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Becoming ‘EXTRAordinary’

Candidates Seminar to offer SA ministry opportunities

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
—Acts 4:13
This year, the Candidates Seminar Weekend event anticipates a record number of delegates under the age of 30 and will offer them a unique opportunity to discover God’s special calling for their lives in The Salvation Army. “We want to spark their interest in ministry opportunities,” said Major Thomas Lyle, territorial candidates secretary, “not only as officers, but as employees and as lay leaders.”

Delegates, who will include people with an interest in global ministry, will witness the installation of Lt. Colonels William and Lorraine Bamford as chief secretary and as territorial secretary for women’s ministries. They are currently serving in the South America West Territory. Delegates will also hear stirring and thought–provoking messages from Commissioners Barry C. and Sue Swanson, U.S.A. East’s territorial leaders.

“EXTRAordinary” is the theme, derived from Acts 4:13. “This weekend, we’re really focusing on the life of Peter,” said Major Lyle. “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, but we’re still ordinary people…. We’re going to have a great weekend. We always do. I believe it’s one of the most important events as it pertains to Army recruitment,” he said.

The weekend (from February 7–9, 2014) will officially begin at Centennial Memorial Temple in Manhattan, to which all delegates will travel by bus from Suffern, N.Y., to attend a worshipful and prayerful Friday Evening at the Temple (FET) meeting. The Lt. Colonels Bamford, currently serving respectively as chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries in the South America West Territory, will be welcomed as chief secretary and as territorial secretary for women’s ministries here in the U.S.A. Eastern Territory. On February 1, they will take up their new appointments and assume the rank of colonel.

On Saturday evening at the College for Officer Training (CFOT), Commissioner Sue Swanson, territorial president for women’s ministries, is scheduled to speak to the delegates. On Sunday morning, Commissioner Barry Swanson will deliver a message during holiness meeting.

Also on Saturday, seminar delegates will have a choice of three tracks—”Exploring,” “Discovering,” or “Accepting.” The Exploring Track will help delegates learn more about specific areas of Army ministry, particularly as officers. The Discovering Track will give inquisitive delegates an informative overview. The Accepting Track is for people who have already applied for and are in the process of becoming officers for 2014. “These three areas are vital,” said Lyle. “This will be an intense weekend during which we pray that the Lord will clearly speak.”

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