Need some different veiw points on how you work the 7th step with your sponsee ?
I know what it says; " Humbly asks Him to remove our short-coming."
What kind of assignment can I give my sponsee? Other than prayers which is first for him to say in accordance with this step.
Thank You ALl
One of the ways I have a sponcee work the 7th step is that we go back for a moment to the 4th step and look at our part in the inventory and take a look at what caused it. Ego, pride, jealousy, etc... and we see our character defects. We see how sometimes they are repeated over and over in our 4th step...causing reoccuring problems there. (Sometimes we have taken these character defects and written them down on strips of paper and burned them after the 7th step as an offering of them and true turning them over to our HP.)
Next I ask them to memorize the original 7th Step Prayer, and I explain that I had began praying that prayer daily in my recovery. Once they memorize it, I ask them to create a prayer in thier own words then, in todays language to express how they want to say that prayer or one along those lines. I have them pick out somewhere spiritual, (same as I had them do in the 3rd step) and I tell them to let me know when they have done these three things. When they tell me they are done, we have a look at the prayer they created and I try to encourage them in that they created that prayer to thier HP. I have them recite the original 7th Step Prayer to me to be sure they have memorized it. (Same as I did with the 3rd step prayer.) If they don't like to write or have problems memorizing it, I have them get a little pocket recorder and they record it and listen to it over and over until they have memorized it.
After they have memorized the original prayer and written one of their own, I ask them to think of who they want present for the first time they say that prayer in the spiritual place they have chosen and which prayer they would like to say. Some people pick a park, some a chapel, some want to say it in the AA room after or before a meeting, some just want to say it somewhere outside... it's all good. I tell them that other people will need a copy of their own prayer if that's the one they are going to say and they want the other people/person to say it with them. If they ask me to say it with them, I go with them or if they want to say it with family or a friend, I just ask them to relay to me when they have completed this. Once I had someone who wanted a big group of people to say it with them, (the original 7th Step Prayer), so we all went out side the AA meeting to the porch and we all got down on our knees and prayed with them. It was great.
Anyway, that's the usual way I have done the 7th step with sponcees.