This article highlights the findings of The Confirmation Project research, a mixed methods project that studied confirmation and equivalent practices in five denominations in the United States. (The denominations were United Methodist, Presbyterian USA, African Methodist Episcopal, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Episcopal Church.) What that discovered was confirmation can provide an opportunity for young people to encounter the gospel anew. It is an important ministry when it strengthens young people’s understanding of faith, deepens their experience with Christian community, and equips them to discern their calling to join in God’s mission in the world. As congregations engage in confirmation ministry they bear witness to the reconciling and redemptive love of God and the covenant of grace into which all Christians are baptized.
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Douglass, Katherine M, Richard Robert Osmer, and Terri Martinson Elton. “Emerging Trends in Confirmation and Equivalent Practices.” Word & World 38, no. 1 (2018): 20–39.
Elton, Terri L.; Douglass, Katherine; and Osmer, Richard, "Emerging Trends in Confirmation and Equivalent Practices" (2018). Faculty Publications. 204.