28 Jul From the National Commander
Whilst Tracey and I are on furlough over the coming weeks, I would like to keep the Australia One conversation flowing by taking the opportunity to introduce some of our new National Secretaries as guest bloggers on the ‘From the National Commander’ blog. It is my great pleasure to welcome to this week’s blog Colonel Julie Campbell, our National Cabinet Secretary for Women’s Ministries and National Gender Equity Advocate.
Commissioner Floyd Tidd.
Today the THQ staff were presented with the Roadmap, an indicative timeline of our transition activities over the next 18 months as we progress on the Australia One journey. The activities outlined within the roadmap will assist us to learn more about the differences in the ways that the various Departments work and give us the opportunity to design the way that we can best serve God and our community together, throughout Australia.
So why are we doing this?
The answer to this question lies in the objectives of the A1 program:
These objectives help us move closer towards our vision for The Salvation Army in Australia:
Wherever there is hardship or injustice
Salvos will live, love and fight
To transform Australia one life at a time
With the love of Jesus
I love hearing the stories of how God is using people to help transform communities, one person at a time, through sharing the love of Jesus in many practical ways. These stories of transformation help keep me focused on why we’re going through this time of transition and of the mission that Jesus has called us to be part of.
Early in His ministry, while teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth Jesus read a passage from Isaiah 61:1 and clearly and courageously declared the fulfilment of this prophecy and His mission.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
– Luke 4:18-19
This is The Salvation Army I want to be part of!
I pray that during this time of transition, uncertainty and challenge as we learn from each other and discover and design the most effective ways to continue God’s mission wherever we are, that we’ll be reminded that we are ‘doing this’ to demonstrate and share the love of Jesus to help others experience His love, freedom and life in its all fullness.