Reimagining Confirmation Ministry as a Lifelong Process

Erin Swenson Hatzung

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/2018

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

In the last sixty years, our society has become more individualized and segregated into age-related silos. The church, a place that traditionally has maintained intergenerational relationships, has conformed to the culture of age segregation. As a result, there are few experiences for people within faith communities, young and old, to learn and grow with each other. Inviting congregations to embark on a significant transformation, this article explores the idea of confirmation moving from a two- to three-year learning experience for adolescents to a lifelong, intergenerational journey of learning, marking significant life events.

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