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About Authentic: Commissioning 2016

(excerpt from Central Connection, April 2016)

Salvationists will be spurred to deepen their faith and expand their service during this year’s commissioning weekend,June10-12, 2016. Revolving around the theme, “Authentic,” the meetings will flesh out what it means to have genuine faith and to engage in mission.

The keynote on Friday evening, Authentic Engagement, will begin the mission engagement weekend by exploring what it takes in our modern age to call people to faith in Christ and to make disciples. This compelling meeting will focus on connecting with others and building redemptive relationships. This session and others throughout the weekend will be supported and enriched by the Chicago Staff Band, the Bill Booth Theater Company and the territorial praise band, The Singing Company.

Colonels David and Sharron Hudson will be the guests for the weekend. Colonel David Hudson is the national chief secretary, and Colonel Sharron Hudson is the national secretary for women’s ministries. The Hudsons are known for effectively working with and communicating to young adults.

Saturday morning will feature a session called Authentic Love which will delve into what it means to love our neighbors, whether down the street or across the globe. The World Services Ingathering and dedication of the young adult summer mission teams will be highlighted as people share their stories. Corps which have been especially successful in supporting the Army’s worldwide mission through World Services fundraising also will be featured. Earlier that morning delegates will have the opportunity to support World Services onsite by participating in the 5K walk/run withthe territorial commander.

In the afternoon Salvationists may enjoy fellowship or spend time perusing the exhibit hall featuring Resource Connection, the Territorial Historical Museum and vendors.

Childcare for children up to age 11 will be offered again this year through Corporate Kids. Territorial youth department staff also will hold a devotional time each session.

Delegates will gather for Authentic Worship on Saturday evening. Taking the form of a territorial prayer and praise meeting, this interactive session will usher delegates of all ages into God’s presence. You won’t want to miss this spirit-lifting meeting led by The Singing Company.

Sunday will dawn with Authentic Consecration as cadets of the “Messengers of Light” session are commissioned and ordained as officers. Though the focus will be on cadets, this worship service also will challenge all who attend to a full and unreserved commitment to the cause of Christ. The afternoon session, Authentic Service, will conclude the weekend with a celebratory meeting where new lieutenants receive their first appointments.

Lt. Colonel Paul Smith, territorial secretary for program, shared the aim for the weekend: “Our prayer is that everyone who participates will celebrate, worship and be challenged to draw closer to God and return home with their hearts refreshed and a renewed commitment to do whatever it takes to build redemptive relationships with people who desperately need to know they are loved by God and by us.”

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Special Guests

Colonel David and Sharron Hudson

Sunday Morning Speakers

Colonels David E. and Sharron Hudson have been officers in The Salvation Army for 40 years.  Their education and experience has enabled them to serve effectively in a wide range of ministry settings within The Salvation Army, including corps, divisional, territorial, and national headquarters appointments.

Dave’s personal interests include reading, running, hiking and keeping active.  Sharron’s interests include singing, reading for personal development and being a grandma!

Colonel Dave is currently the National Chief Secretary. Colonel Sharron is the National Secretary for Women’s Ministries and National Representative Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS). National Headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Captain Sujung K. Na

Saturday Morning Speaker

Born in Seoul, Korea, Captain Na was raised in Japan and Taiwan.  Sujung and her husband, Stephen, responded to the calling for service to the underserved international community through The Salvation Army.  Sujung has utilized her life experience and education to lead and serve the diverse congregation at Houston International Corps, one of the largest inter-cultural ministry corps in the Southern Territory.

Sujung is sought after as a teacher and preacher around the country. She is fluent in Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.  She loves to share, in any venue, the love of Jesus Christ for all people.

Dr Soon Chan Rah

Friday Night Speaker

 A nationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Rah serves on the faculty at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.  For Dr. Rah, engaging in urban ministry is a passion. His classes enable students to identify the skills necessary for practicing sociocultural analysis, expanding their understanding of the relationship between the church and the urban setting.  An ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Rah has served on a church-planting team in the Washington, D.C., area, and as campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


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Schedule

Friday

12:00 noon
Retired Officers’ Luncheon+ Ambassador Ballroom

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Onsite Registration and Credentials/Program Distribution for Delegates Inside Star Café

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
5K Run/Walk 2016 Packet Pick Up Radisson Hotel Restaurant Lobby

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Resource Connection and Museum Exhibit Open Celebrity West & Center Ballrooms

5:00 p.m.
Active Officers’ Recognition Dinner+ Ambassador Ballroom

6:30 p.m.
Childcare Registration and Drop Off Armstrong/Beethoven/McCartney/Mozart/Celebrity Circle Lounge/Palace & Paradise Ballrooms/Celebrity East

7:00 p.m. - Until End of Meeting
Childcare for registered children ages 0 to 11 years** Armstrong/Beethoven/McCartney/Mozart/Celebrity Circle Lounge/Palace & Paradise Ballrooms/Celebrity East

7:30 p.m.
Keynote Session: Authentic Engagement* Star Plaza Theatre

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Teen & Young Adult Afterglow (ages 12-29) Location to be Determined 

Saturday

6:30 a.m.
5K Run/Walk for the World 2016 with the Territorial Commander Pruzin Park

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Onsite Registration and Credentials/Program Distribution for Delegates Starbucks Lobby

9:00 a.m. - Until End of Meeting
Childcare for registered children ages 0-11 years** Armstrong/Beethoven/McCartney/Mozart/Celebrity Circle Lounge/Palace & Paradise Ballrooms/Celebrity East

9:30 a.m.
Authentic Love Star Plaza Theatre

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Resource Connection and Museum Exhibit Open Celebrity West & Center Ballrooms

4:30 p.m.
Cadet Academic Recognition & Fellowship of the Silver Star Dinner + Ambassador Ballroom

7:00 p.m. - Until End of Meeting
Childcare for registered children ages 0 to 11 years ** Armstrong/Beethoven/McCartney/Mozart/Celebrity Circle Lounge/Palace & Paradise Ballrooms/Celebrity East

7:00 p.m.
Authentic Worship - This experience will be led by a group of worship leaders from around the territory, supported by a massed worship choir, brass section, visual artist, spoken word artist, dancer, DJ and will include interactive worship stations as well as a devotional from Colonel David Hudson. 

If you are interested in singing in the massed worship choir, please register here

9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Join the Conversation (For Pre-Registered Delegates – (18 & Older) ** Ambassador Ballroom 

Sunday

9:00 a.m. - Until End of Meeting
Childcare for registered children ages 0 to 11 years ** Armstrong/Beethoven/McCartney/Mozart/Celebrity Circle Lounge/Palace & Paradise Ballrooms/Celebrity East

9:30 a.m.
Authentic Consecration - Commissioning and Ordination of the Messengers of Light Session Star Plaza Theatre

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Ticket Window Open Star Plaza Theatre

2:15 p.m.
Authentic Service - Service of Appointments for the Messengers of Light Session* Star Plaza Theatre

4:00 p.m
Reception for New Lieutenants & Unit Commanders+ Celebrity Circle Lounge

+ by invitation only *Ticket required
**available with pre-registration only
Spanish translation provided in general sessions; transmitters available at Balcony Level Door 4