Commissioning Litany for Leaders and Teachers
Jesus gave a variety of gifts to his followers to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Today we recognize and bless those who have been called to the ministry of leading, teaching, and guiding.
At the celebration of baptism we promise to provide children with Christian love and nurture through prayers and encouragement, teaching and affection.
God has called you to be leaders and teachers. We praise God for calling you to this service of Christian education and for the gifts and guidance God provides for ministry.
We need leaders and teachers who will welcome us and love us as Jesus loved the children. We need leaders and teachers who will walk with us and show us how to live in faith every day. Will you welcome us, love us, and show us how to live in faith every day?
LEADERS AND TEACHERS OF CHILDREN:
In response to God's love and call, we promise to welcome you, to love you, to walk with you, to wonder with you, and to model for you what it means to live in faith every day. We commit ourselves to lead you and to learn from you, our children.
We need leaders and teachers who love us and understand both the wonders and the worries of growing up. Will you help us wrestle with our questions and walk with us on our journey of faith?
LEADERS AND TEACHERS OF YOUTH:
As disciples who have answered God's call and are also growing in faith, we promise to study God's Word with you and to share our understanding of what it means to witness and to serve Christ. Your questions and growing faith will nurture and strengthen our faith.
We need leaders and teachers who love us and who help us respond faithfully to both the joys and the crises that come with living through the adult years. Will you help us continue to grow in faith and to use our gifts in ministry?
LEADERS AND TEACHERS OF ADULTS:
In response to God's love and call, we promise to seek to nurture all members in faith and to affirm and encourage each person to build up Christ's body in this place. Your commitment and support will help us in this ministry.
We have heard your promises and we commit ourselves to support you through our prayers, our participation in education, worship, and service, and our friendship and love.
Leaders and teachers, may your love, commitment, skills, and modeling nurture our faith, strengthen our friendships, increase our faithful witness and service, and help us to live and grow in faith every day.