‘Strikepoint,’ Hodders to highlight Commissioning Weekend

This year’s Commissioning Weekend in Hershey, Pa., June 6–8, will officially launch “Strikepoint,” a four–point initiative designed to reach youth, recruit and develop new leaders, redefine and integrate urban ministry, and enhance discipleship through a stronger emphasis on Bible study and prayer. The initiative comes from the heart and vision of Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, territorial commander, who said, “This is the product of 40 years that have transpired since I made an adult decision to follow Christ and to offer my life in His service.” 

“We are not called to mind the store, but to create whole new mission fronts in this great salvation war. Let’s go for it!” —Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, territorial commander
Special guests for the weekend will be Commissioners Kenneth G. and Jolene K. Hodder, leaders of the Kenya West Territory.

On Friday, June 6, the evening will begin at 6 p.m., with the traditional “Silver Star” dinner. At 7:30 p.m., officers, family, and friends of the “Disciples of the Cross” session (2012–2014) will witness a commencement service in which cadets will receive academic and achievement honors. The evening will culminate at 9 p.m. with a  “concert of prayer.”

On Saturday, June 7, the first Strikepoint session will begin at 9 a.m. The second will follow at 11 a.m. Command groups will meet at 1:30 p.m. Then, at 3 p.m., Strikepoint session 3 will commence.

During these sessions, delegates will explore such questions as “Are we going deep enough?” “Are we taking our game to the next level, or are we satisfied with incremental improvement when our situation demands transformation through a revolutionary approach to these challenges?” “Do we have the will and the stomach to endure the pain and pay the price for this level of cultural change?” A culminating concert of prayer will begin at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, June 8, the ordination and commissioning of the “Disciples of the Cross” session will take place at 10 a.m., followed in the afternoon at 3 p.m., by an appointment service at the Hershey Lodge’s Great American Hall, which will conclude the Strikepoint Commissioning Weekend events.

Leaders hope that this weekend will inspire Salvationists to interact with one another and then to implement what they’ve learned when they return to their respective corps, divisional headquarters, and other sites of ministry.

Commissioner Swanson said that he envisions an army in which the “essentials” have taken hold and true spiritual maturity has emerged. “In other words, it is what we look like when we have become “‘the Essential Army,’” he said.

by Warren L. Maye

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