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Journey to Officership

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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Journey to Officership: The Legacy You Leave

Today is my last day in Rockford, IL before I move to Chicago to begin my two years of training as a cadet in The Salvation Army. While today will be busy getting everything packed (yes, I have procrastinated), it will also be a day of goodbyes.  In fact, this whole week has been a time of goodbyes: goodbyes to family, goodbyes to friends, and goodbyes to my corps. This morning, my mom posted a[…]

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Journey to Officership: Milestone

The dictionary defines a milestone as “a significant event or stage in the life.”  Today is a milestone in my journey to officership.  It’s a milestone I have looked forward to for about 10 years. Today I have been ACCEPTED as a candidate for the Messengers of Light session! I am so excited that after years of listening to God’s call, preparing myself, and patiently waiting I can finally say that I am going to be a cadet and, in just over[…]

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Journey to Officership: The Lessons of Pride and Patience

This upcoming Monday, I should find out if I’m an Accepted Candidate for CFOT this fall.  I’m excited that the process is almost complete for my entrance to training and I can’t wait to begin learning at CFOT. I have to say, this process has been nothing like I thought it would be.  I thought it would be an extremely easy, short process and that I would have been accepted back in the fall or[…]

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Journey to Officership: Candidate Video

As I finish my full application for training this next week, I thought I would share my finished Candidate video with you.  This is a newer requirement for Candidates which gives the soldiers and officers of the Territory the opportunity to get to know the Candidates and pray for them.  I hope you will enjoy my video and continue to pray for this process. )

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Journey to Officership: One More Step

Today is a big day for my Journey to Officership.  Today I will find out if I am a preliminary accepted candidate for the 2014-2016 Messengers of Light Session.  Over the past few weeks, God has been walking and guiding me through the steps to officership.  I pray that he continues to do so in the next 10 months before training.  I will update this post once I hear of the Candidate Board’s decision.  Thank[…]

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Journey to Officership: Change of Plans

As I begin my senior year at Moody Bible Institute, I’m beginning to reflect on my time here (and all the things I still need to do in Chicago before going to training).  Moody has played a significant role in my journey to officership.  There have been good times and bad, but Moody has been preparing me to be a minister of God’s Word. Originally, I never thought of studying theology or even the Bible[…]

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Journey to Officership: Calling

I’ve often had people ask me when I was called to be an officer in The Salvation Army.  Like many, I could say it happened at Youth Councils or Commissioning; it could have been through Corps Cadets or even my Junior Soldier class.  But unlike many people who can pinpoint the date of their calling, I simply have to say, “I don’t know”. I’ve been conscious of this calling since about Jr. High, but never[…]

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Journey to Officership: Introduction

God has a specific calling for my life.  Those of you who know me personally know exactly what I am talking about.  Since I was about 12 years old, God has called me to Salvation Army Officership – to serve Him in ministry with The Salvation Army. Over the next three years, I will be embarking on this journey to what is called “Officership”.  In this upcoming series of blog posts, I will be recounting[…]

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