The vitality of the community is a reflection of the community's sponsoring practices. Sponsorship is a partnership between you and the Holy Spirit. God knows who should go on a walk, when they should go and who should sponsor them. We are merely the human instruments He uses int he process.
It is critical that you take an active role in the weekend with your Pilgrim/Butterfly.
Below you will find a list of sponsor duties, a list of sponsor tips and a few things NOT TO DO! Hopefully, you will find them helpful to make the experience the best for you and the pilgrim God puts on your heart to sponsor.
* Pray, pray, pray - before you sponsor anyone. Let God be your ultimate guide
whether you sponsor someone and then, if He says, yes, ask Him to show you
* Pray, pray, pray - during the weekend for your pilgrim/caterpillar, the team and other
* Pray, pray, pray - after the weekend for your pilgrim/caterpillar!
* Try to make sure your applicant has no distractions for the weekend.
* Send in the application and $25 deposit at least two weeks prior to the walk. The
application will not be processed without the fee!
* Make sure the pilgrim/caterpillar has listed any special needs on the application:
dietary, sleeping arrangements, medical conditions, etc.
* Stay in contact with your pilgrim's/caterpillar's family during the weekend
to allay any nervousness or worry
* Give your applicant the "What to Bring" list
* Personally bring them to Send-Off at 6:00 pm on Thursday night of the Emmaus Walk or 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the Chrysalis Flight.
* Get their bags into their room and the bed made.
* Introduce them to people you know. Don't leave them unattended!
* Attend Sponsor Hour
* Be diligent to gather encouraging letters form family, friends and other important
people in the pilgrim's/caterpillar's life. (Have the letters ready by Candlelight)
* Attend the Community Gathering and Candlelight Service
* Attend Closing and provide your pilgrim/butterfly a ride home
* Take pilgrim to Gathering following his/her walk.
* Take butterfly to RUSH following his/her flight. They are also welcome to attend
* Encourage them to stay connected -- gatherings, RUSH, reunion group,
volunteering, serving on a team, becoming a sponsor
* Don't bring special gifts for your pilgrim/caterpillar during the walk/flight.
* Share with the pilgrim/caterpillar how the Walk impacted your relationship with
Christ, your family, and your church. But remember, we all react differently to
God's grace. Don't expect them to have YOUR experience or set them up for
failure if they don't.
* If a pilgrim is married, make every effort to offer the Emmaus experience to them
as a couple.
* Talk to the pilgrim/caterpillar about the walk/flight in broad terms. It's OK to tell
them they will be sitting in table groups for the weekend and listening to and
discussing 15 talks by lay people and clergy. Tell them about the facilities where
they'll be staying. Remember, the fear of the unknown is powerful. So be
prepared to answer their questions.
What NOT TO DO:
* Drop off your pilgrim/caterpillar at send-off and leave!!
* Fail to get letters for your pilgrim/caterpillar!!
* Mislead or lie to your pilgrim/caterpillar!!
* Refuse to answer their questions. Nothing about the weekend is a secret. They
may need a few answers in order to feel more comfortable.
What the pilgrim/caterpillar should bring:
Comfortable clothing for three days, towels and washcloths, toiletries, light jacket/sweater, prescriptions, flashlight, hair-dryer, bed linens for twin bed, pillow, Ear plugs, Cash, check or credit card (if you want to purchase books, t-shirts).
FOR A CHRYSALIS FLIGHT: The caterpillar will need a blow-up mattress and bedding. There are no products available for purchase on a flight so no cash is needed. For Sunday night's meal, please bring clothes you would wear to church.