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Healthy Faith Communities

We believe that true freedom encompasses body, mind and spirit.

We see every expression of The Salvation Army being an environment that encourages the growth of the whole person.

We see more great leaders emerging as part of healthy, empowered teams.

Healthy Faith Communities is about more than just our corps. It’s about every gathering of staff, volunteers, officers and soldiers being a place of encouragement and growth. It’s about every centre being a place where conversations about spirituality and about Jesus are the norm, whilst being inclusive and respectful of our diversity.

We’ll know we are succeeding when:

  • Our faith communities are growing and multiplying
  • Passionate prayer and spirituality is embedded in culture throughout the territory
  • Increasing numbers of highly competent and courageous people are entering leadership roles
  • Empowered team work is the normal leadership model around the territory
  • Our faith communities are financially sustainable through the generosity of local members
  • Innovative expressions of The Salvation Army are emerging regularly 

How you can help

Do you have an idea that could help make a difference in this area? Please leave a comment below and be part of the conversation.

Comments

  1. To see this goal realised I believe we need to establish a culture of Love. Love one another because of the love of God in us and because we love God and He commands us to love one another!

    I believe we should also have some measurable goals to help us know if we are making progress. Here are some:
    o Everyone at every corps in a small group
    o Ephesians 4 five-fold ministry in action: ALL corps to identify Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, Teachers and send in names of each to THQ (for accountability). Then encourage, develop, release people in these Offices.
    o Prayer meetings at EVERY corps
    o Every division have a divisional prayer team (SE&I piloting this now)
    o Every corps to be represented on their divisional prayer team

  2. I'm inspired by local and diverse initiatives that have been estrlished in many parts of our territory.
    Great local initiatives like the first Floor Program at Woolongong Salvos http://salvos.org.au/wollongong/assistance/counselling-and-support-the-first-floor-program/
    The great local work at Number 47 under the banner of Ryde Salvos http://my.salvos.org.au/news/2013/01/25/end-of-an-era-at-number-47/
    The Olive Branch Cafe in the Hunter is another great local initiative
    http://salvos.org.au/oasishunter/cafe/

    There are many local Salvo expressions doing really vital work in diverse settings meeting diverse needs.

    More of this should be encouraged moving forward.
    Empowering leadership has and will continue to unlock the potential of every Salvo expression.

  3. We have leadership upside-down. While ever initiative is rewarded only when it comes from THQ, and programmes are then imposed on Corps and Centres, any talk of empowering officers and workers on the front line is only talk.
    Reward local initiatives, and let local understanding take precedence over "one size must fit all" ideology.

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