From 27 to 29 April 2018 in Moscow there was a conference called "The harvest is great". Candidates, leaders, program leaders were invited to attend. The main goal of the conference was to help people to see their next level of service and understand how to achieve this.
We have started preparing the conference for a long time and since January, together with Major Inna Khurina and Major Svetlana Sharova, discussed the organization, conduct and many important details of the upcoming event.
About 30 people from all Сommand came to the conference. Everyone already has considerable experience of serving in various ministries. Not only participation in the sessions, but also communication during breaks and in evenings were very useful. During conferense people shared personal testimonies with the real experience of their mistakes and victories in the corps where they came from.
Today, in order to be a servant of the Salvation Army, one must constantly develop oneself and through it develop the ministry and the people participating in it. Much has been said about what stages of development we go through in the ministry, why we sometimes "stuck" or "burn out" at one or another stage. We discussed the barriers and obstacles for development and ways to overcome them. Each session continued with a group discussion, where everyone could share their opinions, ideas and hear the ideas of others in a small group. From the very beginning of the conference we didn't have a goal to show people the right answers and solutions, but to inspire them to seek these solutions for themselves and for the ministry. And most importantly — do not be afraid to embody even the boldest of your ideas into reality. After all, there is plenty of ideas in today's world, but the implementation of these ideas really gives the desired result.
The Cadets Alexander and Julia Krasov also shared their testimony. They joined the second day of the conference and also participated in the discussions. Their participation was a good support. Also in the contests are Major Elena Shulianskaya and Сommanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Kharkov.
At the concluding of the conference on Sunday, we gladly accepted Nanu Shuvarinov from the corps "Elista" as a new soldier. For all participants of the conference, this was a living testimony of the importance of constant commitment to God and His call to serve Him. The sermon of our Сommanding Officer also spoke about this.
The conference came to the end, and the participants left to their corps, but the main chalange of the conference is just beginning to be carried out. Each participant, as well as every officer and leader, will receive letters with a plan for the further development of servise and ministry. And we will try to help them continue to implement the ideas that were received during the conference.
It is possible that this format of the meeting for candidates and soldiers and local officers will be annual. After all, there is a lot of harvest, which means that we need to continue to prepare workers for harvest!