I met today with a small group of officers who have been engaged in a Salvation Army leadership course. It was their last session and the presentations were actually a culmination of all that was taught…and learned. They were invigorating.
Their energy was focused into three particular areas of interest: New Corps Openings, Evangelism, Officer Wellness.
All three groups had carefully thought through their subjects and shared equally in reporting their findings and recommendations. Undoubtedly, you will see the fruit of their efforts put into practice in the territory before long.
In all, they refreshed my heart and reminded me of God’s presence in the scope of what is happening in the territory. With them, we have a bright future.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.” Galatians 5:22-23 MSG