Confirm not Conform, a highly regarded confirmation program for youth and adults, will now be published by Forward Movement.
“I think people are going to find that the Confirm not Conform program will be greatly improved both in content and delivery,” said the Rev. Laura Toepfer, managing director at Confirm not Conform. “Forward Movement has lots of wonderful ideas about how to format and deliver this program in a way that is highly effective for churches.”
The program is known for encouraging youth and adults in the program to take seriously their own faith formation. It supports confirmation as a mature profession of faitha faith that is articulated through a process of discernment and discovery. Hundreds of congregations across The Episcopal Church have used the program to almost universal acclaim.
The Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement said, “Our mission is to reinvigorate the life of the church, and when we can engage youth in a journey of exploration and commitment, our mission achieved and the church is strengthened.”
The program is available for youth and adults for Episcopal congregations. An ecumenical version is in development. The entire program is delivered electronically, with downloadable instructional guides, course materials, and videos. Parishes can use the complete program or adapt it to their needs. Pricing for the updated program can be found here.
Parishes who licensed the program through Church Publishing may contact Forward Movement for assistance, as well as special pricing for the updated 2012 edition. New customers will also receive discounts during an introductory period. Contact Forward Movement by phone at 800-543-1813.
Confirm not Conform is both a program and a philosophy. CnC emphasizes finding one’s own voice rather than simply conforming to an external standard. Participants are encouraged to reflect rather than pressured to perform. Confirm not Conform respects the work youth and adults do as they explore their faith, trusting that when people put in the effort to discover and articulate what they believe and why, they will make faithful choices. For more information about Confirm not Conform, visit www.confirmnotconform.com. The first lesson can be viewed for free here!
Forward Movement has worked since 1935 to bring vitality and spiritual health to the church. Based in Cincinnati, OH,
Forward Movement is widely known for Forward Day by Day. Lent Madness is one of many ways that Forward Movement hopes to encourage Christians to live faithfully throughout their lives. Forward Movement is a ministry of The Episcopal Church.