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8th Grade Confirmation Information
May 5, 2019

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8th Grade Confirmation Information

Confirmation offers students the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their decision to make faith in Jesus their own. Confirmation is not the “end” of one’s faith journey, nor is it equivalent to salvation. Confirmation students affirm they are on a personal journey to know Jesus more fully. Participation in Confirmation is an optional part of PowerLife, though all 8th grade students will transition to Catalyst as a small group in the spring whether they choose to confirm or not. 

Confirmation Process

The Confirmation process ideally begins as a student enters 6th grade PowerLife, though students may join as late as 8th grade. Throughout a student’s time in PowerLife, they will have opportunities to embrace core elements of their faith during weekly worship, messages, and small group discussions. Weekly programming and the annual retreats serve as building blocks for students in preparation for Confirmation. Once a student reaches 8th grade and is completing their Confirmation requirements, they will have several opportunities to discuss their choice with the Middle School Coordinator, their small groups, and their small group leader(s). Whether a student chooses to confirm their faith or not, all PowerLife 8th grade students transition into Catalyst (9-12th grade) from April-May to give students a preview of Catalyst and what living the faith looks like.

Confirmation Requirements:

  • Consistent and active participation in PowerLife or Catalyst
  • Participation in at least one PowerLife or Catalyst Retreat
  • Completion of a written Faith Statement
  • Faith Statement Meeting with Small Group Leader(s)

Important 2019 Confirmation Dates:

  • 7/8th Grade Girls Retreat: January 25-27 
  • Confirmation Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 8:15-8:45 pm at all campuses 
  • 7/8th Grade Boys Retreat: February 15-17 (Refund & Registration Deadline is Friday, February 1)
  • Student Faith Statements: Due Wednesday, March 20
  • 8th Grade students transition to Catalyst (9-12th grade): Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 7:45-9:15 pm
  • Confirmation Services: Lakeville
    • Saturday, May 4:
      • Small Groups ending in an ODD number: 10 am 
      • Small Groups ending in an EVEN number: 12:30 pm 
  • Confirmation Services: Shakopee
    • Sunday, May 5, 12 pm (Immediately following 10:45 am service) 

For questions regarding Lakeville Confirmation: Contact Erik Poch, Middle School Coordinator at  .

For questions regarding Shakopee Confirmation: Contact Kelly Nelson, Student Ministries Pastor, at 

For questions regarding Northfield Confirmation: Contact Jeff Wright, Student Ministries Coordinator, at .