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Officer’s Covenant

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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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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Officer’s Covenant: “Called by God…”

The Officer’s Covenant begins with one statement that carries through the rest of the Covenant: “Called by God…”.  This is the foundation from which the rest of the Covenant is built upon.  It is a statement of affirmation that the officer has listened to and discerned that the Lord’s will for his or her life is for full-time service as a minister of the gospel within The Salvation Army. My Calling The way in which[…]

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Officer’s Covenant: Introduction

A few months ago, I was looking at a copy of the Officer’s Covenant, the document I will be signing in just a few short months.  This is not just a contract or a pledge – this is my commitment to God and to The Salvation Army as an officer.  It is nothing to take lightly.  It reads: CALLED BY GOD to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as an officer[…]

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