I need to share something that may shock you. The man or woman leading your church is a flawed shepherd. That's right; they are flawed to the core. I'll tell you what I know about it and you can judge for yourself whether what I have to say is true. The man who preaches to you every Sunday, who exhorts you to live as Jesus did, sometimes lives his life in such a way that his actions don't … [Read more...]
Despite their weaknesses, the men and women who lead you in your spiritual walk count it a privilege to grow with you in the ways of holiness
March 25, 2012 by Lieutenant Robert Jeffery 5 Comments
We shouldn’t just wait for the perfect candidate for local officership to walk through the doors of our churches. We need to start developing the people that God has already given us.
June 21, 2011 by Lieutenant Rob Jeffrey 13 Comments
Last year my father, Fred, retired as a corps sergeant major (CSM) after giving over 25 years of service to his home corps. Prior to his enrolment as a CSM in the 1970s, my dad served as a young people’s sergeant major, giving an incredible total of 38 years of ministry as a local officer in The Salvation Army. My dad was many things over the years: a bookkeeper, school teacher, principal, … [Read more...]
An Army that’s disciplined will not only be better at service, but will be a much more accurate reflection of Jesus Christ.
June 3, 2011 by Lieutenant Robert Jeffery 6 Comments
There's a path that's sometimes thorny, There's a narrow way, and straight; It is called the path of duty, And it leads to Heaven's gate. In a recent discussion about the upcoming release of the new Salvation Army Song Book, a colleague of mine said that he hoped the song By the Pathway of Duty wouldn’t be included. Caught by surprise, I listened as he outlined his reasons as to why a song … [Read more...]
We must never let the threat of failure hold us back
January 21, 2011 by Lieutenant Robert Jeffrey 2 Comments
Now that the 17th High Council has convened, a new General will soon be elected to lead our great Movement. Much has been said about the importance of this occasion and all that will take place. War Crys from around the world, Salvation Army websites and blogs are abuzz with talk of the High Council and the makeup of its current membership. All of this excitement will culminate in the final … [Read more...]
The Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles can be a form of prophetic witness
December 1, 2010 by Lieutenant Robert Jeffery 6 Comments
As I write this, we are in the midst of the Christmas kettle season. Kettlemania comes every year in The Salvation Army. If you’re heavily involved in this ministry, chances are by Christmas Eve you’re ready to crawl into bed and not emerge until New Year’s Eve. But when your corps officer or kettle co-ordinator is chasing you around with a sign-up sheet, don’t try to hide. There are many … [Read more...]