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The goal of this study was to develop a Confirmation Program for First Presbyterian Church in San Mateo, California, that connects post-modern young people to God’s mission through the ages by teaching ancient Christian spiritual practices. This project attempted to seek a possible remedy for the mass numbers of youth who abandon faith after high school through deepening young people’s faith during Confirmation.

An examination of current research projects that help students develop deep and lasting faith was conducted. Confirmation curriculums and ancient Christian spiritual practices were studied. Confirmation class in the context of First Presbyterian Church, San Mateo, was examined, and changes took place in an attempt to make the connection between deeper faith and ancient spiritual practices. The curriculum was revised, resources were added, and the mentor component was changed. Following the completion of the test groups, each youth was surveyed to determine results.

The three main results of this project are deepened faith of Confirmation class students, renewed mindsets and intentionality on the part of youth leadership at FPCSM, and major improvements in the Confirmation program itself. Further research is needed, especially as Confirmation students begin college. This study is only one piece in shaping of a new era in youth ministry with the context of God’s mission throughout the ages.

Content Reader: Gary Sattler, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Sattler, Gary

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First Presbyterian Church (San Mateo, Calif.); Confirmation; Presbyterian Church; Spiritual formation


Missions and World Christianity


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