Accompanying the Journey: A Handbook for Sponsors

Overview

Accompanying the Journey is a practical handbook designed to help sponsors in United Methodist congregations (and congregations in other denominations) develop a "hands on" approach to guiding individuals who seek initiation into the Christian faith through baptism. Using the metaphor of "presentation," the book outlines crucial ways in which sponsors embody the congregations welcome-both in and outside worship ices-as they accompany adult initiates to the waters of baptism. The book also provides extensive ...

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Overview

Accompanying the Journey is a practical handbook designed to help sponsors in United Methodist congregations (and congregations in other denominations) develop a "hands on" approach to guiding individuals who seek initiation into the Christian faith through baptism. Using the metaphor of "presentation," the book outlines crucial ways in which sponsors embody the congregations welcome-both in and outside worship ices-as they accompany adult initiates to the waters of baptism. The book also provides extensive guidance for sponsoring children for baptism and for sponsoring adults returning to the baptismal covenant.

provides a helpful overview of the process of Christian initiation

helps sponsors understand their relationships with the congregation and with others who lead the work of making disciples

provides church leaders with guidelines for selecting, forming, and nurturing sponsors, including a discussion of the place of discernment in the process

outlines in detail the responsibilities of sponsors in the worship services connected with the initiation process

presents a brief overview of the role and historical context of sponsors in the Christian tradition and in Methodism

includes an appendix containing "An Order for Commissioning Sponsors"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620322307
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 4

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Understanding the Task of a Sponsor 7

Chapter 2 Worship Responsibilities of a Sponsor 19

Chapter 3 The Sponsor's Role of Presenting the Church as Graced Community 31

Chapter 4 The Sponsor's Role of Presenting the Candidate as Graced Individual 43

Chapter 5 Practical Considerations 53

Chapter 6 A Brief History of the Role of a Sponsor 67

Appendix: An Order for Commissioning Sponsors 75

Endnotes 77

Suggested Resources 79

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