A different approach to confirmation class

Confirmation is not a biblically-mandated practice, but an ecclesiastical rite that has developed over time. This explains the variety that exists in both the understanding and practice of confirmation. In the past, the pastor has been the primary instructor of confirmation students. Recently, a growing number of congregations are practicing a pastor/parent approach to catechism. The samples below highlight different levels of parent involvement in the catechism instruction of students.

Confirmation - Pastor-Family Partnership Model

In the pastor-family partnership model used in Modesto, California, the student and parent work together at home on a lesson using the material and video provided by the pastor. All meet with pastor after every four lessons for review.

Individual file downloads:

Growing in Christ - Catechism Course DescriptionDownload 
Growing in Christ - Lesson 10 - Series B (Eight Commandment)Download 
Growing in Christ - Lesson 11 - Series B (Ninth and Tenth Commandment)Download 
Growing in Christ - Session 2 Discussion GuideDownload 
Growing in Christ -Session 2 Quiz - Series BDownload 

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Confirmation - Family-Centered Model

The family-centered model from Pooler, Georgia uses the new Catechism and a Connections workbook (the church supplies the workbook, the family buys the Catechism).

Procedure overview:

  1. Orientation: A meeting at the beginning of the year walks through handbook highlights, explains procedures, and explains how Google classroom works.
  2. Monthly meetings: Parents and students take the review quiz together (giving assurance that parents are doing the lessons with the kids). Meetings also include round-table discussions and a walk through of the lesson and parent-help sheets with the families. The students have monthly project work to turn in (most of it is their memory work said to the pastor).
  3. Weekly lessons: Parents do weekly lessons at home (based on the schedule provided by the pastor). The students write their answers in the Connections workbook, later transferring their Connections answers to the Google classroom lesson and completing the homework included there.
  4. End of year: A review test is given on the entire year’s material. (Second year students have both years in their review test).

Sample lesson

Individual file downloads:

Faith Foundations - Catechism HandbookDownload 
Faith Foundations - Series B - ScheduleDownload 
Faith Foundations - Series B - Study GuideDownload 
Faith Foundations - Monthly Projects - MarchDownload 
Faith Foundations - Parent Helps - Lessons 21-24Download 
Faith Foundations - Round Table Discussion - AprilDownload 
Faith Foundations - RTF Review Quiz - AprilDownload 

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Confirmation - Parent-Taught Model

The parent-taught model from Middleton, Wisconsin uses parent-taught, individually-paced lessons. The goal is the parent interacting with their child over God's Word and prayers.

An introductory video made by St. Andrew parents explains the value of confirmation as a family ministry.

A sample video for Lesson 20

Individual file downloads:

Parents Equipped to Teach - Confirmation HandbookDownload 
Parents Equipped to Teach - Parent Guide - Lesson 16: The Apostle's CreedDownload 
Parents Equipped to Teach - Parent Guide - Lesson 20: The Second Article - Christ's PersonDownload 

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Confirmation - Flipped-Classroom Model

The flipped-classroom model used in Hartford, Wisconsin, flips—or reverses—the traditional roles of in-class work and homework. The student studies the basic concepts of the lesson at home, then comes to class to participate in class activities which expand on and apply the concepts.

Individual file downloads:

Flipped-Classroom Catechism Model ExplanationDownload 
Flipped-Classroom - Design Rubric for Lesson 2.4Download 
Flipped-Classroom - Lesson 2.4 - Fourth Commandment Study GuideDownload 

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