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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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Senior Soldier Renewal Sunday

Senior Soldier Renewal Sunday

New resources!

Here are some new resources, developed especially for Senior Soldier Day of Renewal.


Print-ready, four to a page -  print on light card stock and trim to the edge (finished size 3.25" x 5").  Designed to be folded in half, becoming wallet size.

VERSION 1 - MY PROMISE                                     Download



VERSION 2 - MY COVENANT                                              Download



Available as a large print version, folds to 1/4 letter size paper - half cut, no trimming required.
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 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. 

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.



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
  • 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

Order -  
Harper Collins Canada:
Tony Federici
OR CALL  1 800 387 0117


Looking For Inspiration in Spanish Ministry?

Looking For Inspiration in Spanish Ministry?

Spanish Resources

If you are helping to resource Spanish ministry and need some helpful resources for sermon writing, check out the Salvation Army Spanish Sermons posted on  If you use the advanced search tools for Denomination - and click on The Salvation Army, you will get a lengthy list of sermons - many of which are in Spanish!

Farewell Orders

Farewell Orders

Tips for Officers Changing Appointments

It's that time of year again in the Canada & Bermuda Territory, and many officers will receive farewell orders - meaning they will be leaving one appointment and taking up another.

There are lots of things to be taken into consideration when changing appointments.  Here is a helpful document outlining some 'best practices' for leaving and appointment, and 'best practices' for entering a new one.

Download:  Tips For Officers Changing Appointments.

Here is a link to the list of changes: 2013 Appointment Changes
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. -
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.

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 - visit

Global Leadership Summit 2013

Apply by June 30th through your DHQ!

The Global Leadership Summit exists to transform Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development, and inspiration for the sake of the local church.
The Willow Creek Leadership Centre has contacted Corps Ministries Department again this year to personally invite and encourage as many Officers and lay leaders as possible to participate in the upcoming "Global Leadership Summit" being "simulcast" to a wide selection of over 20 sites at major cities across Canada on August 8,9 & October 24-25, 2013.   
The Willow Creek Leadership Centre is offering The Salvation Army  their kick off  special registration price of $99.00 per person for "NEW PARTICIPANTS" if we commit to purchase 100 Registrations as noted in the attached advertisement. For returning delegates they are able to offer you a rate of $129 each for a group of 100. With the purchase of these group registrations any that are unused will be carried forward to the next year. 
To get the special rate, delegates are not to register individually, but must
submit the registration form below to DHQ. 

Global Leadership Summit Application for Canadian SA Officers
We want  to encourage your divisions and ministry units to take advantage of this high-quality leadership development opportunity. Please note the host locations listed below. 
British Columbia
Duncan August 8,9 New Life Community Baptist Church 1839 Tzouhalem Rd.
Vancouver August 8,9 Broadway Church 2700 E Broadway
Fraser Valley October 24,25 TBD
Kelowna October 24,25 Trinity Baptist Church 1905 Springfield Rd
Grande Prairie August 8,9 People's Church 11850 - 108 St.
Fort McMurray
October 24,25 McMurray Gospel Assembly 10110 Main St.
Edmonton August 8,9 Beulah Alliance Church 17504 98A Ave NW
Calgary October 24,25 Centre Street Church 3900 2 Street Northeast
Saskatoon August 8,9 Ebenezer Baptist Church 107 McWillie Ave.
Winnipeg August 8,9 & October 24,25 Riverwood Church Community 257 Riverton Ave
London August 8,9 Forest City Community Church 3725 Bostwick Rd.
Mississauga August 8,9 PORTICO 1814 Barbertown Rd.
Richmond Hill October 24,25 Richmond Hill Christian Community Church 9670 Bayview Ave.
St. Catharines August 8,9 Southridge Community Church 201 Glenridge Ave.
Cambridge October 24,25 Forward Church 455 Myers Road
Burlington October 24,25 Compass Point Bible Church 1500 Kerns Rd.
Ottawa August or October TBD
Windsor October 24,25 Lakeshore St. Andrew's Church 235 Amy Croft Dr.
New Brunswick
Moncton August 8,9 Hillside Baptist Church 2290 Mountain Rd.
Hosted at Moncton Wesleyan 945 St. George Blvd.
Nova Scotia
Lower Sackville
October 24,25 Rock Church 222 Sackville Dr.
Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's August 8,9 Bethesda Pentecostal Church 1 Escasoni Place
For planning purposes June 30, 2013 has been set as a deadline date for hearing back from the divisions and ministry units.
This information will then be forwarded to Yvonne Namasivayam in the THQ Corps Ministries Department who will have specified access to the registration forms and will group register all delegates.  In this process, payment will be made initially by THQ . Then,  in due course, Divisions will receive an invoice for their list of delegates and each Ministry Unit will be invoiced accordingly.
Church Plant or Corps Plant?

Church Plant or Corps Plant?

