Sponsorship refers to the call and response to assure, support, and oversee the continued vitality of mission and viability of CSA's health care and higher education ministries. Sponsorship also refers to the collaborative relationship that exists between congregational leadership, CSA Sponsorship Ministry, and the boards of directors and chief executives of Agnesian HealthCare, Marian University, and Monroe Clinic.
Traditionally, the general council of CSA, like other religious congregations, had total oversight responsibility for the sponsored ministries. Recognizing the call to ministry through Baptism and Confirmation, CSA responded to a belief and vision to partner in sponsorship with persons committed to the mission of the Church and the ministry of CSA.
CSA's model of sponsorship, which has evolved since the mid-1990s, involves a corporate member structure and a collaborative relationship between congregational leadership and CSA Sponsorship Ministry (CSASM). While retaining some oversight, CSA leadership has delegated most sponsor responsibilities to CSASM, a group of lay and religious entrusted with the accountability to assure and advance the healing and teaching ministries of Christ in the sponsored ministries.