St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

confirmation at st. johns

Confirmation at St. Johns is a 5 part program that is usually completed in just over 3 years.

The five parts of confirmation include:


During the summer before 7th grade students are invited to spend a week at Lutheran Lakeside Camp! We traditionally attend camp the first full week of June. Although participation is not required, we strongly encourage it. The week provides a great opportunity for the kids to build lasting friendships with one another, meet confirmation groups from other Lutheran churches, and also get to know their pastors and youth directors. All costs are subsidized by the church and scholarships are also available upon request.



Confirmation 1 focuses on Bible literacy and study. We have our work cut out for us—first passed down orally and then compiled over hundreds of years by many different authors in a variety of languages using a diversity of writing styles and eventually sorted into the canon we read today by a group of ancient church leaders—the Bible is no easy book to read. As a class we will journey from Genesis through Revelation and along the way we will learn tools and techniques for reading scripture in a life-giving way.


Confirmation 1 meets on most Wednesday nights during the school year from 6:30 to 8:00.




Confirmation 2 focuses on Luther’s Small Catechism. Luther wrote the Small Catechism as a resource for parents to teach their children about the faith. We now use it primarily in a church setting, and it is what Lutheran churches throughout the world use as the basis for their confirmation programs. Think of that! Lutherans around the world in South Korea and Tanzania and Slovakia and elsewhere all study the Small Catechism and that means you share yet another common language of faith with your brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Confirmation 2 meets on most Wednesday nights during the school year from 6:30 to 8:00.

CONFIRMATION 3: Experiential Learning Year

We say that our young people are the church here and now, and that they have an important part to play in shaping this place. In that spirit, our experiential learning year is designed to connect our confirmation students with different aspects of church life and give them hands on experience contributing to and leading ministries.

During this year, students are expected to join one ministry area in the church and participate in that ministry at least twice monthly. This ministry could be Cathedral Choir, Sunday School, Beloved Community, Handbells, Altar Guild, etc.  At the start of the program year, pastors and the youth director will help to connect each person to a particular ministry. These students will also meet once a month, usually on the first Wednesday of each month, to enjoy time together as a class and reflect on their experiences getting to know the larger church. 

These students are also invited to participate in all high school ministry opportunities.  Click here to see what the high school program has planned this year.  


Confirmation culminates with a final project designed by each student. Some students may choose to organize a volunteer project, others may want to preach or compose a song, and yet others may decide to organize a community art exhibit. With guidance and supervision, students are encouraged to put together a project that is uniquely them. During the Sunday morning educational forums in October, students will be invited to talk about their projects with the wider community.

In the spring of Confirmation 3 and fall of Confirmation 4, students will work with the pastors and director of youth ministry to identify a suitable capstone project and develop a plan of action to successfully complete that project.

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America