The commitment of the sponsor is critical to the long-term success of the Anglican 4th Day as a servant community.
Sponsoring a pilgrim (Candidate/Pilgrim) is open to all persons who have attended a 3-day weekend and who are actively participating in the 4th Day movement.
Sponsors must sign an acknowledgment of their active participation in a small group and regular attendance at regional 4th Day meetings.
Encourage recruit individual Candidate/Pilgrim(s), as well as the spouse(s), to be potential leaders/ministers in the church. To recruit and encourage young adults to become part of the A4DTMservant community.
To open dialogue with the Candidate/Pilgrim(s) about the A4DTMmethod/movement by encouraging questions and providing answers to their questions.
Individual sponsorship activity should be limited to one Candidate/Pilgrim per weekend to ensure that the focus on the Candidate/Pilgrim is personal, reflecting the love of Jesus. Co-sponsorship is encouraged if the sponsor is serving on the weekend team.
To develop, affirm, nurture, and encourage leadership/ministry in the Church and to provide a vehicle (servant community environment) that is prepared to encourage and support them in their service/ministry.
To facilitate the transformation of Candidate/Pilgrim from being disciples to apostles engaged in intentional action such as serving the poor or reaching the lost. (Faith in action - James 1:22-23, 2:17)
To encourage pilgrims to live out the A4DTMlife in the environments they sojourn (home, church, neighborhood, workplace, school, and etc.) the rest of their earthly life.
Understand that sponsorship is a commitment not only to sponsor a person, but to encourage a pilgrim's service/ministry and witness as well.
Partner with a Candidate/Pilgrim(s) to help them with the application process ensuring an accurate and timely submission.
Assist with eliminating possible obstacles to a successful weekend (child care, pets, and/or family needs). Provide transportation to the weekend program and address any lingering concerns.
The weekend financial obligation should not be an impediment to attending a weekend. The A4DTM community should raise and have sponsorship funds available to help those with financial needs.
Send appropriate “levers” or palanca to the pilgrim(s).
Pray and fast during the Candidate/Pilgrim(s) weekend.
Attend the closing to encourage the Candidate/Pilgrim(s) with your excitement and presence. Take them home afterwards and listen to them. Stop for a snack or dinner on the way home by joining others who were present at the closing.