In Focus

Vision: 2017

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It’s a privilege to serve in this wonderful territory with its dedicated offers, soldiers, employees, and volunteers!

As we move into a new year, we feld it important to focus on the vision we see for the development and growth in this vineyard of The Salvation Army. It is essential to constantly seek God’s face for His leading. In Proverbs 29:18 we read, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (KJV)

God has laid some specific direction on our hearts for the days ahead. Please pray with us for the integrity and efficacy of this ministry. We see a territory…

POISED FOR MINISTRY

We have the needed personnel, programs, and provisions from God to transform this part of the world.

FAITHFUL TO THE GOSPEL–

at each Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), corps, service unit, and social ministries center. We cannot become stagnant. There is room for local vision and “entrepreneurialism.”

LED BY GOD’S SPIRIT–

into the streets of opportunity found in every community. This is our heritage. We want to challenge people to be bold, step out in faith, and to step out the door.

COMMITTED TO PURITY–

in thought, word, and deed. May His Spirit be our barometer and our guide.

Continuing ‘Strikepoint’

Our STRIKEPOINT initiative calls us to go out– May we always be characterized by this spirit, not because of what has been done in the past, but rather by new things now taking place.

Each STRIKEPOINT remains a priority– “Integrated Mission”, “Young Adult Empowerment”, “Skilled Leadership”, and “Deeper Discipleship”. These emphases mesh well with the General’s call for the Army to join in 2017 as “The Whole World Mobilizing”.

We have “Streets of Opportunity” in every community. We are called to walk those streets!

GOALS

THERE ARE PEOPLE!

We (the Army) are aware of how many individuals come through our doors daily. We are blessed. In the coming year, our goals are to:

  • Accept 75 candidates.
  • Enroll 1,000 junior soldiers.
  • Enroll 1,000 senior soldiers.
  • Intentionally follow-up people who come through our doors.
  • Expand cross-cultural ministry as indicated by community demographics.
  • Strengthen our cross-generational ministry, especially services to the aging.
  • Take intentional steps to better integrate ARCs and corps.

THERE ARE PROGRAMS!

We have mainline programs and the materials to go with them. We also have vital non-mainline programs, which we like to call “offline” ministry. These are new ministries that arise to meet a specific need (anti-human trafficking, Others, parents & infant classes, GED instruction, and others). Often the offline programming becomes mainline to meet an ongoing need. Programmatic goals are to:

  • Emphasize Army Essentials.
  • Launch Sunday School Orange materials.
  • Offer quality worship to draw more people.
  • Strengthen our music programs.
  • Sharpen our focus on Spiritual Life Development (SLD) emphasizing a wholeness of the body as well as the soul.
  • Launch in every corps the “Whole World Mobilizing” campaign.

THERE ARE PROVISIONS!

We are blessed with property, financial resources, and a reputation. May God help us to be effective stewards of these resources. Administrative goals for the coming year include:

  • Additional tools for the teaching of stewardship.
  • Strong emphasis on World Missions support.
  • A strengthened Program Incentive Fund for frontline ministry.
  • Increased funding for Pathway of Hope.

These are some of the areas on our hearts as we fervently seek God’s face for the days ahead.

WE MUST:

  • Be open to change that will draw people to the Kingdom.
  • be conscious of the wonderful blessings we already have and expand where and when God leads.
  • Share our beautiful Army heritage. It’s a missional heritage, one of holiness teaching and living. A heritage that “gets it done” in Jesus’ name!

Maintain the purity and integrity God demands, both corporately and individually. We eagerly anticipate your reports of victory. “May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.” (Psalm 20:5)

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