Northwest ‘recharges’ local leaders


Northwest Divisional Commander Major Doug Tollerud and Tacoma (Wash.) Corps Officer Major Warren Dabis lead a song during local officer training.

Division provides local officer training for English and Spanish-speakers.

By Preston Rider, Major

Salvation Army personnel in the Northwest recently offered local officer training throughout the division. About 300 individuals gathered in Seattle, Olympia and Mid-Columbia, Wash., and Kalispell, Mont., to hone their local officer skills and stretch their faith as they explored new ways to serve the Lord and build his kingdom in their local corps as well as in community outreach.

Divisional Leaders Majors Doug and Sherry Tollerud led the seminars, with support from Commissioner Alicia Burger and other divisional staff, field officers and territorial personnel.

“This is the best training I’ve received in years,” said one participant. “I am recharged with new ideas and inspired to be ‘soldier strong.’”

Developing leaders joined mature leaders in offering ideas, solutions to current challenges, and prayer for one another. They emphasized building bridges, not barriers, in discussions that included youth work basics, women’s ministries, spiritual development, and Christ and culture.

In Mid-Columbia, Burger and Pili Martinez-Moore held workshops in Spanish.

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