Thursday, March 12, 2009

CO Appointments

a Biblical thought...
Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.' " Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. (1 Sam 20:42)

a Book thought...
When you become comfortable in your relationship with God, you’ll lose it as comfort is an enemy of faith. (p176)
a Dave thought...
Yesterday was the beginning of our DYs conference which involves 20 of us from around 8 divisions. It was a great day with Phil Laeger leading us in worship and a challenging word from Sandy Crowden on the dangers of leadership. She asked us to consider if we were leading people towards Christ or if we were leading young people to follow us personally.

Later in the day John Cleary shared with us on the topic “The History of The Salvation Army’s YP Work”. We were inspired by the early intentions of our leaders to deliberately lead people towards active participation as soldiers in the movement. This was done through Junior Soldiers and Corps Cadets. It was also interesting to hear how many CO’s were appointed for periods as short as 6 months at a corps. As the corps was lead by the laity the CSM had a prominent role and the success of the corps wasn’t based on the charismatic personality or giftedness of the officer. This emphasised the fact that we were not a congregational church but a missional movement with a global agenda. Maybe short term corps officer appointments, although against current Church Growth trends, will bring us back to a healthier mode of operation.

Just a thought.

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