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Mar2TueUnpacking The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda’s new territorial vision statement. March 2, 2021 by Geoff Moulton
In November 2020, The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory released a vision that will guide the development of a focused strategy in support of our mission over the next decade. Our vision is the sum of many voices; it reflects the aspirations of the more than 3,000 people who provided input into its development.
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Each element of our vision statement was tested against the many officers, employees, volunteers and partners who will ultimately carry it out in their local context. Since its release, many in our Army have asked questions around the unified vision, the steps to achieving our vision and ultimately have pondered the question, What does this vision mean for me?
The role of our vision is to provide direction for our movement, identifying where we are going. It is meant to be aspirational, perhaps even challenging. As our territorial commander, Commissioner Floyd Tidd, said at his 2019 installation ceremony, “If the vision does not intimidate you, it probably insults God.”
The territorial vision statement for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory:
We are an innovative partner, mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities that are just and know the love of Jesus.
The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory is comprised of thousands of people. We are more than an organization; we are a movement of people, a vast army (see Ezekiel 37:10). We are everyone who serves through, worships with, works for, supports and identifies with our Army and our mission as part of a unified movement in Canada and Bermuda. Together, we are The Salvation Army.
Creativity and innovation in service of mission is a hallmark of William Booth’s vision. Facing more challenge in recent times, we have responded by finding new ways of connecting with people, meeting human needs and sharing the love of Jesus. We will boldly build upon our pioneering tradition to best respond to the needs of the communities in which we serve.
To be relevant and effective in fulfilling our mission, we cannot do it on our own. Fostering strong partnerships with others, both internally and externally, working together, is critical to serving the diverse needs of our communities. We need hearts open to a fresh wind of God’s spirit, seeking to join him where he is already at work.
When Bramwell Booth told his father, William Booth, that people were sleeping under bridges, he was instructed that words were not enough. This challenged him to “Do something!” We are called to faith in action. We must be organized, equipped and inspired— ready to live out our mission in the places and streets of our communities.
Our territorial values remind us that we give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. To “share hope” is to promote a spirit of togetherness as we join in solidarity with those we serve. We will come alongside people and communities with respect, compassion and dignity, knowing we are all children of God. Recognizing God is at work in our world, together we discover hope and take bold new steps.
WHEREVER THERE IS HARDSHIP
This is our core mission field. We recognize that anyone can experience times of overwhelming challenge and human need, and we will be with them where they are in those moments.
BUILDING COMMUNITIES THAT ARE JUST
Each of us is a part of a community— where we live, work, worship and share life with others. By living our core values—hope, service, dignity and stewardship—in all that we do, we will be equipped and prepared to contribute toward communities where people can flourish.
KNOW THE LOVE OF JESUS
We know the transformative power of Christ—life is experienced in full when we journey with him. Our work and our lives must continually affirm this truth. Our mission is clear: “The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ.” All that we do supports the fulfilment of this mission.
When our vision is successful, it will invite those connected to our Army to live it out in their communities. We are a people of hope with a strong history on which to build—our vision does just that. The commitments made in our vision statement, aligned with our territorial mission and values, should inspire our Army for mission and position us for growth. Through it all, we place trust in God’s promise to breathe new life into our Army (see Ezekiel 37:5), knowing that he will guide us in the days ahead.
For more background on our territorial vision statement, visit Mobilize2.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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