Commissioning 2011 – Spirit aflame!
Commissioning weekend is June 11-12.
By Martin Hunt
Spirit Aflame! is the theme for this year’s Commissioning weekend—June 11-12, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. All are invited to join the celebration of what the Lord has done in the lives of our soon to be commissioned officers.
Always a significant occasion for The Salvation Army, Commissioning weekends offer moments of corporate worship and commitment to the Lord and the Army. They include solemn moments of kneeling before the Lord in response to his calling, and pleading for his Holy Spirit to fill us. Many officers think back to their own Commissioning and thank God for those who supported them.
Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs will lead their first USA Western Territory Commissioning this year, challenging us through their preaching and teaching. They will have the honor of commissioning 43 cadets of the Ambassadors of Holiness Session.
The 2011 Commissioning weekend will include an opportunity for Spiritual Life training. Lt. Colonels Richard and Janet Munn from International Headquarters will present a series of workshops—all Salvationists are encouraged to attend. These sessions have been designed to challenge us specifically in our holy living and development as Christians.
For the first time in several years, Commissioning weekend will also include the presentation of a musical on Saturday evening. The musical will be Brengle: My Life’s Ambition, by Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood, a thought-provoking story designed to inspire viewers to seek real holy living.
Traditional elements of Commissioning weekend will include Bible Bowl competition, fellowship opportunities and inspiring music. Tickets and hotel reservation information will be available soon.
NOTE: Recent commissioning publicity inadvertantely attributed the wrong testimony to Cadet Stacy M. Antonovich. The THQ program department apologizes for any confusion this may have caused. Cadet Antonovich’s testimony is:
“I came to the Army as the result of a Sunday school contest when I was 3 years old. I went forward and accepted Christ a year later at Family Camp. While I have no memory of this, The Salvation Army provided a safe and loving place for me to grow up as well as the people to help me grow closer to God. Commissioning is the start of the adventure of officership that God called me to as a teenager and now has brought to reality for my life.”