One of the mission points of the international Centre for Spiritual Life Development is to encourage the implementation of intentional and systematic opportunities for spiritual growth throughout the Salvation Army.
The Kenya East Territory has been effective in prioritizing this aspect as the second session of the spiritual life development training came to an end on the 1st November with the participation of 26 delegates.
Twenty-five officers and one envoy from around the Kenya East Territory met together at THQ on four separate occasions over a period of one year. The officers came from THQ, the Training College, Social Services Institutions, Divisional/District and Corps appointments.
The four day-long trainings included a variety of spiritual disciplines not only to further develop the spiritual life of the delegate but to train him/her to train others:
- Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines
- Prayer Stations
- Bible Study
- Small Groups
- Praying the Scriptures
- Scripture Memorization
- Silence and Solitude/Sabbath Day
- Self Care (Body, mind, soul)
- Lectio Divina
The delegates also took a Spiritual Growth Assessment, wrote personal growth goals and completed assignments outside of the classroom.
Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries & Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development Colonel Janice Howard describes, "The delegates consistently talk about the growth in their own spiritual lives and how they are teaching in their corps and in their divisions. They will recite a portion of scripture to me, mention how they have applied the discipline of response, how they are taking a Sabbath day, writing goals to take care of themselves and so on. It's great!".
35 officers attended the first training which was held from July 2010 - April 2011 and two different training series will be held in 2012.