Missional hubs presented to Territory
20 December 2011
"Imagine a day when people join us and meet our magnificent Jesus and find freedom from the things that bind their spirit. Well friends, imagination needs feet, it demands action," said Lieut. Colonel Miriam Gluyas, as she presented the Missional Hubs Project at the Officers Council in Sydney last December.
A journey towards united action.
Miriam describes the Hubs missional project as a strategic plan of action;
the strategic fulfilment of “save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity.”
The Hubs project marks a key step for our Territory in bringing our mission priorities into action, and fulfilling our call to be “one army one mission.”
In describing the new action plan, Miriam harks back to the days of The Salvation Army’s founders, William and Catherine Booth, describing it as a contemporary expression of Booths vision set out in the book In Darkest England and the Way Out.
It is our release for this day, for us, in Jesus' ministry manifesto "the spirit of the Lord is upon me..." It is our engagement with our sending God who calls us to go into the world. This is not the latest undertaking of the latest leadership; it is the advancement, permission and resourcing of the grass roots movement the Spirit has been raising up. It's not new - it's the principles of the birth of our movement finding modern day expression.
Four key values
Miriam describes four key values which will inform and direct the Hubs journey.
1. Holistic missional engagement.
The core focus of the Hubs project is holistic mission being undertaken in every expression of The Salvation Army, with every expression focused on leading people on a journey of freedom through action, freedom through community, and ultimately and most importantly freedom through Jesus. “Imagine the day”, says Miriam, “when every Salvationist wakes up and thinks, ‘today I am going to pray for opportunities to do life with people, to share faith in Jesus, and to inspire people to serve alongside me.’”
We will become unified as a movement. Every expression, every service, every place where the Red Shield is seen, every corps, every officer, every soldier, every friend of the Army, unified to see holistic mission released. Corps, centres, Aged Care Plus, Employment Plus, chaplains, Salvo stores etc partnering up and uniting in purpose. Partnering up to see whole cities and regions reached for Jesus. We will also call for unity of the Body of Christ and unity of the community stakeholders to join us as we holistically serve the communities of our missional areas.
The Hubs journey marks a call to bravery. “We will need to be brave in our innovation and creativity, brave in our accountability and relationships, brave in our trust of the Holy Spirit. We can't, but He can!”
“We will need to be strategic,” says Miriam, offering a challenge for The Salvation Army to be strategic in our undertakings, our sacrificial sharing of resources and in our prayers.
Beginning the journey
Nine trial missional hubs will launch in early 2012, paving the way for the future of the project, with the lessons learned from these trials informing the future development.
While acknowledging the important roles of leadership in casting the vision, providing the permission, and releasing resources, Miriam stresses the responsibility of all Salvationists in realising the vision:
Today we must stand and realize the wealth of Kingdom resource that God has blessed us with. We must repent for its days of under-utilization and we must move into the fulfilment of its release for the advancement of theKingdomofGodin our lives, in the lives of our families, our communities, our cities and this nation. One army, one mission, one message - unashamedly about Jesus, compelled by Jesus and focused on freedom through Jesus. That is the heart of the hub missional project. We invite you to join us in the journey; speak it up, pray it in, and believe with us.
Report: Mel Cotton