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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

Resources

Resources for Pentecost Sunday have been added to www.MinistryHelps.ca.
  • Sermon Outline
  • Resource Ideas - includes music ideas, video links, song suggestions, prayer, and more
  • Inspirational Graphic for sharing on social media
  • Powerpoint presentation with Responsive reading of Acts 2, and the lyrics for Send the Fire!
  • Responsive Reading print and slide versions

Pentecost Resources

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The Story

The Story

Great Ministry Resource!

How would you like 31 weeks of your preaching/teaching, Bible Study, and Sunday School curriculum packaged and ready to go for the fall?­The creators of ‘THE STORY’ have done just that!­ The ministry kit includes studies, lessons, videos and more – all ready to go!­ Your children follow the same teaching plan as your adults, and it’s all included!

WHAT IS ‘THE STORY’?
What gets your attention faster than a good story?­ Jesus’ teaching was almost always in story form:­ The Good Samaritan, The Sower & The Seed, The Rich Man, The Good Shepherd, and many more.­ So here’s a great resource for every corps called The Story.

The Story, published by Zondervan, is an approach to learning and understanding the Bible using the same message and theme for your entire congregation each week for 31 weeks.

I remember being at a hot air balloon festival, where there was a large balloon floating overhead.­ A boy excitedly pointed out the balloon to his parents, saying look – a boat with animals in it.­ No one seemed to be aware that that boat came from a story in the Bible, with a lesson attached to it, with a message from God to His people.­

Many people now a days did not grow up going to Sunday School and hearing the fundamental stories about God’s interaction with His people in the world around us.­Telling The Story responds to our cultural norm where people respond to images!­ We need to be telling and teaching the Bible stories that God has given to His people.­
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Imagine the conversations your members could have on the way home and around the dinner table,
talking about what was learned in Sunday school this week by parents
who heard the same portion of scripture taught
in their sermon.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Included in the start up kit are ministry materials and plans for all ages to be studying, adult, youth and children’s ministry.
  • Work through 31 Bible stories in a chronological order.
  • The story of God’s great love us and know and understand your part in God’s plan
  • Gain an understanding of how the Bible lesson works itself out on this earth and how it fits into God’s bigger plan
Materials:
  • Curriculum and DVD resources for each age group
  • Bibles for each age group that read like a story
  • Materials are also available in Spanish
For more detailed information visit www.TheStory.com
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Order -­­
Harper Collins Canada:
Tony Federici Tony.federici@harpercollins.com
OR CALL ­1 800 387 0117

Resource images
CDROM
Children's items
Children's Items

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What is Mobilize?

What is Mobilize?

Mobilize Logo
This is a call to come together and mobilize around our seven strategic priorities.  This should be the focus of every person who serves under the banner of The Salvation Army - officers, employees, soldiers, volunteers, adherents and friends.  Details about the priorities, goals and actions are available on the Salvationist.ca website at www.salvationist.ca/strategic-priorities.

We have chosen the theme “mobilize”.  To mobilize requires preparation, motion and active service.  We have captured these elements in the words upward, outward and onward.  We prepare our hearts (upward), serve others (outward) and move forward together (onward).  Note the 'Z' highlights the number 7 - the number of priorities.

All officers and leaders of our territory are strongly encouraged  to:

·    Learn about the priorities.  Go to the link above and familiarize yourself with the details.
·    Read my article in the January Salvationist magazine.  Watch for future articles.
·    Ask questions.  Speak to your leaders to learn more.  
·    Share your knowledge with others.  Talk it up.
·    Pray that God will bless our efforts.  Pray alone and in community.    
·    Determine what you can do to help achieve the stated goals, and then do it.  This may include supporting others who are directly working on achieving these goals.
·    Use the mobilize artwork on posters and other material.
·    Support, inspire and encourage each other.  Celebrate milestones achieved.
·    Keep me informed.  I want to celebrate with you.

