What is Confirmation?
Confirmation appears in the Catholic church and in many Mainline churches. The focus here will be about Confirmation in Mainline churches.
Confirmation is often associated with infant baptism or infant dedications. When an infant is baptized/dedicated, there is usually a covenant that is made between the congregation and the parents about raising the child in the faith. Confirmation is the conclusion of this covenant.
Confirmation usually consists of two parts: The Confirmation Class and The Act of
Confirmation (or Confirmation of Faith). The purpose of the Confirmation Class is
to support and equip the students for, and beyond, the Act of Confirmation. Confirmation
students are usually of the 8th or 9th grade age-
The Act of Confirmation happens in worship, after the Confirmation Class has concluded.
It consists of two possible components: 1. Confirming one's faith and 2. Becoming
a member of the church. (Note: Becoming a member of the church can be seen as replacing
the completed baptism covenant with a new covenant, a covenant of membership). Some
faith traditions also tie-
R4 Approach to Confirmation
The biggest misconception and following mistake that happens with Confirmation is
about the students' starting point. The Confirmation class and Act of Confirmation
so often crowns our youth with a sense of graduation from Sunday school because we
associate conclusion of Sunday school with the choice to be a disciple. But this
couldn't be farther from the truth. As teachers, we must assume that the students
are members of the crowd and not disciples. And, therefore, it is our responsibility
as teachers to inform our confirmation students about the choice that is before them.
In order to do this, we must define the choice. Here are some core questions that
arise about choosing to be a disciple of Jesus: Why should I follow Jesus? How do
I follow Jesus? What would I do as a disciple? What's the role of the church in this
whole discipleship thing? Is there anything beyond being a disciple? Because the
best examples of how to follow Jesus are demonstrated in the stories of Jesus and
his disciples, the R4 Confirmation Class curriculum is Jesus-
Lesson Plan Details: The lessons start at the beginning of Jesus' ministry and somewhat chronologically arrive to Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. In every lesson, you'll find a number of recurring components. Click here to read for more about the components of the lesson. Click here to browse and download the R4 Confirmation Lesson Plans.