Through baptism one becomes a full member of the church, as through birth one becomes a full member of a family. Through confirmation one enters into fuller participation in the responsibilities and privileges of church membership. This includes regular participation in worship, the giving of financial support according to ability, commitment to serve the church and the larger community, and bearing witness to the love of God for the world.
Upon completion of the confirmation program, the candidates publicly confess their faith. Palm Sunday and Pentecost Sunday are two common times for this service. However, some congregations confirm candidates whenever they are ready. Confirmation is a significant commitment for a young adolescent to make. It is an empowering for the journey, not the destination. Continued participation in youth programs, church school, worship, retreats, and service to the community is expected.