Encountering the Gospel Anew: Confirmation as Ecclesial, Personal, and Missional Practices

Terri Martinson Elton

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/2018

Issue: Confirmation (Vol. 38, No 1, Winter, 2018)

Given the challenges facing congregations and young people today, some church leaders are wondering if confirmation continues to have a role in disciplining young people. Based on the findings from The Confirmation Project, this article asserts that confirmation is, in fact, uniquely positioned to be a vibrant ministry for young people to encounter the gospel anew when congregations integrate ecclesial, personal, and missional practices. Such an approach strengthens confirmands’ understanding of faith, deepens their experience with Christian community, and equips them to discern their call to join in God’s mission in the world.

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