Sponsorship is taken for granted in many communities. The assumption is that everyone knows the how and why of sponsorship. Sometimes sponsorship only sounds like a reference to the number of participants who are signed up for a Chrysalis weekend; and make no mistake:
Sponsorship is the most important service in the Chrysalis movement – but what's important – is we do it with excellence.
Every youth who attends Chrysalis has a "sponsor" who supports and encourages him or her before, during, and after their Chrysalis experience. Sponsorship is a job that is shared between all the youth who have been through Chrysalis and all the adults who have been through the Walk to Emmaus before you. It is more than just simply "signing up youth" to go on Chrysalis.
Sponsorship is the way in which the Chrysalis experience is passed on from person to person, reflecting the manner in which God purposefully reaches out to people through other people. After a Chrysalis weekend, you may also want to share the gift of these three days with others. Sponsorship provides you with a caring and disciplined way to do that. And by becoming a sponsor, you can participate in and demonstrate God's outreaching love for others - as He has called us to do.
The importance of our community to be educated about good sponsorship cannot be overemphasized. The quality of sponsorship will impact new participants, the health and effectiveness of the Chrysalis movement, and all of our sponsoring churches.
The aim of sponsorship is the same as the aim of Chrysalis which is: The spiritual growth of young Christians as disciples of Jesus Christ through churches and their youth groups. Every sponsor should reflect upon his or her motivation for your desire to sponsor a youth and make sure it is consistent with this aim.
Chrysalis is primarily designed for young Christian leaders who have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives, may have unanswered questions about their faith, understand that being a Christian involves responsibility and are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God.
A Chrysalis weekend is designed for those who are currently active in their local church and are already on their way to believing in Jesus Christ.
A sponsorship opportunity can and should be motivated by a number of hopes and prayers for youth which ARE consistent with the aims of Chrysalis – as listed above. These include giving youth the gift of three days apart in order to:
Now that we have an understanding what sponsorship is, what should motivate us and a little about who we should sponsor, the next step is to review what this commitment looks like when it comes to Sponsoring a Youth.