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Feb1MonGeneral André Cox outlines principles of accountability in The Salvation Army. February 1, 2016
In the two articles below, Lt-Colonel Dean Pallant, director of the International Social Justice Commission and international accountability movement coordinator, International Headquarters, and General André Cox explain The Salvation Army's Accountability Movement, which applies to every territory, command and region around the globe.
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Time to Get Moving
by Lt-Colonel Dean Pallant
2016 is going to be a landmark year for The Salvation Army's Accountability Movement. This is the time to encourage every officer, Salvationist, employee and friend to get involved. The Accountability Movement is important because it is an opportunity for people to be renewed by God's Spirit and refocused on God's mission to redeem his world.
First of all, let's be clear about the breadth and scope of the word 'accountability'. Many people think it is just about money. It is much more than that. Accountability is integrally connected to stewardship. We have a responsibility to give account to those who have entrusted us with something. So much of what we hold we do not own. For example, the public trusts the Army with their money, officers trust the Army with our working lives and, most importantly, God has entrusted to the Army the gospel.
For more than two years I have been involved in countless meetings and discussions at IHQ and in many territories about accountability. If meetings could change the Army we would be perfect by now! Having said that, we had to be thorough and detailed to even start to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by The Salvation Army serving in 127 countries.
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Christ's Values Always Central
by General André Cox
Since my election as the General I have been focused on issues relating to accountability. I have spoken about this at the 2014 International Conference of Leaders (ICL) in Singapore, and the keynote address at the General's Consultative Council (GCC) in January 2015 followed this theme. This focus is not something that came as a blinding revelation to me at the 2013 High Council, but is the fruit of things that have preoccupied me for much of my 36 years of service as a Salvation Army officer.
The subjects of accountability and impact measurement were widely discussed at the ICL in 2014 and were indeed a significant focus of that particular conference. The need for accountability was recognised as an urgent priority and endorsed by all the territorial and command leaders present. Since then, things have moved on.
The four main work streams of the Accountability Movement are now well established. Their purpose is to help us strengthen accountability across the worldwide Salvation Army. I must stress that this is something that applies to every territory, command and region around the globe. It is therefore essential that we engage in this journey at all levels. The principles apply to the office of the General right down to the remotest corps or smallest Salvation Army programme.
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Both articles reprinted from The Officer, January/February 2016.