Getting the best out of mission
Getting the best out of mission
29 November 2018
Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers from around the country (and some from overseas) are gathering in Melbourne for the Still Others Mission Conference to explore social service delivery in a faith-based context.
Cameron Parsell, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the University of Queensland (pictured below left with The Salvation Army’s Marcus Hutchins), opened the conference with a session on “Valuing the practice of faith-based
In speaking on social outcomes and impact measurement, evaluating and reporting, Paul told those gathered that “if you want to make a difference, you need to know if you are, or not”. He said that a look at
“There is more to be done in that area,” he said and outlined a model for measuring outcomes that involves determining what the program is trying to achieve, how will it be achieved and how to measure the outcomes.
Breakout small groups between sessions allowed missional practitioners to discuss the teachings within the context of their own environments.
Workshops after lunch dealt with issues such as partnering with other
John Williams, leader of The Salvation Army’s Soundpoint and Sony Foundation Youth and Community Centre in Queensland, got participants to play the part of either a person needing
The roomful of delegates then had 15 minutes to connect the right service provider with the need. Some responses to that activity were: “I felt very frustrated,” and, “It was overwhelming because there were lots of services, but I didn’t know which one was the right one for me.”
Discussions around partnering with other
The final session focused on Local Mission Delivery, with Local Mission Delivery Model Coordinator, Rod Yule, explaining the role of the Area Leadership Teams. “Local Mission Delivery is the intentional collaboration in
A panel of Area Officers and a Doorways manager (pictured right) spoke about their learnings over the past year in the introduction of the Area Leadership Team model. “I think we have to be careful we don’t have an expectation that everyone will work together really well all the time,” said Major Michael Wright, Area Officer, Metro-West Victoria Division.
“Ideally, for me, down the track there’ll be this other sub-group of leadership teams in a very local area, perhaps in a shire council area where any Salvo expressions will meet together, without being told what to do, they’ll do it because they want to do it and they’ll do it because they can see a need in their area.”
For Trevor Paul, manager of The Salvation Army’s Broken Hill Adults and Families Accommodation and Housing Support Service in western NSW, the Mission Conference has been a wonderful way to meet other Salvation Army personnel in person. “It’s been very informative and great to get together with a fantastic mix of people from Australia-wide to talk about the changes that are happening.”
His colleague Sharryn Matthews said the teaching and discussion had been really encouraging: “What struck me was how big The Salvation Army
Read participants reflections on the Mission Conference.