Nothing is more time-consuming, exhausting and fulfilling as being part of a vibrant and healthy body of believers, if you're into that sort of thing. For the rest of you, here are some friendly tips to make sure your corps dies a slow death, giving you time to focus on what really matters—yourself. If you're looking for a safe, comfortable, stress-free life, follow these four easy steps and you'll have plenty of time to kick back as your ministry dies.

1) Don't Pray

Samuel Chadwick once said, “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” The most important thing you can do to kill your corps is make sure everyone works really hard in their own strength until they're burnt out. That way, they'll either leave or become so bitter and angry they'll tear each other apart. A lot of corps have stopped at this step and had great success at quickly falling into obscurity.

2) Don't Plan

You're good at figuring out what to do as you go along. Who's got time to sit around being still and waiting on the Lord? You've got errands and programs and stuff. And TV! You do have a lot of TV to catch up on. After all, like Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” So if you're trying to kill a corps, make sure to coast as much as you can. Sure, you can flip through the lesson plan right before Sunday school, or throw your sermon together at the last minute. Why not pick out the songs while everyone is filtering in? Just keep coasting. If you really gave the Lord your best effort, he'd probably bless it and you'd be back to square one!

3) Don't Change

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Your corps has been in steady decline for a few decades now, so you must be doing something right. Along with not planning or visioning, neglecting an honest assessment of strengths and weaknesses will keep you on track to imminent demise. Evaluating the efficacy of your work might lead you to try new things, or invest resources differently, in reaching people for Christ in your community. Keep your head in the sand and you'll do fine.

4) Don't Get Your Hands (or Uniform) Dirty

You know how Jesus disrobed, wearing the garment of a slave, when he washed the disciples' feet? That's how the uniform is meant to be worn, with genuine humility. But while others might have been “saved to save,” or “saved to serve,” you were saved to swagger! If you can make the uniform a symbol of status, position or membership, no one will work that hard to join your weird club. So wear it with pride—in yourself, that is. But wear it only when it benefits you, and make sure you don't get it dirty or ragged while working in your community (unless they're handing out trophies or something).

Jonathan Taube works and worships with The Salvation Army in the U.S.A. Central Territory's youth department and as a soldier at Des Plaines Corps in Illinois. God has grown a deep passion in his heart for discipleship, world missions and incarnational expressions of the Gospel. Taube is also a big fan of the Chicago Cubs. Read his blog posts at


On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, marinus huizinga said:

Yes, back to the basics Roy is very importent that we see and feel what the SPIRIT says to the assem
blies and our Salvation Army Corps to living in HIS Blood and Fire, standing in the need of prayer.
I think gives us all a new start again in our minds and a renewing in our praise for our HOLY
That gives i think a revelation in our Corps,GO in HIS NAME and DO , let see your new behaviour.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, val blanksby said:

I have been a Soldier at 2 Corps that IMPLODED . One of the causes was the poor Leadership not only from the CO;s but also at THQ level. I tried to introduce these Officers to the Pastors of a local AOG Church that has had so much growth that they have had to plant 4 Sister congregations around our City. I was told that TSA had enough IN HOUSE ways to not need OUTSIDE help. Consequently, many Salvationists have left the ARMY and joined these Churches !!! SAD !!!

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Roy said:

How true some corps believe that Band and Songsters are the B all and End all of worship when in fact we need to get back to basics and make sure that Jesus is the centre of all our worship. We need to look at God and see where he is working and what his will is and then follow it and then we will have a thriving Corps filled with The Holy Spirit instead of a dying Corps.

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Herb Presley said:

Another good way to kill your corps is to avoid the raw study of God's Word. Only study what Rick Warren or John Maxwell, et al says about the words of scripture. Don't read it, don't make any effort to study it deeply, and certainly DON'T make reading it the central point of your worship service. That way, your spiritual death will slither into your life and the life of your corps without you ever being aware of it's coming.

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, RALPH said:

My old CSM used to say that many bandsmen dont kneel to pray because of the cost of drycleaning and pressing their uniform............

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, marinus huizinga said:

Halleluya with a full Amen.
Halleluya in a full uniform
in the Service of our
HOLY LORD, working
by HIS SPIRIT only.
Marinus Huizinga
Delfzijl.The Netherlands

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Jude Gotrich said:

Remembering so well hearing from my superiors (in rank only), telling me 'don't just pray about it' and chiding me for not getting busy. I never took their advice - false teaching rang in my spirit from their words. I would add to this: study and accountability of the Word and the true dialogue of worship (content and focus).

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Melanie DeMatteo said:

Amen and amen!

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Stewart michael said:

Very true we need to stop put band and songsters and uniform first we need to get back to back basics having JESUS At the centre before anything else and allow the HOLY SPIRIT TO WORKING IN PEOPLE SEEMS TO BE AFRAID of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT but it's what we need.

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