“I see a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army of the 21st century, convinced of its calling, on its knees rising up and moving forward together into the world of the broken, lonely and lost; reaching them by all means with Jesus’ transforming message of freedom, hope and life.” General Linda Bond (R), 2011
We're an advancing Army, with healthy faith communities and healthy leaders, doing what we do best.
Together our people will be fully released to use their energies and giftedness in the best possible ways. We envisage simple, manageable initiatives that are true to our DNA and connect our people to what they’ve always loved about The Salvation Army. We see local collaborations of our people, our expressions and the wider community, joining together to re-imagine The Salvation Army in their community.
NSW/ACT Division Framework
Hope Rising is not a new ‘program’ that Divisional Headquarters (DHQ) is asking corps to implement. It’s the exact opposite. It’s a framework for empowering, developing and releasing leaders at the frontline to drive mission to their local community.
Hope Rising is outcome-driven, rather than program-driven. We want to see people celebrating Jesus, having intentional life-giving conversations, and serving their local community. At DHQ, we’re not concerned about what form or structure this takes. We are interested in supporting you to advance the mission rather than policing the form or structure that you use.
Hope Rising is
A journey of renewal
A stripping back of to the Army at its best
A way to advance, not retreat
A way to re-imagine and seek God's best for our area
One challenge we have encountered is that much of our corps language is ‘program’ language. Phrases like ‘Sunday Meeting’, ‘Small Group’, ‘Bible Study’ etc. not only describe an event but they can also convey a pre-determined form or structure that these events are supposed to follow.
To make it clear that we’re not talking about form and program, we’ve created new language for the NSW/ACT Division to describe the kinds of activities that take place in corps. This new language makes it clear that the form, or the structure, is flexible, but the outcome is vital.
There are three new terms for describing corps life, which are explained in greater detail below:
- Gathered Worshipping Communities
- Communities of Hope
- Kingdom Tables
Each is of equal value and valid expressions of corps life. Context will direct the number and type of expressions that exist in each area.
With all expressions, the main focus is ensuring the mission of ‘sharing the love of Jesus’ remains central and is not lost in the delivery.
At the heart of each expression is the focused attention to:
- Share the common vision and commitment to faith, prayer, evangelism and discipleship.
- Create faith pathways which provide opportunity for redemption in Christ that results in a personal transformation that will be:
- Good for you;
- Good for your family; and
- Good for your mission in the world.
The creation of more expressions of corps faith life is not the measure of success. Success is the people of God walking alongside people from the community in mutual relationship, having Jesus conversations.
Gathered Worshipping Community
A Gathered Worshipping Community (GWC) is a Faith Expression of corps life.
Organising principle: The ‘celebration of Jesus’.
Gathering size: 40-4000+ (An assessment must be made as to the viability of this mode of expression as a valid entry point for the community when the numbers engaged are below 40 and the potential for growth is limited.)
Where GWCs meet: The WHERE is not critical.
Focused activity (the WHAT): The celebration of Jesus.
Communities of Hope
A Community of Hope (COH) is a Faith Expression of corps life.
Organising principle: An identified ‘felt need‘.
Gathering size: Not of defining importance – from 4-200+.
Where COHs meet: Open to diverse settings.
Focused activity (the WHAT): Open to diversity. This is the activity that seeks to address the felt need.
The opportunities for establishing Communities of Hope are as broad as your imagination. Illustrated below are a few ideas:
1. Felt need – Lonely and isolated people in local area
Focus activity (WHAT): Wednesday evening community meal.
Location (WHERE): Local community centre.
People group (WHO): Open.
2. Felt need – Lack of support networks for new parents
Focus activity (WHAT): Parents playgroup with focused attention on parenting skills.
Location (WHERE): Local park / TSA hall.
People group (WHO): Parents with toddlers.
3. Felt need – Lots of non-English speaking connections
Focus activity (WHAT): English Conversation Classes.
Location (WHERE): Local library.
People group (WHO): Those whose first language is not English.
A Kingdom Table (KT) is a Faith Expression of corps life.
Organising principle: An ‘intentional life-giving conversation’.
Gathering size: 2-12 people – size is a key contributor in the ability to have intentional conversations.
Where KTs meet: Open to diverse settings.
Focus activity (WHAT stimulates conversation?): Conversation cards.
Location (WHERE): Local cafe.
People group (WHO): Open.
Focus activity (WHAT stimulates conversation?): The Bible.
Location (WHERE): Home setting.
People group (WHO): Followers of Jesus.
Focus activity (WHAT stimulates conversation?): Marriage material.
Location (WHERE): Community hall.
People group (WHO): Married couples.
That's you! You are key to the Hope Rising strategy and the mission of the Army which is why you, the individual, is represented in each of the Hope Rising icons.
Other Key Terms
Common Leadership Communities (CLC): All leaders of Faith Expressions within a Mission Cluster.
Hub: The gathering of all expressions of The Salvation Army in a geographical area.
Jesus Culture (JC): Mutual agreed terms of engagement for a Mission Cluster.
Kingdom Tables (KT): Kingdom Tables (KT) are Faith Expressions of corps life.
Mission Cluster (MC): A Mission Cluster is a gathering of all the Faith Expressions within a determined area.
Senior Leadership Team (SLT): The team responsible for the Mission Cluster journey.
TSA: The Salvation Army