Sponsoring CPT: an Invitation
created humankind and blessed them [Genesis 5:2]. God promised blessing
when Israel would observe the Jubilee prescriptions, eliminating the classes
of those who would be permanently poor. [Deuteronomy 15:4]. Jesus said,
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.." [Matthew
5:9] Jesus' blessing of peacemakers confirms the renewal of God's good creation
and the intention that God's creatures would live in just and right relationships
with each other and with their Creator. For Jesus to call peacemakers
children of God confirms their deepest identity, their original identity.
Jesus' blessing of peacemakers assures confidence and security in the hard work
of making peace and renewing creation. Christian Peacemaker Teams are nurtured
out of the prophetic tradition that culminated in the public ministry of Jesus
and his followers.
II. Invitation to participate in CPT
A. Who may wish to participate as church and groups?
Sponsorship of CPT is open to denominations, Christian communities, religious
orders, and Christian organizations who wish to engage in all levels of a spiritually-based
work of peacemaking based in Jesus' way of active nonviolence. Term lengths
are determined by sponsoring denominations/groups. Invited to consider sponsorship
of CPT are:
groups who seek to act out the work of Christian peacemaking in the Spirit
of Christians who have a special call to peacemaking.
of Christians who are already working to build peace and can gain strength
from affiliating with CPT.
Groups of Christians who lack monetary resources but are blessed with wide
margins of talent for creative engagement and are prepared to join in the
disciplines of peacemaking.
of Christians with significant monetary resources whose call is to support
those who lack funds but have great talent.
B. What can participating groups do to support CPT?
Promote CPT among constituent parishes and churches, in publications and meetings.
participants on CPT delegations, the CPT Reserve Corps, the CPT Peacemaker
Corps, and the CPT staff.
- Use CPT web resources and e-mail alerts, and respond to prayer requests and
advice and encouragement during times of emergency when CPT teams are facing
toward the CPT budget and encourage financial support for CPT from individuals,
congregations, and organizational units.
the ministry of public witness, nonviolent direct action, and, when necessary,
Participation in CPT
is an ecumenical program, founded by representatives of Mennonite, Brethren,
and Quaker faith traditions. CPT is guided by a steering committee comprised
of members appointed by these churches/meetings and additional members from
other sponsoring churches or groups. Churches and church peace fellowship
groups formally committed to Jesus' nonviolent way of the Cross are invited
to be recognized as "CPT Sponsors" and to nominate persons for appointment to
open positions on the steering committee.
Opportunities and responsibilities of CPT Sponsors:
seeking recognition as CPT Sponsors, interested groups will sponsor one or
more Corps members or Reservists from their group and participate in CPT programs,
including special training programs, for at least two years.
Sponsors are encouraged to reflect on ways peacemaking can be deepened within
their groups in such a way as to elicit the personal gifts and financial support
of their members at large.
a church or group expresses interest in participation as a CPT Sponsor, its
financial participation will be discussed and agreed upon as a part of the
discernment in its relationship with CPT.
the period of discernment concerning the participation of a church or group
as a CPT Sponsor, the group may be invited to send a representative to attend
a meeting or meetings of the CPT steering committee as a non-voting participant
to enhance the church or group's understanding of the work of CPT.
status of CPT sponsors will be reviewed every three years.
IV. Extending the Invitation
a church or group has been involved in discerning sponsorship of CPT, the
CPT Steering Committee will review the church or group's participation, and,
subject to the concurrence of all parties, recommend an invitation to join
the CPT movement.
Interested in exploring this possibility? Contact Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of
CPT at firstname.lastname@example.org