What’s your vision for your place of ministry?


VISION STATEMENT
As Salvationists of the USA Eastern Territory, we commit to transforming communities in the power of Jesus Christ one life at a time.

WHO SHOULD BE INVOLVED?
Everyone! To accomplish the Lord’s plan will require the collaboration and participation of Soldiers, Officers, Employees, Stakeholders, and even communities across the Territory. Our desire is to develop a plan that supports and strengthens frontline ministry, its leaders and soldiers.  As you read through each of the goals, please consider how you personally can own a part of the 20/20 Vision.

WHEN DOES IT BEGIN?
The Vision Plan will begin for Program year 2017/2018 and is designed to provide long term perspective through the year 2020.  Planning should not be a one-time event.  Your 20/20 Vision Plan will become a living document that will help guide your teams for the next several years.  It will be updated annually, but revisited frequently. As you progress through the year, do not be afraid to update your plan as needed.

 

Introduction

There are three priorities which are essential to fulfill the mission: People, Programs and Provisions.  The Lord provides us with valuable provisions to accomplish His work.  He has given us a means of varying programs to reach the masses.  And the Lord has blessed the Army with people to fulfill His work, while continuing to bring thousands of people our way each day.

The Lord has an important path in front of us. “20/20” has been chosen as a theme for the journey ahead. The theme 20/20 is intended to provide clarity of focus for our Ministries and provide a long term perspective through the year 2020.

How can we most effectively focus our efforts to advance the 20/20 Vision? It will require each officer, soldier and friend of the Army to work together to ascertain the areas in individual ministry units and communities where mission is critical.    The 20/20 Vision Plan allows each place of ministry to select their own goals which will build mission.   It provides tools to take a look at where you are now, assess how you are doing in each mission area and then formulate a plan to move forward in your community.   Allowing all Salvationist and friends of the Army to speak into the vision for community brings unity and provides everyone a chance for all to share in God’s work in their community.

We look forward to seeing what new vision, clear focus and exciting opportunities 20/20 Vision brings to your place of ministry.  Most importantly, we are believing that God is going to do amazing work through His people in the coming days.

As Salvationists of the USA Eastern Territory, we commit to transforming communities in the power of Jesus Christ one life at a time.

Commissioner William A. Bamford

Downloads

People, Programs, Provisions:

The Lord has entrusted the Army with great resources and responsibility! In looking to the future, how will those resources be effectively stewarded for maximum Kingdom impact? The Lord has given the Territorial leadership a vision of development and growth for the USA Eastern Territory.  In response to the Lord’s leading, the theme “20/20” has been chosen for the journey ahead. It is intended to provide clarity of focus for ministry.
  • People: The Lord has blessed the Army with people to fulfill His work, while continuing to bring thousands of people our way each day
  • Programs: The Lord has given us a means of varying programs to reach the masses
  • Provisions: The Lord provides us with valuable provisions to accomplish His work

 

PEOPLE

Candidates
Reinforce recruiting, pre-training, and mentoring of quality candidates

Soldiership
Increase efforts to make new soldiers, equipping and empowering for service

Follow-Up
Create local plans for follow-up of all people who come through our doors

Cross-Cultural Ministry
Expand cross-cultural ministry, as indicated by the demographics of our communities

Young Adult and Youth Ministry
Enhance our ministries to young adults and youth

Adult Ministry
Engage adults, providing opportunities for them to be active, growing Christians able to nurture and mentor all generations

Integration of ARC & Corps
Develop intentional steps towards better integration between the ARC & Corps ministries

The Lord has blessed the Army with people to fulfill His work, while continuing to bring thousands of people our way each day.

PROGRAMS

Army Essentials
Promote the Essentials in your place of ministry

Christian Education
Strengthen Christian education through Sunday School, Bible Studies, and other diverse and multi-generational ministries

Impactful Worship
Encourage Spirit-focused, well planned, diverse worship that draws people to God

Music Programs
Reinforce music and creative arts programs

Spiritual Life Development
Enrich opportunities for focus on Spiritual Life Development and discipleship for all people in your place of ministry

Calendar and Events
Review all areas of Calendar and Events, at all levels, aiming to combine and/or simplify gatherings so as not to burden our commands, officers or soldiers while still providing quality development opportunities

Evangelism and Outreach
Develop evangelistic, outreach and ecumenical/community opportunities (e.g. The Whole World Mobilizing, Anti-Trafficking initiatives)

The Lord has given us a means of varying programs to reach the masses.

PROVISIONS

Stewardship
Promote additional tools for teaching corporate and personal stewardship and tithing

World Mission
Enrich the emphasis on World Mission support

Program Incentive
Grow the Program Incentive Fund

Pathway of Hope
Advance funding and support for Pathway of Hope initiatives

Mission Expansion
Extend support for new mission opportunities (e.g. command plants, outposts, new expressions of cultural diversity/ethnic ministries, senior adult ministries/housing)

The Lord provides us with valuable provisions to accomplish His work.