Friday, June 13, 2008


a Biblical thought...
Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. (2 Cor 9:6-7)

a Book thought...
Far too much 'traditional church' has been too much tradition and not enough church. (p282 Wright)
a Dave thought... from The Age
Working in middle management is getting harder and harder. Middle managers say the job now feels more and more like a set of handcuffs for little reward. Various human resources directors have told me that a onetime career goal is now being shunned by the newer generation of workers now entering workplaces. And that's a problem for companies with the impending retirement of baby boomers.

According to the experts, one of the top reasons for dissatisfaction among middle managers includes micromanagement by senior managers and lack of respect. Then you have the problem where middle managers have no authority but all of the accountability.

Our organisation is one of thousands that struggle with middle management. As we have various layers of leadership and a strong hierarchical structure many in the middle layers continue to get frustrated. There is no doubt in the last 10 years there has been many developments in technology, the introduction of HR, and a lot of policy has been put in place, all with good intention to help protect our movement and make the organisation more efficient. However we have ended up creating an environment that mangers thrive in but visionary leaders will continue to find stifling. The environments we create will determine the type of people we attract to work in our movement. So the choice is ours to either free up and attract some free thinkers that I believe can create a new Salvation Army or keep us in chains and watch our visionaries walk out in handcuffs.

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

Would anyone notice they were gone? Would anyone care? Really???

Anonymous said...

I think that we need to be really serious about this situation as we do need vissionaries and many are treated as though they have their hands cuffed behind their backs and they suffer great frustration and not being able to accomplish anything - most eventually walk out and to answer anon ... yes we have noticed they have walked out and we do care.... lets loose the chains and set the vissionaries free

Anonymous said...

We need visionaries as it is vital as all other parts of the Christian body.
However its not just the choice of the organisation, it's also a choice of the individuals. There are thousands of Salvationists in countries where the society and culture oppresses them. Do you see them walking away because they suffer physically, mentally and frustrated? No! They persevere. They believe in God. They are learning patience and they are influencing change a little, not that it is noticeable but it is there. But they don't worry about that. They have their eyes on one person alone and that's keeping them going through the suffering, and the frustrations.

Just an alternate thought.