, reshape and renew in many ways. Reform isn’t just one thing. It shapes our theology, our life, our worship, our thinking and our doing. Our gathering is a catalyst for reform. You will hear and see things that will spark something new in you. How will you reform your congregation or community? Look for ways to engage in new insights to continue reform into the future.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.