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    Mobilize 2.0

    Transformation project to launch new territorial vision and strategic plan. August 4, 2020 by Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd
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    Inspired for Mission


    It was General Albert Orsborn, sixth international leader of The Salvation Army, who wrote about the key attitude he believed we must adopt as we seek to live out our mission: “We have an obligation to inspire.”

    General Orsborn was right—we must inspire others in our witness. But first, we must be inspired by God, by his Spirit. Inspired to catch a fresh vision so we can lead with intent and enthusiasm, pivot to the needs of our community and awaken the core of who we are as Christ followers.

    The last few months have been like no other in more than a century. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everything and everyone on our planet. We’ve all had to adapt, including The Salvation Army. Over these months, we’ve seen the Army respond brilliantly to this new reality and continue to give hope to the communities in which we lead and serve.

    If we can shift so effectively and fluidly due to a public health crisis, can we use this moment to reimagine and transform the operations of our territory? We have seen, again, that we can be an unstoppable force, an inspirational influence on Canadians and Bermudians.

    In the Book of Ezekiel, we learn that transformation begins with the heart and promotes a revived spirit (see Ezekiel 36:26-27). Transformation can overcome whatever obstacle is put in its way and provide a road map to achieve an ultimate goal (see Ezekiel 37:1- 10). Even in the driest valley, new beginnings can emerge. In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis, we can already see traces of a fresh wind of God blowing across our movement.

    These biblical promises in Ezekiel confirm that transformation of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda will require a heart open to a fresh wind of God, and a vision inspired by God for his Army and the communities we lead and serve.

    This fall, our territory will embark on a new project to build capacity in our movement to take it to a new level. As territorial leaders, we are pleased to announce the launch of Mobilize 2.0—Inspired for Mission, Positioned for Growth. Mobilize 2.0 is a transformation program that leads into the development and implementation of a four-year strategic plan for the territory.

    As Salvationists, we have an obligation to inspire. With hearts open to a fresh wind of God’s Spirit, let us be inspired for mission.

    Commissioners Tracey and Floyd TiddCommissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd


    Positioned for Growth

    by Geoff Moulton

    Since its inception, The Salvation Army has known how to adapt to meet the times. Flexibility and relevance are built into our DNA as an Army. We can mobilize wherever, whenever, with a wealth of resources and expertise. This has never been truer than during this pandemic as we reach out to serve others in Jesus’ name.

    Prior to COVID-19, the territory had already embarked on a journey of discovering what God has in store for us next. From the moment of their arrival, our territorial leaders, Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, have encouraged a process of discernment. This has included several steps:

    • travelling across the territory to listen to different Salvationist voices, particularly the “new thing” that God is doing (see Isaiah 42:19);
    • conducting a broad-based territorial survey that asked, “Where is God leading the Army?” (see the results at salvationist.ca/territorialsurvey);
    • engaging Salvationists in 100 Days of Unceasing Prayer and Shared Scripture for 100 ministry units across the territory (see salvationist.ca/100Days), including an opportunity for people to share how God is prompting them.

    The next stage for the territory will involve a program of organizational transformation under the banner Mobilize 2.0—Inspired for Mission, Positioned for Growth. Led by the territorial commander, this program will build on our seven strategic priorities as highlighted through Mobilize—Upward, Outward, Onward.

    This new program will take our planning further to help establish:

    1. A new territorial vision statement in the fall of 2020.
    2. A strategic plan for the territory to be unveiled in 2021.

    Dry Bones Become a Vast Army

    As Commissioner Floyd Tidd notes, “Just changing structures does not guarantee changed outcomes. We cannot make our plans in isolation from God.” For this reason, our territorial leaders have chosen Ezekiel 37 as the theme for this new season of planning. This passage of Scripture reveals Ezekiel’s vision of the children of Israel as a pile of dry bones in the desert that are reassembled and reanimated into a vast army.

    The order of events is significant. Before the “dry bones” in the desert can live, before there can be renewal and rebirth, God makes a promise: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you” (Ezekiel 36:26). God is clearly the author of this transformation.

    Next, the dry bones must be rearranged, and flesh must be put on the bones (see Ezekiel 37:6-8). Transformation requires structural change and the “fleshing out” of concrete strategies and methods.

    Lastly, the bones require “the breath of God” (see Ezekiel 37:9-10). Without it, they are still lifeless. Ezekiel’s vision suggests that revival only happens when we get a fresh wind of God’s Spirit.

