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The Importance of Sponsorship eventually will produce a balanced theologically centered movement of the Holy Spirit, which is integrated into the life of the church in the community. This is honored by a variety of churches as an effective instrument for conveying God's grace, the call to committed discipleship, and our unity in Christ. It is done with purpose, prayer and compassionate agape love. 3) Sponsorship is the lifeblood of each community. We all want a positive weekend to take place and the Pilgrim to start off correctly. Thus, it is crucial to consider how to and whom to sponsor. 4) The first consideration in sponsoring is prayer; you should be in prayer for the individual that God is leading you to approach about the Walk. Ask God to make it obvious to you whom you should be approaching and then pray for the person's openness to God's call to discipleship, not for how to get him or her to go on a Walk. 5) Be open and straightforward with what you share about the Walk and Emmaus. As you extend an invitation, be clear about the purpose of Emmaus— that is, invite the prospective pilgrim to attend for the sake of a more vital relationship with Jesus Christ, not just an event to go to. Share your faith; explain the basic elements of the Walk, the purpose, and followup dimensions that help us live in grace for the rest of our lives. Take the attitude that you are giving the person a wonderful gift rather than that he or she needs to go. 6) Don’t be secretive. Answer any questions in as open as possible manner. Recognize that prospective pilgrims will not have any context for many aspects. Reassure them and let them know you are available to talk as they think and pray about attending. 7) Encourage the prospective pilgrim to pray about going. Give the person time to consider going and let them know you too are praying for God’s timing in when they attend. If the person is married, speak with both partners and encourage equal commitment by both.

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(continued from page 1) 8) Continue to pray for your prospective pilgrim, prepare agape letters, and enlist the support of their pastor. Collect 8-12 personal agape letters. 9) Support the Walk through your prayers during the 72-Hour Prayer Vigil and your presence at Send Off, Sponsors' Hour, Candlelight, and Closing. Support the pilgrim's family by house sitting, baby sitting, watering plants, picking up mail, feeding pets, or just checking in with the pilgrim’s spouse and family to see if any help is needed. 10) Realize that your role as a sponsor is not over after the Walk; in fact, in many ways, your support post-Walk is even more important. Want to provide Encourage the pilgrim in his or her Fourth agape for the walks? Day involvement. Give your friend an opportunity to talk through and appropriate Plan on 75 pieces the experience. Help the pilgrim find a for both pilgrims and team for a walk; 32 reunion group, or be prepared to start a pieces for just group with him or her for a period of time pilgrims until others join the group. Take the pilgrim to Gatherings as your guest for a couple of months. Help the pilgrim reenter his or her church and consider ways to apply his or her new commitment and enthusiasm. Help the pilgrim learn how to be a good sponsorship. If you have questions about sponsoring, please contact any member of our Board of Directors (see contact info on back).

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August 2020 newsletter  

August 2020 newsletter  

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