An army of great possibilities
This Corps Mission Strategy Workshop is a historic moment for The Salvation Army. We are coming “Together With One Accord” to agree on what our key beliefs are, and how to reinforce those beliefs.
I personally believe that the two most critical aspects of who we are as The Salvation Army is to be united in our identity, and united in our purpose.
Who are we? Why do we exist?
We are an army, and we exist to bring the glory of God and salvation to this world. If those are the fundamentals behind what we do, they must be the basis of every decision we make. When every person is united in purpose, that’s when we can actively pursue God’s answer. The legacy of Salvationists from our past should inspire Salvationists today to help create a foundation for Salvationists who will live in the future. May we apply to every situation the same sense of identity and purpose.
This will lead to another Great Awakening, a revival in the Church that will result in a transformed community. We have 329 Salvation Army corps in the USA Eastern Territory. If every one of those corps are united in purpose and mission, they will create a series of awakenings, and something far more impactful. This will come from a disciplined process to revive our churches as we properly disciple people. We will align our heads, hearts, and hands for the same purpose.
Then, we will become active in our communities, and engaged in service activities, as we show others the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. We’ll bring in souls, and disciple them with the skills we ourselves have. As they go out into the community, we will see even more souls saved. That will lead to greater revival and reform.
The Great Awakening will no longer be contained in little pockets of our community, but it will spread beyond them—like fire. History has proven that when such spiritual awakenings happen, they transform society. The USA Eastern Territory is going to play a critical role in awakening America and the world. God is using The Salvation Army to unite churches and communities that are divided.
The future of The Salvation Army is filled with great possibilities. But they are only pipe dreams unless each one of us take seriously what it truly means to be a Salvationist.
—Envoy Steve Bussey