In its five years of existence the Centre for Spiritual Life Development (CSLD) is still relatively new. It seeks to be a statement, a sign, and a vision for spiritual focus and renewal for the Army worldwide. Its mission is to facilitate the development of the spiritual lives of Salvationists by:
- Offering conferences and events that are spiritually enriching and that help form people in Christlikeness
- Providing resources to cultivate spiritual life development
- Encouraging implementation of intentional and systematic opportunities for spiritual growth throughout the international Salvation Army
Since its establishment on the campus of the International College for Officers in London, England, the curriculum of the ICO/CSLD has also broadened to include a deeper emphasis on prayer, with the inclusion of 24/7 prayer and fasting days; spiritual disciplines and continued Bible study in community. Upon return home, the delegates (or Cedarlights as they’re called) have a global influence in spiritual life development in their contexts.
Conferences and events
The CSLD has conducted events on site such as the International Prayer Leaders Gathering and Come to the Table, both focussed on equipping those with territorial responsibilities for prayer and spiritual life development.
A renewal of holiness teaching and living was the mark of Time to Be Holy 458 and the International College for Soldiers. These incarnational experiences provided young Salvationists with an increase of theological, historical knowledge and teaching on personal holiness.
The CSLD team has also been invited to conduct and take part in events from different territories around the world and is available to do so.
One of the key focuses of the CSLD is to offer Salvationists tools to strengthen their spiritual lives. Free downloadable Bible studies, prayer resources, spiritual formation resources and more are available on the website.
Army on Its Knees, a handbook of prayer written by Colonel Janet Munn and Major Stephen Court was published at the beginning of 2012. This along with the CSLD and Global Call Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages have also been significant in increasing people’s understanding of and involvement in CSLD mission.
Global Call to 24-7 Prayer – a day and night cry for justice
Since the start of the Global Call to 24-7 Prayer on 1st January 2011, Salvationists have been called to focused and united intercession for justice for the oppressed. Nearly 50 territories have signed up and taken part. Testimonies of how people are encountering God in a fresh way through unity in prayer are encouraging.
The International Social Justice Commission provides the Global Call to 24-7 Prayer with a monthly prayer focus, helping Salvationists focus their prayer on justice related themes.