Asbury Hosts Salvation Army Discipleship Conference
February 3, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Salvation Army soldiers and officers from across the U.S. visited Asbury University’s campus last weekend for Growing Saints: a Conference for Salvation Army Discipleship.
Hosted by Asbury University, Growing Saints is a new annual opportunity to encourage active, dynamic discipleship in the Salvation Army. Last weekend’s conference included interactive workshops, breakout sessions, corporate prayer and a keynote address by former Asbury President and retired Salvation Army General Paul A. Rader. Topics under discussion ranged from imagination to youth ministry to the primacy of love in John Wesley’s theology.
Jonathan Raymond ’70, an Asbury alumnus and delegate at the Growing Saints conference, says the conference provided time for attention and reflection on the Great Commission directive to make disciples. Asbury was the ideal host for the conference, Raymond says, because of its longstanding relationship with The Salvation Army.
“Asbury is not only ideally equipped with terrific meeting and dining facilities, media and communication support and an aesthetically lovely campus, but the leadership of the University also has a heart for making disciples and partnering with The Salvation Army,” Raymond said. “I am excited about having an even better Growing Saints conference next year.”
Dr. Nathan Miller, a professor in Asbury’s Music Department who was instrumental in organizing the conference, hopes Growing Saints will be an opportunity for discipleship growth in The Salvation Army as well as an avenue of continued partnership between Asbury and The Salvation Army.
“It was a refreshing weekend and an inspiring time for people to think about growing in their faith and taking that back to their churches and communities,” Miller said. “My hope is that these two organizations will continue to be a resource for each other as we carry the Kingdom of God to the world.”
Nathan Miller is the grandson of Andrew S. Miller, a former national commander of The Salvation Army who attended Asbury in the early 1940s. Andrew Miller was also longtime member of Asbury’s Board of Trustees, and he is the namesake of Asbury’s Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts. Family connections aren’t the only thing Asbury and The Salvation Army have in common, though — Nathan Miller says the relationship is based on a shared mission.
“Asbury and The Salvation Army share a mission to expand God’s kingdom — his love, mercy, justice and grace,” Nathan Miller said. “That’s why there is such a beautiful relationship between them. To put it in a military metaphor, Asbury and The Salvation Army both serve the same Commander.”
To learn more about Salvation Army programs at Asbury, visit: asbury.edu/salvationarmy