2017 Summer Mission Team Apps

The World Missions Department is pleased to share that the applications for Summer Mission Team (SMT) 2017 are now available.

  • SMT is a leadership development program which invites young people into a deeper relationship with the Lord through participation in a seven-week team missions experience.
  • SMT is available to applicants ages 18-28. Applicants must be 18 by June 12, 2017.
  • All applications and endorsements/recommendations will be completed online this year at centralmissions.org/smt2017. A completed application will include:
    • Online application
    • Corps Officer Endorsement
    • DYS Endorsement & DC (or Divisional Representative) Endorsement
    • Recommendation #1 – completed by a Teacher or Employer
    • Recommendation #2 – completed by a Spiritual Mentor
    • Recommendation #3 – completed by an adult non-relative who can comment on the applicant’s character, spiritual life and work ethic.
  • It is the responsibility of each applicant to distribute endorsement/recommendation forms and follow up with the World Missions Department to make sure all application materials have been received by the February 22, 2017 deadline.
  • The SMT announcement will be made by Friday, March 3. Team members will need to report for SMT March orientation at THQ in Hoffman Estates from March 17-19.

Happy applying!

Lt. Betsy Clark and the Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk

Hunger is an issue that is very important to Lt. Betsy Clark. She’s walking in the Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk and needs your help.

Your donations will provide assistance for hungry people in the St. Charles community through The Salvation Army Food Pantry and around the world by supporting Church World Service’s life-saving programs. Join with her to work together to solve this global challenge.

You – yes you! – can make a BIG difference. Visit Lt. Clark’s personal page where you can make a secure online donation. Your gift can help save a life! Her personal goal is $200, and her team, The Salvation Army, hopes to raise $2,000!

To visit her personal page, and to make a donation, click here.

Major Merill Powers on the Today Show!

Get ready to pull out the tissues! A few days ago, Major Nancy Powers (Program Development Officer at the Freedom Center) surprised her husband in a huge way. Her husband, Major Merrill, thought they were throwing one of their delicious BBQ open houses for the neighborhood. In reality, the get together was to honor him and his life of service to the broken. The surprise included visits from Hoda from the Today Show, and chef Bobby Flay – one of his heroes – and much more.

After watching that, you have to ask yourself. No matter where you are in life, are you living for the glory of God and the service of others?

To read the original article from the people at the Today Show, click here.

2016 Metro Leadership and Medical Scholarship Apps

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Once again, the Metropolitan Division is delighted to be able to financially support a limited number of college students who are actively involved in corps programming and exhibit leadership potential through our Metro Leadership and Metro Medical Scholarships. One important change on the application is that we will no longer be requiring financial information from each applicant, such as FASFA. If you have any questions regarding this change, please let us know.

The Metro Leadership Scholarship is designed to provide educational funds for Salvation Army soldiers of the Metropolitan Division. Scholarships are available for studies of all undergraduate work, and master’s level graduate work. Scholarships will be awarded by the Metropolitan Scholarship Committee by September 2016.

Applicants must: 

  • Be a soldier of a Metropolitan Corps. 
  • Be an actively involved in Corps and/or community leadership or volunteer service. 
  • Be a full time undergraduate/graduate student at an accredited college/university (details above). 
  • Maintain a minimum undergraduate (C+) 2.5 G.P.A. or a minimum graduate (B) 3.0 G.P.A. in order to be considered for subsequent scholarship awards.

To download the Metro Leadership scholarship application, click here.

The Metro Medical Scholarship program is designed to provide educational funds for Salvation Army soldiers of the Metropolitan Division who are involved in an accredited college medical program. Scholarships are available for studies of all undergraduate and master’s level graduate medical studies. Scholarships will be awarded by the Metropolitan Scholarship Committee by September 2016.

Applicants must: 

  • Be a soldier of a Metropolitan Corps. 
  • Be an actively involved in Corps and/or community leadership or volunteer service. 
  • Be a full time undergraduate/graduate student at an accredited college/university (details above). 
  • Be actively pursuing a degree related to the medical field.

