Do you know what The Salvation Army's purpose is? I ask because it's imperative we know why we do what we do. Easily and Accurately Understood I am currently reading Karen Martin's book, Clarity First. She defines clarity as "the quality of being easily and accurately understood". Ambiguity makes any kind of work harder to do. In contrast, having a clear purpose … [Read more...] about What is The Salvation Army’s Purpose?
The Salvation Army Founder's mentality has the power and strategy to help us rediscover our core mission and transform lives from the front line up. This is the third post in a series based on the book, The Founder's Mentality, by Chris Zook and James Allen (Harvard Business Review Press, 2016). You can find the first post here and the second post here. The Power of … [Read more...] about The Power in The Salvation Army Recapturing the Founder’s Mentality
The Salvation Army must regain the shared sense of nobler mission and purpose that animated our founders if we are to recapture our soul. This is the second post in a series based on the book, The Founder's Mentality, by Chris Zook and James Allen (Harvard Business Review Press, 2016). You can find the first post here. Salvation Army Stall Out The Salvation Army in … [Read more...] about Recapturing the Soul of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Doctrines have a huge gap in them. The Soldier's Covenant can plug that gap and help us to live like Christ. The Gap that got me thinking It was this devotional from Richard Rohr that got me thinking. Noting that the Apostles' Creed mentions nothing about Jesus' life and practice, he suggests the Creed has little usefulness for people's daily, … [Read more...] about The Salvation Army Doctrines: A Gap Plugged by the Soldier’s Covenant
What does it mean to be a Salvation Army soldier? Is it to be a follower of Jesus or membership? Or is it a particular way of being God calls us to? A Sense of Confusion? From discussions I've continued to have recently, particularly online, there are some in The Salvation Army who seem confused about it. To be fair to them, my participation in those discussions has … [Read more...] about God Still Calls the Salvation Army Soldier
Are we losing the importance of Salvation Army fellowship? Attendances at large events are dwindling, yet we need to meet together regularly. Salvation Army Fellowship This month (September 2018) has seen a flurry of events where Salvationists have met together to worship and enjoy Salvation Army fellowship. Last weekend (23 September) saw the welcome to the 21st General … [Read more...] about Salvation Army Fellowship: Are We Losing It?
The greatest gift The Salvation Army has to give the world is Salvationists sold out on self denial. The self denial spiritual discipline is a Salvation Army essential. Self Denial is Counter-Cultural Why do I say that? Because it is so counter-cultural, particularly in the west. Our culture is me, me, me. It's about what I want to do, what I want to say and what I want … [Read more...] about Self Denial: The Salvationist’s Most Effective Weapon
Are you a radical follower of Jesus? Does your lifestyle look different to most people? Or does your life look like everyone else's, but with a sprinkling of Jesus on the side? Could Salvation Army soldiership help? What role does The Salvation Army soldier covenant play? Denying Ourselves Jesus told his disciples: Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my … [Read more...] about Salvation Army Soldiership: A Radical Lifestyle
The Salvation Army has recently embarked on a drive for better accountability. The previous General of The Salvation Army, André Cox worked tirelessly to ensure those in our movement - employees, junior and senior soldiers, active and retired officers, adherents, advisory board members, volunteers and friends are more accountable. Spiritual leaders are subject to … [Read more...] about Accountability: It Cuts Both Ways
The Salvation Army's principal purpose is to save souls. We are an Army at war with sin in the world and in our lives. We are called to work tirelessly to win the world for Jesus. General William Booth said: We are a salvation people – this is our speciality – getting saved and keeping saved, and then getting somebody else saved, and then getting saved ourselves more … [Read more...] about Salvation Army – Saved to Save