    A Path Forward

    “We know what we do and how we do it,” says the territorial commander, “but we need to know where we are going and how to get there. The seven territorial priorities must fit into a strategic plan that gives us a clear path forward to best achieve our new vision and grow our movement.”

    These are just the first steps of the journey. Further surveys and opportunity for input are forthcoming. This is a process that will require us to adapt and learn together. A measure of grace is needed to help us discern together what God is saying.

    Watch Salvationist magazine and Salvationist.ca in the coming months for more information on the “new thing” that God is doing in our territory. Be a part of the vast Army that God is raising up to fight for his glory.

    The Three “Whys”

    To help keep the Mobilize 2.0 program focused, the territory has developed a decision-making framework of three principles—the three “whys”—through which all decisions will be filtered.

    • A Vision-Aligned Strategyintentionally developing and implementing a strategy to deliver a vision for the Canada and Bermuda Territory.

    • A Holistic Mission-Delivery Modelensuring a consistent and shared commitment to understanding where and how we deliver mission.

    • Mission-Fit Processesenabling effective support of our mission delivery.

    Comment

    On Saturday, August 8, 2020, Neil Raymond said:

    The problem with the SA is that a majority of their focus now is on "Social Justice". Jesus did not come to feed, clothe, house, rehabilitated, council anyone. He came to die and pay the penalty for our sins. The SA has become a champion of "causes" eg. Gender equality, reconciliation ( aborigines in Aust, slavery etc. These "causes" are honorable but they have well and truly taken over our "purpose" ....To proclaim the gospel, the preserve the gospel and live the gospel. Once a person is born again the Holy Spirit puts the desire in us to serve mankind whilst casting the seed of the gospel. Thesecdays the social arm of the SA is far removed from the spiritual. Just have a look who is on thee boards of the SA. Just look at the non-christians working in the SA. The decline of people coming to our Lord is breathtaking. Our leaders are responsible by seeking the counsel of the United Nations and implementing their causes within the SA. The bible says that in the last days the church will become "apostate " (people who knew the truth and are deliberately standing aside from it). To be a friend with the world you become an enemy of God. This is very serious my friends. Allow God to remove the veil from your eyes. The world says, "Thank God for the Salvos" Why? Because we have asked them what they want and give it to them. Hence "Social Justice". They come to us in unrighteous condition, get what they want, and leave in an unrighteous condition. In Australia they have a "Red Shield Appeal" a day for collecting from our communities for the SA's work. So it goes like this: Most of the people who are engaged the collecting are from the community. So you have non-christians collecting from non-christians to give to non-christians (a high majority of counsellors, family store employees etc etc) to deal with non-christians. Again, no growth. Please be fervent, my friends, perilous times are well and truly upon us. 2 Timothy 3. Read it. The characteristics of last day people's behaviour mentioned there are frightening. Now look at the verse "they hold to form of Godliness but deny the power thereof". Who holds the form of Godliness? The people within the church. Yes, believe or not, the Salvation Army. Sobering, isn't it. How can we act knowing that these things are upon us? The chorus comes to mind," turn you eyes upon Jesus, look full into His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in His light and Grace. May God open our eyes to His warnings in His wonderful Word.

     

    On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, Concerned said:

    Well, this is not the first time an initiative such as this has been launched. None seem to have had any real effect on the slow but incessant drop in the number of soldiers in our meetings and the overall decline in "corps work" generally. So very many factors that affect this are, of course, outside the Army's control. But there are many that are within the Army's ability to affect and redirect, and it remains to be seen if this initiative will at least staunch the internal bleeding within the ranks before the Army becomes nothing but a well intentioned charity in this territory.Remember the "Volunteers of America"?

    As I have said before, the Army in Canada and Bermuda does a decent job of the "soup" and "soap". It is the "salvation" part that is lacking, as empty pews in our halls, fewer and fewer officers, corps closures and the like emphasize the deficiency.

     

    On Monday, August 3, 2020, Sue Derby said:

    This is very exciting to see! I have been looking for a way to contribute my Corporate communications background and Facilitation skills to the Salvation Army. I would be happy to speak further with you as you determine your specific needs in this endeavour. I have strong SA roots and maintain some close personal connections with various corps, especially my previous home corps of Peterborough. Please let me know how I might best support. Blessings!

     

     

     

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