To download the Metro Medical Scholarship application, click here.

New Book By Lecrae

Soon, hip-hop star and anomaly, Lecrae, will release a book on May 3, 2016 titled “Unashamed”. According to the book’s website, “this is the story of one man’s journey to faith and freedom.” To learn more, and to pre-order it, click here.

General Cox Responds to Paris Attacks

Following Friday evening’s terrorist attacks in Paris, The Salvation Army’s world leader General André Cox has written these words to Salvationists and friends. One of the most forceful statements comes at the 2:49 mark:

“There will possibly be strong voices within the public sphere calling for vengeful retribution against those who had nothing to do with these atrocities. In some small way the voice of the Church, of you and I, can call for added grace and care in these days. We can bring light into the gloom.”

In keeping with the prayers we offer at Prayer & Praise Night as a body, let us pray “Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.”

Job Opening: CFOT Middle School Co-Teacher and Youth Group Leader

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The College For Officer Training is looking to hire a new Middle School Co-Teacher and Youth Group Leader! Check out the details below. To apply, head to their website, select “Chicago, IL” under “Search by City/State”, and hit search. It should be the first job to pop up.

Description and Key Duties
This individual will provide age-appropriate after-school care and activities, as well as weekly teen group activities on a weekend night, for middle school children at the College for Officer’s Training.

Some essential functions:

  • Prepare necessary educational and recreational activity materials for weekly lesson plans
  • Enhance their knowledge of child/teen development and behavior through attendance at in-service training, staff orientation, and other opportunities as they present.
  • Assist students with homework assignments, as needed, on a daily basis.
  • Maintain good conduct among the students, both inside the classroom and on field trips, placing a priority on safety. Good social skills and respect for equipment should be instilled and developed in the students.
  • Communicate openly with the Director in regards to issues of discipline, students’ personal needs, health, and any other areas of concern.
  • Plan Teen Group activities for a weekly meeting that will include devotions and activities. The activities could include a variety of service projects, fun outings, educational trips, sports, etc.
  • Transport students to school and activities as needed.

Required Experience and Education
Education – High School Diploma or equivalent.
Experience – One year experience working with pre-teens and teens.
Skills – Have completed or complete a course in Safe From Harm.
Have/obtain an approved driver MVR for Salvation Army vehicles, as well as a valid Sate of Illinois driver’s license.
Have/ obtain CPR training and basic first aid certification.

Additional Information
The Salvation Army is a faith based non-profit organization that has been providing social and spiritual services to communities around the world since 1886.

This position is located at our College For Officer’s Training in Chicago Illinois. It is located in Wrigleyville.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please call 847-294-2166

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (EOE)

Asbury Winter ACCESS Days (January 28-31, 2016)

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Asbury University will be holding Winter ACCESS Days from January 28-31, 2016. This is a great opportunity for juniors and seniors in high school to experience the Asbury community firsthand and we are pleased to share that THQ has offered to take a group of students to this weekend event. Explore majors, attend classes, worship in chapel, meet professors and students and spend the night in a residence hall. The ACCESS schedule will conclude early Friday evening. Immediately following the Admissions-Office sponsored event, The Salvation Army delegates will then have the opportunity to experience The Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) firsthand for the rest of the weekend.

The SASF will provide opportunities to visit the Moulton Memorial Student Center, meet The Salvation Army staff and students, as well as experience fun and fellowship events in Wilmore and the surrounding communities. This portion of the visitation weekend will conclude after Sunday morning worship with the SASF.

You must register to attend this event, so head to their event website and do so now.  Once you have registered, email Barb Higgins completed versions of the attached permission slips. Included with the permission slips is a packet of info you might want to check out as well, such as schedule and FAQ’s.

If you have any questions about the Salvation Army Visit Weekend, please contact the Asbury Visit Coordinator’s office by email or phone (859.858.3511, ext. 2374), or call Barb Higgins at 847.942.0493.