confirmation 4We are asking the confirmands to write a brief statement about how their faith speaks to an important area of their lives.  This statement will be finalized at a weekend retreat.  An alternative to the assignment such as the creation of a piece of art, a Power Point Presentation or even a performance can be discussed.

Begin with Scripture:  Pick a few verses of the Bible.  Perhaps, you found something meaningful in class, in your journal, or just in life.  Maybe, a passage challenged you.  Since you will need to engage the text, pick something you care about.

Tell a story:  Your faith should impact who you are and how you live.  Respond to the Scripture through your own experience, interests, or relationships.  Consider moments when your beliefs were formed or tested or changed.  Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching or profound, but it should be real.  How does the Scripture impact your understanding of yourself, God or the world?

Be brief:  Your statement should be between 350 and 500 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.

Be specific:  As you reflect, you might realize that the Scripture impacts several areas of your life.  Focus only on one point of contact.  If you can’t summarize the impact in a sentence or two, your statement might be too general.  Three minutes is a very short time.

Utilize resources:  You are not alone in this exploration.  Please utilize other resources. Consider the confessions and creeds, or even hymns as you think about the impact of your faith.  Talk to your parents, pastors, sponsors, or other church members.  Above all pray for God’s guidance.

Be positive: Please avoid sounding preachy. Tell us what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.”  Make your essay about you; speak in the first person.

Be personal: Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.