The Foundation For Christian Formation in partnership with the Department of Religion at Pfeiffer University, leads a series of weekend events for young confirmands of the United Methodist Church. These events are also designed for the pastors, adult leaders and mentors that accompany the youth on their confirmation journey. Since 2006, the Foundation team has led more than 60 confirmation retreats attended by over 700 churches and 10,000 participants from the conferences of the SE Jurisdiction of the UM Church.

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                             Chris & Gloria Hughes, Ed & Kathleen Kilbourne
FCF Confirm weekends are led by these United Methodist resource persons: Gloria Hughes, UM Deacon, MCE, Christian Educator, musician, sacred artist and Executive Director of the Foundation For Christian Formation, Chris Hughes, UM Elder, pastor, author, speaker & musician, Kathleen Kilbourne, MA, UM Deacon, Director of the Masters of Arts in Practical Theology and the Center For Deacon Education at Pfeiffer University, and Ed Kilbourne, MDiv, nationally known recording artist, storyteller and folk theologian. These confirmation events have also been affirmed and endorsed by hundreds of pastors and leaders of the UMC, among them Bishop Larry Goodpastor (WNC Conference), Bishop Ken Carter (Florida Conference), Bishop Hope Ward (NC Conference), Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor (Holston Conference) and Bishop Jonathan Holston (SC Conference).
FCF Confirm events will help confirmands claim their identity as Christ-people in Christ-community, the Church, as they move toward owning for themselves the faith claimed on their behalf at their baptism. Program features include:
~ Interactive workshops focused on the vows of membership in the United Methodist Church, "Promises To Keep -- Our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service & Witness"
~ Exploring and understanding the sacraments of Baptism and Communion, preparing to answer the claim and call of God in our lives
~ Our signature "stole making" small group process through which we help confirmands record highlights of their faith journey and witness to their emerging faith in their own words and symbols
~ The culminating service of Receiving the Stoles - a sign of calling and commitment as part of the "ministry of all Christians"
~ Gospel storytelling and music by nationally known recording artist, humorist, storyteller, worship leader and folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne
~ Process teaching with career Christian Educators and UM Ministers, Rev. Kathleen Kilbourne, Rev. Gloria Hughes and Rev. Chris Hughes.

~ Links ~
Gloria Hughes -- UM Deacon, Educator, Sacred Artist, Faith Formation Consultant
Ed Kilbourne -- Singer, Storyteller, Humorist, Folk-Theologian
Kathleen Kilbourne -- UM Deacon, CE Consultant, Women's Retreat Leader, Directer of the Master Of Arts In Practical Theology at Pfeiffer University, Charlotte and Director of the Center For Deacon Education, Wesley Theological Seminary @ Pfeiffer University, Charlotte.
Pfeiffer University -- Misenheimer, Raleigh & Charlotte, North Carolina
Pfeiffer Department Of Religion -- Masters Of Arts In Practical Theology
Pfeiffer/Wesley Center For Deacon Education
For further information, please read our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.
Call / email Gloria Hughes at 704.438.2840 /