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Australia One Update - April 2017

5 April 2017

The April 2017 edition of the Australia One newsletter offers a current overview of progress being made in the unification of the two Australian territories of The Salvation Army:

  • An overview of the steps that will be taken over the next three months, as we move from "business as usual" to "business in transition". 
  • Key prayer points from the Australia One team. 
  • Answers to your frequently asked questions. 

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For more information on Australia One and to read all the announcements visit:
my.salvos.org.au/australiaone

Comments

  1. Hello,
    We have just heard that there has been a decision to have THQ in Melbourne. I respect this decision but am uncertain at the reasoning behind this. I believe God wants to grow the Salvation Army in Australia. I do not believe that shrinking its physical presence in Australia will achieve this. The whole Australia One is a step backward. I work in Sydney and know that I am bias but Sydney is the largest city in Australia and as you decide to move more and more operations away from Sydney, Salvation Army will shrink in Australia. You need to make decisions that will lead to Growth. Do not make decisions because we have had a downturn in numbers attending Corp, less people becoming Soldiers and Officers, Cadet numbers decreasing, Make decisions in faith that give people more and more opportunity to join our Army, not decisions that only save money. Our Lord will increase only if our faith increases. Believe for more do not accommodate for less.
    I have just received a copy of the selection criteria you used for choosing the site as Melbourne. It is obvious that the main concern is financial and the Salvation Army is making decisions not to grow but to survive. Is this God honoring? shouldn't we believe for more not less. Shouldn't we step out and not backwards? I know that it was stated that the people who made the decision was a equal balance from Melbourne and Sydney, but were they people who really know what is going on, on the ground within the offices, with the people we serve. If you move out of Sydney, it may be cheaper, but far less valuable, and much more difficult to move back in. A number of people have asked me why it was decided to move THQ to Melbourne and I have had to be honest and say, I have no idea. The transparency of the Salvation Army has become very muddy. I hate being critical of an organisation that I have grown to love (both worshiping at a Corp and working for) but reducing Australia to one territory does not make sense. We hear leaders talking about Australia One in such glowing terms but the people I talk to are definitely not echoing those sentiments. There are other ways to save money, that do not involve reducing influence. The Lord has grown the Salvation Army in Australia over many years, do not stunt that growth by reducing avenues of service. Australia is growing rapidly, we should be ever more available. It is a very big country and soon there should be a Headquarters in every state, with the International Headquarters remaining in London.

    Bless you

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