On behalf of the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, it is my privilege to share with you information regarding appointments and promotions, effective June 29, 2016: Northern Division Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Patty Richardson, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries Midland Division Major Dan Jennings, Divisional Commander, with promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel Major Dorene Jennings, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries, with promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Division Major Steven Merritt, Divisional Commander Major Christine Merritt, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries Retirement Effective September 1, 2016 (Furlough July & August 2016) Lt. Colonel Robert Thomson Lt. Colonel Nancy Thomson


The spiritual and social services programs conducted by The Salvation Army around the globe are referred to as World Services. Many of these programs are financially supported by designated voluntary contributions of individual Salvationists and friends.   The year-round World Services/Self-Denial effort includes education for public awareness, prayer and fundraising to support The Salvation Army’s worldwide ministry and further its work in other countries. As a part of Christian stewardship, officers (pastors) and soldiers (members) are encouraged to give sacrificially to World Services.   How do World Services/Self-Denial donations make a difference? World Services money is put to use overseas in a variety of ways, including the funding of specific projects, providing support services to allow for the day-to-day operational …

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To recognize Salvation Army units for excellence in providing services to families enrolled in Pathway of Hope, an initiative designed to break the cycle of poverty for families, the Central Territory has introduced financial awards. The monetary awards are tiered in two categories, Corps Achievement and Outstanding Corps, and are intended to further enhance corps Pathway of Hope (POH) operations. To be eligible for the achievement award, a unit must demonstrate evidence of team efforts, including pastoral care, to address identified needs of POH families; show success in enhancing community partnerships and/or establishing new collaborative relationships with other agencies; have at least 10 enrolled families who have completed one or more of their goals during the fiscal years; show congregational …

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by Stephen Keasling Springfield, Ill., Corps Ministry Intern   You will experience many of the facets of officership, which include, but are not limited to: preaching, teaching, leading character-building activities and corps cadets, coordinating volunteers, coordinating for red kettle season, working with statistics, public relations, networking, learning about social services and much more. There have been times when I’ve felt like the CEO of a company!   These experiences will expose your strengths, weaknesses and need for the Holy Spirit. It’s a good thing to understand what you have a knack for and what elements of Salvation Army ministry will pose challenges for you. It primes you to take the College for Officer Training seriously, but more importantly, God will …

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by Major Christie Van Zee   The Mission: Literacy resources provided by the American Bible Society and The Salvation Army are tremendous and available to all corps for free. Since the books and tools are underwritten and our tutors are volunteers, the only financial cost to us is the shipping. It’s a win/win situation and the results are amazing as the students gain confidence in reading and comprehension.   Here’s how I get organized for the program:   Organize the lesson plans.   The Mission: Literacy curriculum includes 30 books, each of which is typically comprised of three lessons. I’ve created a filing system to keep track of every lesson and to ensure our students are learning the materials in …

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