Accompanying the Journey

A Handbook for Sponsors

By Lester Ruth

Accompanying the Journey

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  • ISBN: 9781620322307
  • Pages: 80
  • Publication Date: 5/11/2012
  • Retail Price: $13.00
Web Price: $10.40
Web Price: $10.40

Accompanying the Journey

A Handbook for Sponsors

By Lester Ruth

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620322307
  • Pages: 80
  • Publication Date: 5/11/2012
  • Retail Price: $13.00
Web Price: $10.40

About-

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 congregation's welcome--both in and outside worship services--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.

This book
- provides a helpful overview of the process of Christian initiation
- outlines in detail the responsibilities of sponsors in the worship services connected with the initiation process
- 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
- 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"

Contributors-

Lester Ruth

Bio(s)-

Lester Ruth is Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. He is currently working on research to write a history of contemporary worship.

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