People, who have been baptized as babies, will hopefully at some point in their lives, stand up in front of a congregation and lay claim to the promises of their baptisms. They will confirm that the faith in which they were baptized is their faith. When Affirmation of Baptism is used this way, we call it “Confirmation.”

Affirmation of Baptism can also be used as a ceremony to receive new members who were baptized in another Christian denomination and are now joining a Lutheran congregation. A third use of Affirmation of Baptism is for members who have been inactive for a long time and now want to take an active part in the life of the congregation again.