Just Insert “Lutherans”

I think this short article applies equally well to the Lutheran Church.


5 thoughts on “Just Insert “Lutherans”

  1. The Roman Catholics give First Communion at age 7 – you can hardly say that the people being instructed are adults. Most Lutherans complete Confirmation at age 13, 14 – barely being an adult. Many have said we need to educate our youth going past Confirmation, or encouraging Bible Study. Reams of discussion have been made on the effectiveness of Youth Ministry. The effectiveness of Youth Ministry is dependant on whether the youth are made to feel part of the whole congregation, and are equipped for Ministry. Oftentimes, the youth are treated as a separate group of worshippers, with bad consequences. I have seen great improvement over the past 30 years with youth ministries that impact whole congregations, and with mission trips. Project Can-do can be listed as a success.

  2. I think that that applies quite well to Lutheranism. Especially in the LCMS. One of the things that I treasure most about the traditional mass (upheld in our very Confessions, the Confessions that our pastors MUST swear to!) is how it takes us through the Christian life. We confess. We are absolved. We hear the Word. We hear the Word. We hear the Word. We receive Christ bodily in the Eucharist and are knit together through his holy Body and Blood. We are blessed.

    Unfortunately, these newfangled rock/country/contemporary incarnations of the Divine Service don’t give us any clue as to what Lutherans believe, but rather what pop culture believes. And this comes from a “young person.” I’m 22. I’m hip and with it, I have thick-rimmed glasses, I wear flannel, I listen to indie music, and I’m cooler than anyone, blah blah blah. But I want my liturgy to connect me with historical Christianity and reflect what I believe.

    If my church had a “youth minister,” I’d leave. No questions asked. So much for reaching out to youth.

    • Thanks Caleb.

      We need to do a much better job of teaching your (our; I’m 30) generation about the riches of the liturgy, as well as why we do what we do, so that when they encounter these other forms, they can see the theology behind them. There is absolutely nothing like a full-on Lutheran liturgy done well.


  3. I agree, and God willing, I’ll be attending seminary this fall to learn that very thing. The thing that I really don’t understand regarding the “post-modern” Christianity that’s seemingly all-pervasive these days is specific ministry. The idea, I guess is that youth (or somebody who “understands” youth) should minister to youth with youth tropes, women should minister to women with womanly tropes (which is….sexist?), and so on. Where though, do you stop? Should my father be the grey-haired, golf-loving, wears-socks-with-sandals minister? There’s a reason that St. Paul commends Timothy for considering the ministry, calling it a noble task. Because it’s difficult! It actually takes work, not delegation skills. And what’s more damning to this approach, the Word is universal. It doesn’t need to be contextualized or comtemporized, because it already has been, it’s been made flesh in the person of Christ. That’s the good news for all people regardless of demographic!

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