Tell us what you think?

Major Fred Waters
The Canada and Bermuda Territory hasn't planted a new corps - new church - in quite some time.  In fact looking at the stats we've been doing more amalgamation and revitalization than anything else.  I'm not suggesting for a moment that those are things we shouldn't be doing but I'm wondering about doing something new.  With the Territorial Review taking place in April we've been talking about how we define a church plant and how long does it remain a plant.

At one time we thought of a new corps as a plant for the first 5 years.  Some research suggests now that 5 years is no longer enough time to establish a new corps, that it takes as long as 10 years.  And beyond the age of a plant what should be the markers that mean it is now a corps?   Is it established leaders and a stable set of programs?  Is it financial stability?  Some of our corps that have been operating for 100 years struggle with financial stability.

So far we know a plant is not a corps - has not reached those determining markers.  And we know that a plant is not something that is 25 years old.  But what is a plant?  We are suggesting we define it is "where things are focused on starting".  And of course in revitalization we speak of things being focused on re-starting.   What's your thinking?  We would love to have your feedback. 

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A New Book on Preaching

A New Book on Preaching

By Major Julie Slous

Here is a great book on Wesleyan heritage and preaching.  

Here is the description from
"John Wesley was once asked why so many people came to hear him preach. His response was, “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn. While the question pushed to understand why the masses were so intrigued with Wesley’s pulpit, we might well ask today, what is really happening in our pulpits to capture the interest and the attention of today’s listener? If we were to survey local congregations, perhaps we would be surprised to learn how many people would like to see a little more fire burning in the pulpit on a Sunday morning! It presses us to ask what preaching is accomplishing in today’s contemporary world. Is preaching waking people up or is it painfully lulling them to sleep? Is preaching inspiring, motivating and reaching people where they are, or has the relevancy of this time-honored tradition within the Christian Church lost esteem and effectiveness?

Using these initial questions as a launching pad, the pages that follow seek to put the reality of the contemporary pulpit in conversation with a place in history where homiletical fires burned with notable intensity. Drawing from the richness of The Salvation Army’s story, we reach back into the Victorian and Edwardian eras (1819-1930) to encounter the aggressive proclamation of a disturbing gospel.... Is there still a place for confrontational preaching in the contemporary pulpit? Does this approach to preaching help to address some of the very real challenges we are facing in engaging today’s listener?"
You can order it online, through S & P, or download it from Amazon for Kindle.

6 Ways to Promote DIGNITY MONTH

6 Ways to Promote DIGNITY MONTH

Get your plans ready to go!

Six ways to promote DIGNITY MONTH in your Corps.

1. Link to the Dignity Project website from your local corps website.

2. Purchase some Dignity Project merchandise as promotional items  or for recognizing volunteers.

3. Tap into the Dignity Project sermons and outlines available on

4. Use a video or promotional slide in your Sunday services leading up to May.

5. Print a Hope Story in your bulletin leading up to Dignity Month.

6. Get your congregants involved in the 31 Day Dignity Challenges!
Father's Day Give Away

Father's Day Give Away

A new product from Promise Keepers

Promise Keepers have developed a devotional that can be given out on Father's Day, complete with 5 weeks of devotions by great authors/leaders such as Mark Buchanan and Laird Crump.  If you are ordering between 50 - 99 they are $1.35 each.

Get your order in early!!!

For more information visit the website:  Promise Keepers - Father's Blessing

For free downloadable program ideas, check

Great Article!

Great Article!

Tips for Public Speaking

Here is a link to a very helpful article on Public Speaking, and it only takes a few minutes to read. 

To read the article follow this link:  7 Mistakes In Public Speaking

You will also find lots of other helpful information on his website for those in ministry!
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18 - 25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18 - 25

Great opportunity to join with the worldwide Christian church.

The roots of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity go back to the 1800s; it is one of the oldest, most widely observed ecumenical events in the world.The materials on this website are designed to be of service to you not only during the Week itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you find ways to express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united one with another, and all of us with Christ.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held from January 18 to 25. This is the octave proposed by Paul Wattson in 1908, because it begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Finding ways to pray together during this January week means that we are in harmony with people around the world, which brings its own graces; in this way, we join with all who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity.

For details and resources visit:

For other resources, visit the world council of churches site:  World Council of Churches
Where to find Adherent Information

Where to find Adherent Information

If you are having membership classes, here are some resources you should know about!

Senior Soldiership
For a list of training materials, visit the page on Soldiership.

Certificates for soldiership must be ordered through S & P.

There is an Adherents Handbook available through Supplies and Purchasing ( which outlines the guidelines for adherency, and has a sample of the certificate.

Certificates can also be ordered through S & P.

Don't forget to include both your membership class in "Soldier/Member Preparation Classes", and your new Soldiers or Adherents in your SAMIS statistics.  Use this link for help with updating your SAMIS Rolls,