We are in the thrust of beginning to flesh out our corps review from earlier this year. After the typical ‘lazy’ (yet crazy) summer in this part of the world, we’re back in action thick and fast.
Main thing is our Ward System is due to start running in November. This is really exciting. We have 6 wards altogether consisting of between 8 and 15 people. Not all of those number will attend (some are elderly, some can’t be bothered, some are sick)but we’re on our way to acheiving a good number attending and getting involved in pioneering a new way of being a Salvation Army Corps.
It will be a difficult transition for some people, especially for a corps that has been so ‘Sunday focussed’ for such a long time. We’re looking forward to the great potential for deeper discipleship and pastoring…looking forward to the release and use of spiritual gifts in that setting, we’re looking forward to increased fire in winning the lost, increased effert in evangelism. We’re looking forward to the raised temperature and volume of prayer.
Each ward will meet at least fortnightly, (weekly if they are extra keen!) and will follow the pattern of Welcome (sharing life stories from the week, prayer requests etc, Worship (like it says on the tin), Word (time around scripture, initially using Freedom in Christ Discipleship material), and then Witness (where people are held accountable for their witnessing relationships and where the ward discuss and plan their brigade activity) and Intercession (prayer time).
Each ward will have its brigade activity…that is, they will seek to work together as a group on a particular outreach activity as defined by the group. We will, in time, be looking to appoint Ward Brigadiers to co-ordinate these outreach ativities.
Each group will also have a geographical area assigned to them which they will prayer walk and that they will go door to door with prayer cards, asking residents for prayer requests to be taken and used in the context of the ward meeting prayer section.
What is this about? Its about mobilising for mission, its about being serious abotu discipleship and pastoral care, desperate for holiness, and simply taking seriously our calling as soldiers.
Please pray for us.