Saturday, February 21, 2009

Our Declaration

a Biblical thought...
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:8-9)

a Book thought...
A mark of emotional and spiritual maturity shows up in the extent to which a leader has developed relationships with godly people. (p167)
a Dave thought...
The last couple of days I have been in Geelong working in a small group on the Connecting Forward document. This framework came about after Connections 07 when over 1000 Salvos from across the territory fed back information about who we are and what they hoped we would become. One of the results of these consultations is "Our Declaration" it reads...

We are Salvos whose deepest desire, is to be like Jesus. We are an incarnational, servant people who want to live like Jesus, speak like Jesus, journey with and serve others like Jesus.

We see ourselves as part of belonging communities that embrace others, seeking and believing for God’s wholeness for every person. We are able to build relationships and journey with people because we are present, visible and connected in our communities and in the world.

We build long-term relationships, and like Jesus, we don’t give up on people. We believe we have been saved to serve others and to journey together towards wholeness and becoming complete people.

Like Jesus, our bias is for the poor, but everyone is invited to join with us in our mission. We want to be seen, not simply as another church, but as active Christian agents of change with a particular calling to those who are most disadvantaged and marginalised.

Our membership is diverse and we embrace as ‘Salvos’ all who choose to share the journey with us, and support our mission. We recognise our need to be inclusive and valuing of all generations. We want to support and encourage our young people to lead us in a new charge to re-capture and live out our distinctive calling. We desire to live as genuine disciples – risky, edgy, people for Christ. We are prepared to stand for different values and priorities to mainstream society.

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm really impressed.

What's the plan for this document? I could have used it over the last few weeks on Sundays. We've been discussing what it means to be a 'Salvation Army.'

I wonder if I can relate it to Lent?


salvotim said...

Terrific work! What a wonderful & challenging vision!