Invitation to the Flight, SPONSORSHIP

What is Sponsorship?
Each young person who attends Chrysalis has a "sponsor" who supports and encourages him/her before, during, and after the Chrysalis experience.

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, participants want to share the gift of those three days with others. Sponsorship provides them a caring and disciplined way for them to share. And in doing so, sponsors participate in and demonstrate God's outreaching love.

Sponsorship is the most important job in the Chrysalis Movement. It is a job shared by the adults who have been through Emmaus or Great Banquet and the young people who have been through Chrysalis. It is more than simply "signing youth up." The quality of sponsorship impacts the new participants, the health of the Chrysalis Movement in our area, and the churches being affected by Chrysalis.

Age of Candidates
Chrysalis is for high school (tenth through twelfth grades) age young people. Chrysalis is especially meaningful for young people who are ready to think and share about the realities and struggles of life on a more adult level: "What am I going to do with my life?" "Who do I want to become?" "What do I believe?" "What kind of relationships are lasting and most meaningful?" "What does it mean to live as a Christian and how can I do it?"

What is the role of a sponsor?
The main role of a sponsor is to support the candidate before, during, and after the Chrysalis weekend. Once you have been named on the candidates applications form, you will receive a letter outlining the specific responsibilites that you have a sponsor. Being a sponsor is both a joy and a responsiblity. It is important that you as a sponsor understand the significance of the quality of your sponsorship to the candidate.