2 March 2023

Exploring Leadership Day: 'God really spoke to me'

Cadet Adam Barber

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Cadet Adam Barber explains how Exploring Leadership Day helped confirm his calling.

During my time as West Scotland’s divisional youth specialist, I attended Exploring Leadership Day. I accompanied several young adults who were participating in the Growing Leaders programme.

Although my main focus was making sure the young adults had a positive experience, God really spoke to me during the day and confirmed the calling he had placed on my life. I had never experienced the presence of God in such a tangible way!

Because of this, my wife, Karen, and I, along with our two boys, started to push on doors to see where God was leading. These doors eventually led to William Booth College, where we are now second year cadets and loving every minute … well, nearly!

Exploring Leadership Day is a fantastic opportunity to gather with other Christians and explore the different avenues of leadership available within The Salvation Army. The whole day was thoroughly enjoyable, but I especially enjoyed the morning worship and the afternoon seminars – in particular, one led by a pioneer, a territorial envoy and an officer. It was fascinating to hear about three very different roles where God is using his followers to take part in his mission.

I would encourage anyone – young or old – who is either in leadership or is willing to explore what God might be asking of them to attend this year’s Exploring Leadership Day – you won’t regret it!

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Cadet Adam Barber

William Booth College

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