With the creation of the Centre for Spiritual Life Development some territories have created intentional, systematic and practical opportunities for developing the inner life of their people with the appointment of a Secretary for Spiritual Life Development. Below are some happenings from around the globe:
USA Western Territory
The Secretary and Associate Secretary for Spiritual Life Development are available to conduct workshops, teaching, preaching and direct support to every division and corps within the territory. The 24/7 prayer program is engaging many prayer warriors throughout the territory, which for the year 2011 has inculcated the additional request from International Headquarters to pray for social justice. Other activities include T.E.A.M.- formal curriculum for the development of local officers provided by experts and MONVEE - cutting edge web-based program for personal growth and holiness (presently being tested in 10 corps). In time this will be available to the entire territory.
Practical teachings through workshops on abundant living during the Commissioning 2001 weekend and the Western Bible Conference. Monthly prayer ministry conducted at THQ-employees and officers join together to pray for the needs of the territory and a Spiritual Life Development website is under construction.
Norway, Iceland and the Faeroes Territory
The main focuses have been on prayer, spiritual disciplines, spiritual friendships and establishing small groups. The entire territory joined in the worldwide 24/7 prayer event from Feb. 28 to March 6, with seven divisions responsible for one day each. An officers' training course on spiritual disciplines with Lt. Colonels Richard and Janet Munn is planned for March 2012. Material for small groups on spiritual formation is under development."
Australia East Territory
One of the highlights of the Australia East Territory was the six day conference for young people "Time 2 Be Holy...Time 2 Serve". The event was divided into two parts, with the first three days focusing on the teaching of spiritual reflections on holiness; during the final three days the young people participated in direct ministry at Sydney Street level Mission. The 26 delegates, ages 18-25, came from five different territories-Australia East; Australia South; New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga; Papua New Guinea; and Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar.
The mission of the Spiritual Life Development department is to encourage and enhance a holistic spiritual life formation and leadership capacity of Salvationists across the territory, through the encouragemente of spiritual disciplines in community and the priorization of prayer in this territory-comprised of 16 countries with three languages, many dialects and 12 currencies.
Kenya East Territory
Colonel Janice Howard, secretary for Spiritual Life Development, travels to each division teaching both officers and local officers foundational principles for spiritual growth. Each month, the territory publishes one of the "calls" from Commissioner Robert Street's book, Called to Be God's People. Quarterly, officers attend a territorial conference to study spiritual disciplines.
Kenya West Territory
'Growing stronger through Bible study and prayer' is the 2011 territorial theme. Lieut-Colonel Herman Mbakaya, secretary for Spiritual Life Development, writes: 'The Spiritual Life Development department in Kenya West exists to encourage, strengthen and cultivate spiritual lives of its officers and soldiers-to grow strong through Bible study and prayer. Our aim is to facilitate the development of the spiritual lives of our Salvationists by organizing seminars and workshops that are spiritually enriching and helping to form Christlikeness in people. We aim to see every corps become a center for spiritual development in Kenya West Territory... Our vision is to see every Salvationist actively involved in spiritual disciplines.'
USA Southern Territory
Major Otis Childs, secretary for Evangelism and Spiritual Life Development, shared some of the Southern Territory's Spiritual Life Development initiatives.
• Annual Territorial Bible Conference for all officers and soldiers;
• Kentucky-Tennessee divisional Fullness Prayer and Fasting Retreat;
• Texas Division regional Prayer Mapping seminar;
• Reproduction of Samuel Logan Brengle and William and Catherine Booth writings on holiness;
• Encountering God through Prayer workshop taught by Jude Gotrich;
• Discipleship course, "Adventures in Learning and Accountability," by Dr. Charles Lake, taught
throughout the territory.
Canada and Bermuda Territory
Lt. Colonel Winsome Mason, secretary for Spiritual Life Development, reports that in response to the General's call for global 24/7 prayer, corps and ministry units across Canada and Bermuda were challenged to voluntarily choose one week over the year to commit to 24/7 prayer, making up 52 weeks of ongoing 24/7 prayer. At their selected time of day, individuals can pray from their homes or in groups at a designated location. Children and youth are also engaging through 4 designated weekends to prayer during 2011. They also have their own website dedicated to prayer: www.sapray247.ca
* Information provided by Major Glen Madsen, the Spiritual Life Development secretary in the USA Western Territory.