It is the prayer of our territorial leaders that  our efforts will be in tune with God’s will as we focus on our strategic priorities, work to make a difference in people’s lives and grow the Kingdom of God.
Easter Slide Backgrounds

Easter Slide Backgrounds

Resources for Palm Sunday

Kim Garreffa
Here are some Slide backgrounds that are free to use. Use the link underneath each image to download a full version of the background.

 
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Corps Administration Model

Corps Administration Model

New resource!

Get your copy of the new Corps Administration Model document.  This document includes details on the Corps Council and Mission Board structures, outlines requirements for people who serve in corps leadership positions, and details tasks specific to each roll. 

Click here to view the table of contents: Corps Administration Model Contents

Information contained in this document covers Corps Council and Mission Board structure, member requirements and duties for the Corps Sergeant Major, Corps Secretary, Treasurer, Recruiting Sergeant, Music Locals and more.  It also includes the purpose of the Corps Council and/or Mission Board.

This document provides foundational information for every corps, large or small.
Download a copy now from www.MinistryHelps.ca
Call and Commitment Sunday

Call and Commitment Sunday

Resources

The 2016 resource package for Call and Commitment Sunday, generally recognized in February every year, is now available.

The promotional theme for 2016 is “Who Will Fill These Shoes?” focusing on the need for the next generation to step up and fill the shoes of those who have gone before them in answering God’s call – seeking Individuals who will step into leadership (officership) and help to move the mission of The Salvation Army forward.

All the resources are contained in this one file:  Call and Commitment Sunday: Who Will Fill These Shoes?
 
Corps Administration: Information and Guidelines

Corps Administration: Information and Guidelines

Which model are you using?

Corps AdministrationA new document with details for Corps Administration is almost ready for launch.  Information includes how to structure and manage the Corps Council, Mission Board, Pastoral Care Council, and provides detailed job descriptions for members of the Mission Board and more!    Watch for more information on how to get your copy!

A must read for every Corps Officer!
 
 
Congregational Health Assessment Tools

Congregational Health Assessment Tools

Tele-learning Event

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Topic: An introduction to three options for congregational health assessment: Natural Church Development, Congregational Life Cycle and Logic Model for Program Evaluation. There will be discussion of best fit for different corps.

Presenter: James Watson is the Consultant for Church Planting and Congregational Revitalization and has over 10 years of experience assisting congregations both within The Salvation Army and as an interdenominational mission worker. He has taught congregational assessment at Emmanuel Bible College and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Thanksgiving Program Ideas

Thanksgiving Program Ideas

Here is a handy list of ideas

Powerpoint Resources:
Thanksgiving Powerpoint Slide BackgroundsThanksgiving slides
Give Thanks - Powerpoint Background

Readings:
God's Harvest - Print Version (Responsive Reading)
God's Harvest - Powerpoint (Responsive Reading)
Thanksgiving Responsive Reading
Hymns of Adoration - Powerpoint (Responsive Reading)

Supplies:
Thanksgiving Bulletins (Order from Trade)


Children:
Barnyard Blast (Halloween)
In The Dark (Halloween)

Thanksgiving Crafts (from DaniellesPlace.com)
Coloring Pages and Activities (from ActivityVillage.co.uk)

Senior's and Women's:
Ways to Help Children Focus on Thanksgiving (Women's Program for Mothers)
Canadian Thanksgiving (Women's Program Outline)
Give Thanks (Senior's Program Outline)
Harvest Basket (Drama)

Youth Group Ideas:
Activities (from egadideas.com)

Music:
Thanksgiving Music Suggestions - a list of contemporary songs that work really nicely with Thanksgiving - submitted by Kim Garreffa
New Rally Day Resources

New Rally Day Resources

Free download!

Visit www.MinistryHelps.ca and click on the Rally Day link to see resources for Rally Day.  Picnic, Prayer Rally, Responsive Reading and Sermon ideas!
Greater Things Innovative Programming

Greater Things Innovative Programming

Canada & Bermuda Territory

This document outlines new and innovative programming in our Territory.  Get ideas for new ministries and see what's happening.
Greater Things Report

Download: Greater Things
The Elevator Story

The Elevator Story

A tool for congregations.

