Inspiring, Resilient Faith
Students explore what it means to be Presbyterian and how to live out their confirmation promises.
See the sessions in Colaborate: Presbyterian Confirmation in the grid below,
or by downloading the full Scope and Sequence.
An opening infographic sets up the tension for the lesson, explicitly unpacking and engaging students’ assumptions and past knowledge. After students work through the first page, they'll watch a short animated video that heightens the tension through hyperbole, stereotypes, and misinformation. It is intentionally—
to build interest and get students thinking about the topic.
The center spread of the lesson equips students to work through the tension created on page one. It features an infographic that presents content in a memorable and visually powerful way, incorporating Bible passages and Presbyterian history to help give students a stronger sense of the theology and doctrine behind each lesson. Students are invited to interact with the content by drawing, asking and answering questions, and sharing their ideas with a partner or the group.
The final page of each lesson solidifies the concepts through two activities—an individual writing activity and a more active group project. No pipe cleaners? No problem. Every project in Colaborate can be done with materials you have on hand—paper, pencils, tape, scissors. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can create with just these simple supplies. These activities give students opportunities to articulate what they’ve discovered, share their thoughts with others, and engage with the broader church community.
Problem-based learning allows students to discover for themselves the ways the doctrines, traditions, and beliefs of their faith are relevant to their lives. This style of learning compels them to search out meaningful answers that will be integral in their faith formation.
Colaborate: Presbyterian Confirmation provides a depth and breadth of lessons central to your students’ journey through confirmation. In addition to fifteen Presbyterian–specific lessons that echo the confirmation liturgy, the curriculum also includes thirty lessons on the Bible so students can connect the rich history and organizational structure of the Presbyterian church with its biblical foundations.
The accompanying Leader Guide is clear and intuitive, making it easy for any leader to understand and facilitate a lesson. It includes Bible verses, an extensive theological and historical background, and practical support to guide each lesson, turning confirmation into a time of rich engagement with your students.
This team worked together to combine theological depth with thought–provoking questions, surprising insights, and punchy graphics that will spark conversation and capture the imagination of your students.
Whether your confirmation program runs for a full year, six months, or a weekend, Colaborate: Presbyterian Confirmation gives you countless options for customizing the length and focus of the lessons.
Students want their faith to matter, and they want it to last. By encouraging questions and taking an honest look at Christianity and what it means to be Presbyterian, Colaborate moves them onto a path of growth and discovery that will help them build a faith that stays with them long after they complete confirmation.
I have been a pastor for 14 years, using various curricula, and this was the first time that the room was just buzzing with questions and excitement. As my students said, "It was so much fun!"
Gail, pastor, WA
I like that this isn’t just a leader asking questions. It’s interesting and interactive and gets you thinking about what you believe.
Isaac, age 13, MN
I really like the engaging format of the curriculum and that it is student driven, instead of lecture-based.
Chad, youth pastor, OH
The format of questioning and problem solving issues helps students learn more about God and the church. I also like all of the support for the leader in guiding the class.
Beth, volunteer, WI