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    Top 10 Articles of 2021

    Read our most popular articles of the year. December 30, 2021
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    The Messengers of Grace arrive at CFOT for training in 2019 (Photo: Carson Samson)
    The Messengers of Grace arrive at CFOT for training in 2019 (Photo: Carson Samson)

    These articles were the most-read articles on in 2021.

    10. Family Business
    God’s call to officership brings four cousins to the College for Officer Training.

    Cadet Matthew Rideout, Cadet Joshua Rideout, Cadet Janelle Colbourne and Cadet Kelsie Burford have a few things in common. First, they’re all cadets at the College for Officer Training (CFOT) in Winnipeg— the first three in the Messengers of Reconciliation Session (2020-2022) and Cadet Kelsie in the Messengers of Grace Session (2019-2021). Second, Cadet Matthew and Cadet Joshua are brothers. And third, Cadet Janelle and Cadet Kelsie are their cousins.

    9. Coffee Conversations
    Sharing hope and encouragement, one double-double at a time.

    When Major Morgan Hillier wrote a note of encouragement to a friend—on a Tim Hortons napkin—and then shared a photo on social media, he had no idea how far it would go. Major Morgan shares how his "coffee conversations" are helping others and why he often adds the hashtag #overcomer.

    8. The Big Picture
    Unpacking The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda’s new territorial vision statement.

    A close reading of The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory's new vision statement, which will guide the development of a focused strategy in support of our mission over the next decade.

    7. STRATEGY: The Road Map to Vision
    The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda to release new territorial strategic plan.

    A detailed look at how the territory's new vision will come to life. Our strategic plan is more than a list of priorities; it will set a course of action for our movement. 

    6. From Five to Four
    Salvationists from Newfoundland and Labrador talk about living in the shadow of illness and grief.

    At 18, Andrew Thompson was starting to plan his future, after many years of illness. “He was just a boy trying to get his life back,” says his father, Salvationist Darren Thompson. When he was admitted to the hospital, it seemed like another routine visit. He never came home. The Thompsons share their journey of living in the shadow of illness and grief.

    5. Complete Surrender
    Cadet Patrick Penton had to give up everything to pursue his passion for officership.

    As he boarded a plane to return to Canada after almost 15 years in South Korea, Patrick Penton was giving up a good life—but God was leading him in a new direction. He shares his journey to Salvation Army officership.

    4. New Auxiliary-Lieutenant Program Offers a Path to Full-Time, Non-Officer Service
    What could it look like for you to serve in this way?

    This year, the Canada and Bermuda Territory introduced a new way for Salvationists to serve in full-time ministry in The Salvation Army. Major Deana Zelinsky unpacks what that new path entails.

    3. Why Should We Still Support Salvation Army Bands?
    Seven benefits of this music ministry.

    Are Salvation Army brass bands old-fashioned and outdated? Craig Lewis, territorial secretary for music and gospel arts, offers seven reasons why we should still support this quintessential Army ministry.

    2. Meet the Messengers of Grace
    New officers ready to share the gospel through a pandemic and beyond.

    The Canada and Bermuda Territory welcomed 26 new officers this year. Ahead of their commissioning, the Messengers of Grace reflect on their calling, their ministry during the pandemic and how they have seen God’s grace in their own lives.

    1. What Prevents People From Full Participation in The Salvation Army?
    Learning from the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.

    In January, the Canada and Bermuda Territory launched a survey to ask young adults about life and The Salvation Army. Ben Riche, who attends St. John’s Temple, N.L., responded this way: "Overwhelmingly, the young adults of this territory want to belong to a church that is inclusive and accepting of whosoever comes seeking God’s grace. We want a church where everybody belongs, has a voice and plays an authentic role in the body of Christ."

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