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Brainstorming to serve our communities better

Brainstorming to serve our communities better

Brainstorming to serve our communities better

7 November 2019

Engaging in the mission and vision of The Salvation Army in the community is the goal of Local Mission Delivery.

By Scott Simpson

Salvos around the country are being encouraged to have their say on what The Salvation Army’s mission in Australia should look like.

Next year, every mission expression of The Salvation Army will be asked to develop a Local Mission Plan. The purpose is to help leaders and their teams work out how they can strategically engage in the mission and vision of the Army, in their local area.

The Salvation Army Secretary for Mission, Lieutenant-Colonel Lyn Edge, has emphasised that the creation of a Local Mission Plan should not be seen solely as the responsibility of leadership within the Army’s various mission expressions. Instead, she wants all Salvos to know that they can be involved.

“I encourage people who would like to contribute to the mission of the Salvos to talk to your corps officer, corps leadership or mission expression leader,” she said.

“We are keen to develop Local Mission Plans that engage the wider Salvos community.”

The intention of the Local Mission Plan is to be a statement of how local teams will work together to better to fulfil the Army’s Mission Statement of, “caring for people, creating faith pathways, building healthy communities and working for justice”, helping to realise the Vision Statement, “to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus”.

In developing a plan, teams will be encouraged to think about how to improve and develop work already being done. This might include new initiatives that a team would like to undertake in the new year, which could mean an intentional decision to end an existing ministry or program.

For more information and to find out how you can be involved, go to salvationarmy.org.au/lmd/resources-collection (scroll down to ‘National Strategy’)

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