by Phil Barrett Corps Administrator The Salvation Army Brown County, Ind., Corps (Church) Over the years much has been written concerning church growth. Seminars, conferences, printed articles and individual discussions have been held, and thoughts on the subject have ranged from lofty ideals to practical ideas. Despite having success in church growth over the years as a minister, no one person can be the definitive voice concerning this endeavor. Most people working in church ministry have their own style, method or opinion on how church growth works. Everyone should have a desire to see their corps grow, not only in the spiritual growth of members but seeing a definite growth in numbers. I’ve said many times that every chair that’s …

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by Lt. Jason Bigelow 1. Know Your Neighborhood We all know it’s important to get to know your community and its needs, but it’s also vital to simply know the people in the neighborhood your corps belongs to.  Who lives in the blocks around you? What are the needs for their children?  Why should they come to The Salvation Army other than for financial assistance?  When we (my wife Lt. Dana and I) asked those questions, we found there were a lot of children hanging around the neighborhood with little to do, no transportation to other kids’ programs and not much positive leadership in their lives. They have found a place at The Salvation Army where they can learn and …

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The Festival of Worship Arts and Commissioning weekend, June 6-8, will prove to be one of those not-to-be missed experiences. With the theme of All God’s Children, the event will challenge Salvationists in their walk, worship and service. “Although past gospel arts weekends have achieved the desired goals of inspiration, participation and affirmation of our music and gospel arts forces, this June we will especially focus on our young musicians, our future,” commented Bandmaster William Himes. “We want our youth to experience the fulfillment that comes from using their talents for the Lord. We are counting on this generation to rise up and answer the goal for ‘Live music in worship in every corps by 2020.’” A tangible step toward …

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