Identifying the Elevator Message for our Congregation
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In thirty seconds or less, tell me why I should consider attending your church,
instead of the other churches in your town/city.
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There are times when we try to invite someone to our church but talk too long and often about the things that don’t really matter.­ That’s why maybe we should teach our congregation how to focus and say the things that are important.
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This is sometime referred to as an “Elevator Pitch”.­ The simple definition is as follows;
­ “ An elevator pitch is a brief yet concise speech given by one person to another person(s) in order to explain a product or service that they either represent and/or sell.­ The purpose of an elevator pitch is to quickly inspire the listener to consider purchasing and/or using that particular product or service.­
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The Process of Figuring Out Why We Exist and Steps for Creating a “Spiritual” Elevator Pitch
Here are 7 things you would need to define and/or answer in order to create an effective elevator pitch for your church.
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  • For what purpose does our church exist?
  • What do we hope to accomplish each and every time we meet as a congregation?
  • What are some of the “key” ministries that we offer/provide?
  • What are some of the “key” ministries that we offer/provide BUT are not offered or provided by the other churches in our community?
  • What are the demographics of the people that attend our church?(Are we a church composed primarily of elderly saints, young families, college-aged young adults, or do we have a diverse mixture of worshipers?)
  • What type of person is our church hoping to attract each and every Sunday?
  • Does our church exist to be primarily discipleship-oriented (ministering to saved Christians) or are we more of an evangelistic, outreach-oriented church?
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Okay, okay.­ I know what you’re thinking.­ You’re thinking (“Perish the thought!”) that an elevator pitch sounds a bit commercial, “worldly” even, and you’d never even consider such a thing at your church!­ I suppose that is understandable.
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But let me ask you this, if I asked you to tell me why I would want to consider attending your church versus the “popular” one just around the corner, would you have any idea what to say to me?­ More importantly, do you think the average person sitting in your pews would be able to articulate an appropriate answer to me?
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Probably not.­­ And that’s just the problem.
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Maybe your church should consider developing an elevator pitch? If nothing else, it would spark wonderful conversation amongst the members of your congregation.
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And just imagine how valuable a tool it could become with regards to pointing your congregation down the path you’re hoping to lead them!
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Excerpts taken from pastors.com/church-elevator-pitch (By Charles Specht).­ This article was included in the Annual Review documents as a suggestion to every Corps.

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Reminders for Movers

Reminders for Movers

Don't forget to do these things.....

Here are some things you need to remember to do, if you have recently changed appointments.

www.MinistryHelps.ca - www.MinistryCatalogue.ca
If you have recently changed appointments and you are registered at either of these websites,, please log in and change your address using the My Account link in the upper menu bar.

SAMIS, SHELBY, CMS, etc.
Don't forget to have the Location Information changed on other system accounts. ­Once you have access to your new location, make this a priority. ­

DID YOU KNOW? ­The public web service for people searching for Salvation Army churches or services, is populated by the information you put into SAMIS. ­If your location information is out-of-date it will not be helpful. ­To check the public information ­available for your current location - visit­www.salvationarmy.ca/locator.


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Administrative Model - 2013 Location Choice

Administrative Model - 2013 Location Choice

Which corps use which model?

Every year included in the Corps Review process, units complete a form regarding the Administrative Model that is used in their location.

As of August 2014, following the collection of information submitted at that time for the 2013 calendar year, the following chart was created demonstrating the results.

Administrative Model Chart
Dignity Project Resources

Dignity Project Resources

Resources for sharing

Find  'Dignity Project'  resources on www.MinistryHelps.ca, under the Dignity Project category.  Resources found there include sermon outlines and devotionals.

Recommended Reading
Gospel in Life  
GOSPEL IN LIFE:  an eight session Bible study with  DVD written by Timothy Keller (ISBN 978-0-310-32891-9 )
This Bible study focuses on The Church working in the world as agents of Grace and would tie in nicely with an emphasis on dignity.