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2018-2019 8th Grade Confirmation Overview

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation offers students the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their decision to make faith in Jesus Christ 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 Christ more. 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. 

What is the 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, PowerLife 8th grade students transition into Catalyst (High School Ministry) from April-May to give students a preview of Catalyst and what living the faith looks like. 

Click here to view our Parent Confirmation Resource. 

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 (Refund & Registration Deadline is Friday, January 11)
  • Confirmation Parent Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 8:15-8:45 pm
  • 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 High School Ministry, Catalyst: Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 7:45-9:15 pm
  • Confirmation Services: Lakeville
    • Saturday, May 4
      • Service Times:
        • Small Groups ending in an ODD number | 10 am service
        • Small Groups ending in an EVEN number | 12:30 pm service
  • Confirmation Services: Shakopee
    • Sunday, May 5
      • Service Time | 10:15 – 10:45 am

Questions about Confirmation?

  • For questions regarding Lakeville Confirmation contact: Erik Poch, Middle School Coordinator at 952-898-9633 or erikp@hosannalc.org.
  • For questions regarding Shakopee Confirmation contact: Kelly Nelson, Student Ministries Coordinator at 952-898-9255 or kellyn@hosannalc.org.
  • Please note: As the programming year continues, Confirmation details will be emailed to parents and leaders.