In Focus

Skilled Leadership

Maye_Warren_2015“I leave you with the image of the leader with outstretched hands, who chooses a life of downward mobility. It is the image of the praying leader, the vulnerable leader, and the trusting leader.”

— Reflections on Christian Leadership: In the Name of Jesus, by Henri J.M. Nouwen

In the next SAconnects (the magazine), we’ll explore the concept of “Skilled Leadership,” one of the four Strikepoints continued by Commissioner William A. Bamford, territorial commander.

You’ll read the dramatic story of Andy Iorio as he shares an inspiring vision for his life, discovered through the territory’s Lay Leadership Development Bureau (LEAD) Summit.

We’ll also share with you the story of one officer who, after enjoying the euphoria of the International Congress in London, returned to the United States, faced with the task of rebuilding a corps congregation from the ground up. “A good leader is not afraid to take chances,” says Major Doris Gonzalez. “What may start looking imperfect at first, becomes perfect in the eyes of the Lord when it is done in His name.”

Other stories will leave you with leadership images as seen through the eyes of Salvationist students from Houghton College who served in the aftermath of recent storms in Louisiana.

We’ll round out the issue with a multiethnic, multilingual, and multicultural tribute to a beloved divisional leader.

Don’t miss it!

— Warren L. Maye
Editor in Chief

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