I arrived Thursday night. Majors Art and Ann Penhale, Territorial Youth Secretaries, for the Salvation Army’s USA Southern Territory welcomed me at the airport to cold Atlanta. Yes, ice-covered streets and walks have made for treacherous driving and walking. THQ was closed Monday through Thursday making for a challenge as the Southern Territory prepared for Friday’s start of the Redemption Conference about to conclude tomorrow.
I presented two workshops on the subject of living on the tension between mission and institution. I also participated this afternoon in the Corps Strategy Track where five corps brought teams to spend several additional sessions to focus on their specific mission.
This evening Hugh Halter, national director of Missio, spoke on the kingdom. And the territorial music group Transmission superb in leading worship. Consummate musicians, yes, gifted in leading us in worship throughout the weekend.

Last night Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. Bob Lupton has been presenting in workshops. Dave Gibbons spoke about the changing world and the importance of creativity in contrast to the plug and play approach in responding to the new opportunities. Lindsay Bailey from SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) has talked to delegates at her table in the Exhibitors Hall, along with Word Made Flesh, Bethany Christian Services, FCS Ministries, the Marin Foundation, and next month’s Mission and Environment Conference being held in Orlando by the Florida Division.

There’s much going on in the Salvation Army down South.