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Global Alpha Campaign
The Gospel & Transformation
As you are aware the "Gospel & Transformation" (evangelism) is one of our Territory's 7 strategic priorities under the banner of "Mobilize". This year we are placing renewed emphasis and high priority on soul saving and Kingdom building!
The first action step towards this strategic priority will be an all out involvement in the Global Alpha Campaign // September 2016. This nation wide campaign will feature Bear Grylls, the face of outdoor survival and adventure who has 1.5 billion fans worldwide. He will be sharing his journey of faith on Alpha in a way that the world has never seen before. He has kindly gifted Alpha with the use of his image and story for the campaign over 12 months starting September 1, 2016.
Check out this website:
and register your region, and/or your corps to host an Alpha campaign in the coming year.
Along with Bear Grylls, the Corps Ministries Department and Alpha Canada will be providing a variety of additional supports for you and your campaign. Regional Alpha Directors will be available in each province to meet with local corps and leaders. Zoom conference teaching sessions will be hosted by the Corps Ministries Secretary and Shaila Visser, the National Director of Alpha. Tools, resources, downloads and additional training will all be made available to those leading campaigns on the front lines.
Administration de Poste
Un LEADERSHIP EFFICACE au sein de l’Armée
du Salut consiste à encourager la prise de décisions,
afin de donner une direction et d’obtenir les résultats
Chaque poste, peu importe sa taille, doit avoir un cadre pour
soutenir sa mission. Un modèle de gouvernance est ce cadre qui
sert à harmoniser la communication et la prise de décision en ce qui
a trait aux objectifs du poste.
Administration de Poste
Resources for Pentecost Sunday have been added to
- includes music ideas, video links, song suggestions, prayer, and more
for sharing on social media
presentation with Responsive reading of Acts 2, and the lyrics for Send the Fire!
print and slide versions
all these FREE resources!
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
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 ‘
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
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
Harper Collins Canada:
OR CALL 1 800 387 0117
What is Mobilize?
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
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.
Corps Administration Model
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
Call and Commitment Sunday
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?
Membership Renewal Sunday
A new bulletin cover and slide background are now available for download. January focuses thoughts on new beginnings and provides opportunity to set personal spiritual and commitment goals for the new year!
Customize the bulletin inside and back.
Find sermon ideas and other renewal items as well.
Corps Administration: Information and Guidelines
Which model are you using?
A 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
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)
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.
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
Here is a handy list of ideas
Thanksgiving Powerpoint Slide Backgrounds
Give Thanks - Powerpoint Background
God's Harvest - Print Version
God's Harvest - Powerpoint
Thanksgiving Responsive Reading
Hymns of Adoration - Powerpoint
(Order from Trade)
Barnyard Blast (Halloween)
In The Dark (Halloween)
Coloring Pages and Activities
Senior's and Women's:
Ways to Help Children Focus on Thanksgiving
(Women's Program for Mothers)
(Women's Program Outline)
(Senior's Program Outline)
Youth Group Ideas:
Thanksgiving Music Suggestions
- a list of contemporary songs that work really nicely with Thanksgiving - submitted by Kim Garreffa
New Rally Day Resources
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
Canada & Bermuda Territory
This document outlines new and innovative programming in our Territory. Get ideas for new ministries and see what's happening.
The Elevator Story
A tool for congregations.
Identifying the Elevator Message for our Congregation
In thirty seconds or less, tell me why I should consider attending your church,
instead of the other churches in your town/city.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Probably not. And that’s just the problem.
Maybe your church should consider developing an elevator pitch? If nothing else, it would spark wonderful conversation amongst the members of your congregation.
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!
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.
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.
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
. If your location information is out-of-date it will not be helpful. To check the public information available for your current location - visit
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