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APPLYING AND BEING SELECTED FOR A CHRYSALIS TEAM
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 12, 2019
The majority of us would like to serve on a team and it is a wonderful experience for most who serve. However, just as we say that CHRYSALIS is not for everyone in our churches, serving on a team is not for everyone who attends a CHRYSALIS or EMMAUS Weekend.
It is mathematically impossible for everyone who applies to be selected. Each weekend, there are about twice as many members of the CHRYSALIS community produced as would be required for a future team. The committee responsible for selecting the teams earnestly tries to see that everyone has a turn, but it must work within certain guidelines. One of the guidelines is that a team should have some built-in experience. About half of the members should have previously served on one or more teams; a few key leaders should have served on two or more teams. An effort is also made not to have too many members from the same church.
In addition to the guidelines that the committee follows, there are factors to be considered. Beyond the Spiritual Directors, Lay Directors, Music Directors and Logistics Coordinators, people are not selected for specific jobs. No one has the authority to promise you a particular responsibility. Everyone must be willing to serve in whatever capacity is needed. If you accept a team assignment, you are making a commitment to be available for that weekend AND for a team meeting once each week for the eight to ten weeks before that weekend. Availability and sacrifice of time are the critical requirements. If you are unable to attend all team meetings (except for 1 or 2 excused absents at the most) then you should reconsider teaming when you are called to serve on a team.
Each of us must take into account the physical and emotional strains that are sometimes encountered while serving on a team. Team members are routinely the first to arise in the morning and the last to bed at night. Working under pressure is also routine. Everyone on the team must carry his or her full load and be ready to pick up part of someone else’s work when the unexpected happens – and it always does. Every team member must also be ready, willing and able to share his or her faith and love with any and all others on the weekend—at any time during the weekend.
The joy and mountaintop experiences are there, but so is the “climbing” and the “giving.” If you decide that being a team member is not for you, there are many other areas to be of service to CHRYSALIS. You may want to put your efforts into creating Agape, serving on a committee, or filling other important jobs that are necessary for a successful CHRYSALIS weekend. There is so much to be done that there is no limit to the opportunities for service. Being on a team may or may not be the best way that you can serve—only you know this. If, after praying about it, your answer is YES, please complete the application by clicking “continue to application.” Serving on a team will be a blessing to you and you will be a blessing to others. You are needed!
If you are not called to team this time, remember that your time will come. After each weekend, youth teaming applications are discarded, so please remember to reapply for next time.