“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thessalonians 1:3

Positive, forward motion. The most successful movements in history are those which enable continuous momentum, to ensure the carriage of a vision from its birth to a vision being a lived and totally embraced concept by all.

With all the transformation occurring at The Salvation Army Australia presently – alongside the life-changing and pioneering work we do with Australians every day – the pride in my heart of Salvos seizing God’s vision for our Army in this nation is overflowing. By now, Salvos across Australia have been exposed to the Living our Vision materials. Energised by this new vision and direction, we are now at an exciting juncture in the journey of Australia One. In February we will continue to mobilise our national vision with our six-week Vision Booster campaign.

As we prepare for a brand new year in a couple of weeks, I am nothing but excited. Excited about the momentum we have created and the momentum we are taking forward. The great 21st century leadership thought leader, John Maxwell, says:  “when you have no momentum, even the simplest tasks can seem to be insurmountable problems. But when you have momentum on your side, the future looks bright, obstacles appear small, and trouble seems temporary.”

Fellow Salvos, we have momentum – in abundance. There is so much positive progress that has been achieved and is currently active to align and unite our existing Territories. We have articulated and mobilised our national vision so that every Salvo captures the future direction as one Army in Australia. We have established a clear, long-term strategy of key direction. We have made significant strides to retain and recruit the best and brightest talent to lead our mission force. We have implemented a centralised model to support local mission delivery to make our movement more innovative, missional, equitable and forward thinking.

With this great work behind us, nothing can stop us from moving forward into the future with momentum. But friends, we cannot continue this momentum without faith. Our faith must grow at a steady proportion that allows this solid momentum to be maintained. If our faith grows, our momentum continues and influence expands. It creates an atmosphere where lives are transformed, lives are committed to Christ, and a presence of the Holy Spirit is palpable throughout this great southland. So let us pray together as we end this year and anticipate all that God has in store for the New Year: “greater things, give us faith O Lord we pray, faith for greater things.”

With Christmas Day only one week from now, I encourage you to take time over the Christmas period to rest, relax and revive your hearts and minds so that in 2018 the momentum and hard work of the year past can continue and transform many more lives in the future, with the love of Jesus. To those of you moving between appointments, travelling to celebrate with family and friends, or staying in your community to serve your people, I wish you every blessing for a safe and merry Christmas season.

This will be my last blog for 2017. I look forward to sharing with you again early in the New Year. God bless you each one.

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