In case you missed it on our social media sites, over the next couple of weeks, we are going to turn our attention to the topics covered in confirmation and related practices. In our research, we asked students, parents and leaders about how important they considered 25 different topics. Our findings show that there was both consistency and inconsistency in the topics considered “most important” among the different groups. We also delved into the all-important question of how much students learned about the topics in our follow-up survey.
Three topics were consistently rated highly in all surveys. These included death and resurrection, the Bible, and God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Parents, leaders, and students alike considered them among the most important to learn, and students included them among the topics they learned most about.
There were also four topics considered least important among all groups: abortion, gay marriage, church governance, and drug abuse. Students placed more importance than either parents or leaders on these topics, but they still considered them much less important than other topics.
Interesting find in the top topics. Do I see a trend in the lists? It seems all three groups are seeking more Faith centered learning.