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dc.contributor.advisorLineham, Peteren_NZ
dc.contributor.authorChamberlain, Stephen Marken_NZ
dc.date.available2011-07-29T02:36:12Z
dc.date.copyright2008en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationChamberlain, S. M. (2008). Forming Faith: A comparative study of two methods of confirmation preparation and the ways they facilitate faith formation in candidates (Dissertation, Master of Ministry). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1791en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/1791
dc.description.abstractThis research project compares two different methods of confirmation preparation and the way they facilitated faith formation in candidates. The two methods investigated were the 'traditional' and the 'catechumenal like' approaches. Thirty eight young people were interviewed to identify the impact their confirmation experience had on them. The interviews followed a narrative enquiry methodology and their parents were also invited to complete a questionnaire. The two methods of confirmation preparation were then compared on the basis of the degree of faith formation achieved. The context of this study is the ongoing debate in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia about the place of confirmation in the contemporary Church given the theological confusion that surrounds it and the decline in numbers of young people presenting themselves for confirmation. Other factors include the recent interest in reviving the ancient Catechumenate for the purposes of spiritual formation. The overriding issue however is the clear need for the Church to offer better processes for forming young people in Christ, first for the children of Christian parents but also for those with little church background who present themselves for membership. It was found that the majority of candidates had a strongly positive experience of confirmation reporting life change and successful faith formation. A small number of candidates were also found to have experienced confirmation as a profound 'rite of passage' and reported that a deep personal change had taken place. In the light of these findings a new model for successful faith formation through confirmation is proposed. This model conforms substantially to a 'catechumenal like' process but incudes new features to enhance the possibility of deep faith formation in candidates.en_NZ
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dc.titleForming Faith: A comparative study of two methods of confirmation preparation and the ways they facilitate faith formation in candidatesen_NZ
dc.typeDissertationen_NZ
thesis.degree.disciplineDepartment of Theology and Religious Studiesen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Ministryen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelMasters Dissertationen_NZ
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