In case you missed it on our social media channels, we’re beginning to delve into the data relating to the purpose of confirmation and equivalent practices. Here’s part 1, relating to youth’s perception of confirmation.
Youth emphasize RELEVANCE: Youth showed much less overall agreement than parents and leaders on the importance of specific topics. They shared with leaders and parents the understanding that confirmation and equivalent practices was a place to address questions about faith, grow in faith, and learn about God. Youth were similar to parents in having a certain amount of concern for completion of the program (80% somewhat or strongly agreed that a motivation for participating was “I want to be confirmed”). Youth were notably different from both parents and leaders in their apparent concern with finding relevance and meaning.