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Confirmation in the post-Christendom church

What if we shifted the focus of confirmation from institutional survival to inspiring teenagers to join the missional project initiated by Jesus and entrusted to the church?

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1-hour webinar with Q&A
April 27, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. EST
On-demand replay will be available.

Join Outlook Editor/Publisher Teri McDowell Ott in a conversation with Mark Hinds, retired editor and publisher for PC(USA) curriculum development, about confirmation in the post-Christendom church. 

Over 35 years ago, Mark led his first confirmation class of 25 eighth graders — over 88 percent of the youth stopped participating in church shortly after their confirmation. 

Since that experience, Mark has wondered, “What is wrong with confirmation and how do we fix it?” Conversations with colleagues confirmed that more church leaders are asking these same questions.

As editor and primary writer of the PC(USA)’s Big God Big Questions and, most recently, Changing the World: Confirmation for the Missional Church, Mark has a hunch that shifting the focus of confirmation from institutional membership to inspiring young people to take on their missional identities is a step in the right direction. 

Praise for Mark Hinds’ Changing the World: Confirmation for the Missional Church

“‘Confirmation’ is such a curious practice in the church. It is somewhere between a sacrament and a rite of passage. It catches teenagers at a moment of potential rebellion. It might be a bane to leaders and an inconvenience for parents. Mark Hinds knows all of this and offers us a wise, upbeat, updated guide to the close specificities of implementation of both serious instruction and liturgic consummation. He is at ease in Scripture and pop culture. Users of this remarkable guide may indeed find ‘confirmation’ rescued from its burdensomeness and reignited as a welcome urgent task of ministry. This guide is indeed ‘hands-on,’ just like the ‘laying on of hands.’” — Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

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Mark D. Hinds, Ed.D., is a retired writer, editor and publisher for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) curriculum development. He has degrees from Trinity University, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). His 1994 dissertation was titled The Book of Proverbs: Toward Alternative Pedagogical Principles for Confirmation in the PC(USA). He was the primary writer and project leader for the Big God Big Questions confirmation curriculum. In retirement, he enjoys writing for the church. Mark lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his partner and spouse, Rev. Dr. Peggy C. Hinds.