Jesus said, "Whoever drinks the water that I shall give will never thirst. The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water."
This page of supplemental resources offers churches and religious communities additional Companioned Prayer supplemental handouts, prayer forms, and material for teaching, ministries and outreach.
If you would like to submit material to share with others, please see the "Submitting Material" section near the bottom of this page.
Supplemental handouts are freely available to your church or religious community in response to an individual's need for guidance or understanding. These handouts are not recommended for wholesale inclusion within a basic learning program, but an individual handout can be provided to someone in response to their particular need. These supplemental handouts are also available to support self-instruction as needed. All of these handouts are from the book, Companioned Prayer, by Bill Stobbe, available below.
Additional Companioned Prayer Forms
The standard prayer forms are on the Resources page. Additional forms are offered below. Download this handout to learn how to use the abbreviated forms. See chapter 12 of the book, Companioned Prayer, for information about the two lectio prayer forms, and chapter 7 about praying without a partner.
Abbreviated Companioned Prayer forms:
Other Companioned Prayer forms:
Some instructional materials for sharing and ministries are offered below. This material is in addition to the necessary "Basic Learning Program Handouts" found on the general "Resources" page of this website for learning the prayer, and the information in chapter 9, "Mentoring Others in Companioned Prayer," and in chapter 13, "Sharing from the Heart," in the Companioned Prayer book below. Because these instructional materials are periodically updated, you may wish to download the current versions when you are preparing to offer Companioned Prayer to others.
If you have not yet learned and practiced Companioned Prayer and there is no learning program near you, rather than use these instructional materials to learn the prayer, simply get together with a few friends in your church or religious community, and with the support of your pastor, learn and practice the prayer using the Basic Learning Program Handouts on the Resources page.
Guidelines for Sharing Companioned Prayer - for those who are learning to teach or share the prayer.
Sample Mentor Training Outlines - Sample outlines for two training sessions, in MS Word.
An Overview of the Learning Program - provides an overview of the recommended program.
Guidelines for the First Two Learning Sessions - for the companions offering the basic Companioned Prayer program.
Guidelines for Reflecting the Prayer Experience - to be used only during the first two learning sessions.
Guidelines for the Third and Fourth Learning Sessions - applicable only to the third and fourth learning sessions.
Sample Outlines for the Four Learning Sessions - provided in MS Word.
- Guidelines for Retreats - some general guidelines to help with retreat planning.
- Some ideas for potential retreat topics and activities in MS Word that you may wish to incorporate into your retreats. Alternatively, you may wish to have a themed retreat focused on a scripture reading or topic.
Group exercises as discussed in "Supportive Interior Exercises" in chapter 9 of the book, Companioned Prayer, are offered below. These can all be used with a group of people.
Psalm 46:10 - suitable during an introductory outreach presentation or a learning session.
Reflective Prayer - suitable for an introductory outreach presentation or a learning session.
The Mystery of God #1 - suitable for an introductory outreach presentation or in a Companioned Prayer retreat.
The Mystery of God #2 - may be useful in a Companioned Prayer retreat.
Holding a Baby - may be useful in a Companioned Prayer retreat.
Recalling Someone Special - may be useful in a Companioned Prayer retreat.
Checking for effortlessness - may be useful in a Companioned Prayer retreat.
The Loving Heart of Jesus prayer form may be used in ministry as a temporary introduction to the loving heart of Jesus. This form is designed for use between a companion and one other person. It does not replace the full standard form of Companioned Prayer. Also see chapter 6, "Companioned Prayer in Service," in the book, Companioned Prayer, below.
While the CPCF offers these guidelines and resources to churches and religious communities, ultimately it is the responsibility of those sponsoring organizations to determine how to offer Companioned Prayer and how to use it in their ministries.
Safe and Accessible Environments
Everyone involved in any leadership in Companioned Prayer should be aware of and follow the requirements and guidelines of their sponsoring and hosting organizations for a safe and accessible environment, especially for young people and vulnerable adults. Additionally, the Safe and Accessible Environments guidelines, which are applicable to Companioned Prayer, should be followed.
Articles and Links
There are no articles or links posted at this time.
The primary source of information about Companioned Prayer is found in the book, Companioned Prayer; an Interactive Prayer for Companions, Families and Small Groups, by William Stobbe. Do not use this book to initially learn Companioned Prayer. Instead see the Learning the Prayer webpage. However, this book can be read before teaching Companioned Prayer or using the prayer in a ministry. It is full of detailed information - far more than on the pages of this website. You may freely download the most recent Adobe pdf version dated 1/16/2024 by clicking this link: download book (1.8 Mb). The book is also available to purchase from Amazon as a paperback or as a Kindle compatible e-book, also dated 1/16/2024. The link to Amazon is here.
Individuals and groups participating in Companioned Prayer ministry or outreach will from time to time develop material that may be useful to others who have similar goals. This material can be on any topic related to Companioned Prayer. For example, it could include articles, flyers, bulletins or announcements about your Companioned Prayer activities. It could be general brochures about Companioned Prayer, or special brochures, announcements or write-ups about a specific Companioned Prayer outreach ministry (using Companioned Prayer with the homeless, etc.) Material or articles might be developed incorporating Companioned Prayer into other traditional forms of Christian worship, prayer or spiritual exercises, (such as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.) Or material may be developed on how to incorporate Companioned Prayer into Christian youth groups or other specific communities of interest. These are just examples of possible subject materials. In addition, we hope that material will be developed (or translated) in languages other than English.
If you have developed material that you would like to share, send it in an email to info@CompanionedPrayer.org. Guidelines for submitting material for posting on the CPCF website include:
The material must be related to the Christian practice of Companioned Prayer. All material submitted must have a primary Christian focus. Material that is designed to promote or use Companioned Prayer as a non-Christian practice will not be posted, and should not be submitted.
Submitted material may be edited by the CPCF prior to posting.
All material submitted for posting is submitted for downloading and use by the public without cost to the user. Submitted material should not be copyrighted. All material submitted for posting, with the exception of the book Companioned Prayer by Bill Stobbe and its illustrations and posted excepts (including all prayer forms), will become public domain upon posting unless it is copyrighted per item 4 below.
Copyrighted material within other media can be submitted for posting as links to those media. When providing a link, please also provide a brief description of the material. Excerpts of copyrighted material which are considered beyond "fair use" can be submitted for posting if a permission is provided by the copyright holder.
If the material is not in English, please identify its language and provide an English translation so we can review the material.
Opinions and practices expressed in all submissions and postings are those of the contributor, and are not necessarily those of the CPCF even though selected and posted by the CPCF. The CPCF may add or remove individual postings at any time.
In the spirit of sharing the blessings given to us, the CPCF offers all of the material on this page for downloading.