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Book Review: 8 Hours or Less

What if I were to tell you that a short, 160-page book could completely overhaul your pastoral ministry?  You would probably think I’m crazy.  Maybe I am, but I read a book last week that is beginning to completely change my approach to sermon preparation.  8 Hours or Less: Writing faithful sermons faster is written by Ryan Huguley, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC.  In this book, Huguley shares his method of sermon[…]

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Reflections on the First Year

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since I became an officer and arrived in Marion, Indiana.  This last year has been a rollercoaster and a year of learning the ins and outs of being a corps officer.  After this first year, I’d like to offer a few reflections about what I’ve learned. 1. Expect the Unexpected I think most officers understand this – when working in the field of crisis,[…]

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Why I’m A Stickler For Graphic Standards

  NOTICE: THE VIEWS, COMMENTS, STATEMENTS, AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED ON THIS WEBSITE DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE OFFICIAL POSITION OF THE SALVATION ARMY. For the longest time, I’ve always been a bit of a design nut.  Ever since I took a web design class in junior high and started on social media, I’ve always cared about how things look to others.  What does my content reflect?  Does the design fit the content?  More importantly, does the[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: “…to care for the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, love the unlovable and befriend those who have no friends…”

A Covenant of Service Officers commit to “…serve him completely…” through their ministry and outreach.  The Salvation Army is best known for its service to communities and helping those in need.  As part of the Officer’s Covenant, the officer sacredly promises to “…care for the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked…”  Though not an exhaustive list of the services The Salvation Army offers, this list shows that our mission includes “…meet[ing] human needs in[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: “…to live to win souls and make their salvation the first purpose of my life…”

An Unending Calling During the week leading up to the signing of the Officer’s Covenant, the Training Principal at the College for Officer Training meets with the soon-to-be Lieutenants and discusses the nature of the Covenant and its importance to an officer’s life and ministry.  During one of these lectures, it was said that it is impossible for an officer to ever state that their work is done in a particular community.  Those who say[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: “…to love and serve him supremely all my days…”

A Personal Commitment The phrase “…to love and serve him supremely all my days…” is the personal promise of every officer to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.  An officer’s ministry can greatly suffer if the relationship between the officer and God does not take priority.  One’s own devotional and prayer life should be valued and cherished – it is the source from which energy for ministry and mission comes from. Robert Murray M’Cheyne[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: “…I bind myself to him in this solemn covenant…”

Reliance on God The Covenant that an officer makes is one that shows his or her reliance on God to fulfill it.  The binding of oneself to him emphasizes the union that all believers have with Christ.  All believers, including officers, must cling to him and rely on his strength to sustain them. Officership is not an easy task.  Anyone who would claim that officership is a piece of cake is probably missing something.  It[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: “…as an officer of The Salvation Army…”

The last part of the preamble of the Officer’s Covenant reflects on the ministry outlet in which God’s calling takes place – “…as an officer of The Salvation Army…”  It is through The Salvation Army and the role of an officer that Salvation Army officers find the means for fulfilling God’s calling in their life. Only Officership Will Do I can honestly say from my experience in The Salvation Army and God’s calling in my[…]

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Why Moody Made Me A Better Egalitarian

I was sitting in my dorm room reading a book for one of my last classes at Moody Bible Institute.  This was my senior seminar class – the capstone of my entire career at MBI.  As I was reading, I began pondering my senior thesis paper.  This was a twenty-page paper in which I was to dive deeply into a theological topic of my choosing within my particular field of study.  I was a systematics[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: “…to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”

Following the phrase “Called by God…” comes the action of what God has called the officer to do: “…to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…”  This is the primary mission of every officer in The Salvation Army.  The overall job description should read “Proclaim the Gospel”.  To neglect this portion of the Covenant is to neglect the key role of an officer.  It is the duty of every officer to make[…]

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