16 Feb Who will go?
Isaiah 6:8 And then I heard the voice of the Master: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
I spoke up, “I’ll go. Send me!” (The Message)
I could feel the excitement, hope and anticipation in the air last weekend as Salvos gathered in Melbourne for a double celebration.
Together we marked the official launch of the Victoria division (consolidating three corps-based divisions into one, with State Social Command Victoria to progressively join throughout this year) and the welcome to the first national intake of Cadets – The Messengers of the Kingdom.
As I sat in my seat I could not help but reflect on the significance of these historic events. They are milestones on our journey towards becoming a national territory.
As we continue on this God-led journey I am praying that we will see many rise up and sign up to leadership within the movement. We need leaders who are sold out to the vision, who will step up to the challenge and the opportunity of leading us in the great days ahead.
Cadet Alice Edge shared her testimony on the weekend. In it she affirmed that she was not called to the job title of officership – but to the job description. It’s an important distinction. We need leaders who are not driven by title or status but who are passionate about the vision and who, like Isaiah in the Old Testament will be prepared to raise their hand and say “I’ll go. Send me!”
It is an incredible time to be a part of The Salvation Army in Australia! Recruitment for officer training, and officer training looks different to what it ever has before – 1+1= New. There are a number of flexible approaches to Officer training in addition to residentially-based training in Melbourne. There are others paths to leadership too, including Aux. Lieutenant service.
God is doing a new thing in The Salvation Army – and continues to call for leaders. Have you asked yourself, ‘What am I doing with the rest of my life?’