Family Congress & Commissioning 2013
This June you'll want to join thousands of Salvationists who'll gather in St. Louis, Mo., for the "One Army, One Mission, One Message" Family Congress led by General Linda Bond. Supported by territorial leaders, Commissioner Paul R. and Carol Seiler, the weekend of June 7 - 9, 2013, promises something for everyone in our Central Territory family.
Featuring the three points of the International Vision statement, main meetings will be held in the brilliantly restored, historic Peabody Opera House, now a state-of-the art facility which seats 3,100 people.
Friday night's keynote will speak to our unity and impact as One Army. This inspiring meeting will focus on a Spirit-filled and equipped Army for the 21st Century. "It's looking at how we as an Army are ready to move forward," said Lt. Colonel Paul Smith, territorial program secretary.
In addition to hearing what God has laid on the General's heart and stirring music from the Chicago Staff Band, this meeting will highlight the popular World Services/Self-Denial territorial ingathering and the dedication of the summer mission teams.
Saturday morning, delegates will set their sights on One Mission, in essence how we are being effective in advancing our mission. Awe-inspiring real stories of transformation will showcase the impact we're having in the Midwest.
On Saturday afternoon families may spend quality time together in the heart of the city, Forest Park. Covering approximately 1,300 acres, this beautiful oasis features monuments and museums, the zoo, a network of walking paths and waterways, and areas for many sports.
One Message will be the focus of Saturday evening's meeting which will clearly draw out our privilege to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. You'll be energized again by the General as she shares the international vision for the Army of which you're a part. You'll also be challenged to commit how you will carry the message of Christ and His love to those around you.
Sunday is the capstone of the weekend with the commissioning, ordination and service of appointments for the "Proclaimers of the Resurrection" session. Come and participate in God-glorifying worship and support the 34 new officers as they embark on a life of service.
St. Louis Zoo Promo Video
Friday Night Afterglow Video
Saturday Night Afterglow Video
Friday, June 7th
|9:00 a.m.||Territorial Officers Councils, Opera House+|
|12:30 p.m.||Officers Luncheon with Active Officers Recognition, Hyatt Hotel+|
|1:00 -7:00 p.m.||Resource Connection open|
|4:30 p.m.||Silver Star Dinner/Cadet Recognition+|
|7:30 p.m.||Congress Session I – One Army*|
|9:30 – 10:30 p.m.||Resource Connection open (snack)|
|10:00 p.m.||Teen & Young Adult Afterglow at City Museum (snack)|
Saturday, June 8th
|7:30 a.m.||Breakfast (By interest groups)**|
|9:30 a.m.||Congress Session II – One Mission|
|Noon – 6:30 p.m.||Resource Connection open, Lunch**|
Congress Family Activity at St. Louis Zoo and Forest Park, Lunch**
|5:00 p.m.||Young Adult Soapbox with the General+|
|7:00 p.m.||Congress Session III – One Message*|
|9:30 – 11:00 p.m.||Resource Connection open|
Sunday, June 9
|9:30 a.m.||Commissioning & Ordination of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection Session
and Holiness Meeting
|2:15 p.m.||Service of Appointments*|
+By Invitation *Ticket required **Meal provided with official registration
An Events Consent and Release Form must be completed for each child age 11 and under. If you did not complete this form as part of your registration, please download and complete the form and return it to
The Salvation Army
Community Relations Department
10 W. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016