What Are We Confirming?

by Allison Kunz

Categories: Youth Ministry

Confirmation is an opportunity for students between 8th and 12th grade to explore their faith and questions in a safe space. LOPC staff members lead a series of discussions, after which youth who feel ready create a personal written statement of faith. They share these statements and verbally profess their faith during a worship service.

But Confirmation isn’t really about the program. Rather, it is about marking a significant moment in a student’s spiritual formation.

Confirmation is about the journey

It is not the end of the road. It is not a sign that you’ve reached your destination and, with no further progress on the horizon, it’s time to sit down and take a rest. Faith is a lifelong journey. Your faith is something that can be never fully understood, but endlessly explored. That aspect of faith is one of the most beautiful things about the journey: there is always something new to learn. Think of confirmation as one mile marker along that road.

Confirmation is about a community

Just as there is always something new to learn, there is always someone new to learn from. It’s no coincidence that confirmation takes place beside a community of faith. Just as each person is created to be unique, so does each person have unique knowledge, experiences, and perspectives on God worth sharing. Youth are encouraged to seek out others who can share wisdom and to to find a place to share their own wisdom with others.

Confirmation is about action

It’s true that actions speak louder than words. Taking action based on your beliefs doesn’t just benefit others, but helps solidify your own values. As part of confirmation, we look to the future, asking students to identify some of the ways they enjoy sharing their God-given gifts with others. Do you like to get out in nature and pray? Do you enjoy helping children learn Bible stories? Are you good at planning and organizing service opportunities? At LOPC we believe that students are just as capable at contributing to their community as adults and we work to create opportunities for youth to live out their faith.

Confirmation continues on

After confirmation, we continue to live, grow and change. Then, we can look back on those previous milestones of faith like confirmation to see how we have grown and to recognize our continued place in the story of God’s love and redemption.

This is what confirmation is all about.