Commissioning 2018 can be expressed in two simple but powerful words: Welcome Home!
As you walk through the front doors of the Milwaukee Theatre, your Salvation Army family will be waiting for you. Move to the music, hug friends you haven’t seen for a while and make new ones, and show us where you call home on a large map in the lobby.
“We want everyone to experience this exceptional weekend where you’ll experience how effective Salvation Army ministry is expressed in how we welcome, honor and respect people as we walk together in our spiritual journeys,” said Lt. Colonel Paul Smith, territorial program secretary. “We don’t want cost to keep anyone away,” he continued. “So to help everyone attend the 2018 commissioning weekend, the registration fee has been slashed to just $10 for the whole weekend, and childcare is just $20 per child!”
The theme “Welcome Home” will be explored through the image of the table, a place where families gather to share food, stories, laughter and tears, and just as importantly, a place where others are always welcome.
At the table will be our territorial leadership team, Commissioners Brad and Heidi Bailey and Colonels Steve and Janice Howard. This will be their first commissioning since assuming their roles in the Central Territory. After years of serving in different territories in our international Salvation Army, they are thrilled to be in the Central Territory.
“Central Territory soldiers, we are so excited to welcome you to the commissioning table in June,” shared Commissioner Brad Bailey, territorial commander. “You’ll find a large, inclusive table where we are all invited to share the unconditional love of Jesus and to celebrate as brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Commissioner Heidi added, “There is a chair waiting for you!”
Our guests will be Lt. Colonels Kelly and Donna Igleheart, Southern Africa chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries. Delegates will be inspired as these adventurous, faith-filled and relational officers from the USA Southern Territory testify to the wondrous grace and provision of Jesus, each and every day, as they serve others in His name.
The six main sessions, anchored by the world-renowned Chicago Staff Band, bring to the table exciting, relevant themes:
- Welcome to the Table (Friday night)
- Big God, Big Table (Saturday morning)
- How Big is Your Table (Saturday morning)
- A Long Way Off (Saturday night)
- Gathering at the Table (Sunday morning)
- The Table is Set (Sunday afternoon)
The meetings will feature the territory’s rich multiculturalism, testimonies and performances by individual Salvationists and groups from across the territory; a lively World Services/Self-Denial Ingathering and dedication of the summer mission teams, and conclude with the commissioning and ordination of the Messengers of the Gospel and their service of appointments.
Saturday evening will feature the world premier of the new Broadway-style musical A Long Way Off, a fresh retelling of the parable of the prodigal son.
All main meetings will take place at the elegant Milwaukee Theatre, a historic theater right in the heart of the city, renovated to be a modern and comfortable venue. Within blocks of the theater, there are five major hotels and dozens of restaurants, lots with local flair.
Among the many offerings during the weekend are an afterglow for delegates ages 12-29 on Friday night and a 5K Run for the World with the territorial commander on Saturday morning, where Salvationists can begin their day with fresh air and exercise while raising funds for World Services (pre-registration required).
On both Friday and Saturday delegates can walk just a half block from the theater to the Wisconsin Center to enjoy the exhibit hall featuring Trade Central, the Central Territory Historical Museum and a variety of vendors. During registration, Salvationists can explore the ample offerings from Trade, including a new line of women’s uniform blouses. The museum area will feature a fun, photo-booth style “selfie station” and a fascinating exhibit on The Salvation Army’s involvement in World War I.
Childcare for children up to age 11 will be available during the Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning sessions but requires pre-registration.
So register now, and we’ll see you in Milwaukee!