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Direct from the TC: HQ restructure announcement

23 September 2015

Commissioner James Condon has announced significant changes to the structure of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

Dear Colleagues,

Today marks a significant day in the history of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

Our territory is committed to seeing that every part of our headquarters activities are as effective as possible in supporting frontline mission. To that end, I write to you today to share news that Territorial Policy and Mission Council, supported by General Andre Cox and the International Management Council, has decided on a comprehensive restructure of THQ and DHQ in order to deliver the best possible mission-centric support to the frontline.

The changes we make as part of this restructure will help us to be a stronger, more agile and more innovative Army now and into the future.

Some of the key components of this restructure are:

  • A new vision for DHQ, released from administrative responsibilities to become highly focused on supporting missionally vibrant healthy faith communities within corps, hubs and centres.
  • Consolidating the number of divisions from 7 to 2 in order to facilitate a more consistent, collaborative and team-centric approach to corps and hubs mission support.
  • Significantly increasing the capacity of divisions to come alongside the frontline through the creation of the new Area Officer role.
  • Aligning all frontline social services throughout the territory into a unified Territorial Social Program Department, allowing for significant improvements in strategy, consistency and collaboration.

Increasing the delegation of authority to the frontline, and increasing support available to the frontline, by streamlining the structure for territorial support services such as HR, Property, Finance and CPR.

This is a day of mixed emotions. We have conviction that this is the right move for the future of our territory, but at the same time we are acutely aware that these decisions bring with them considerable pain for some highly valued members of our team.

Our executive team would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of employees and officers throughout DHQs and THQ over many years. We are eternally grateful for the diligence and professionalism that you have displayed in supporting our mission.

As a territory, the coming months will be filled with new opportunities but also with new challenges that we have not faced before.

If The Salvation Army is to become everything that God is inviting us to be, we must be deeply rooted in prayer, overflowing with hope and grace, and committed to transparency, honesty, vulnerability and tremendous love for one another. Each of these things must be true for us now more than ever.

We have created a number of resources to support you through this transition. You can:

I truly believe that the best days of our territory are before us, not behind us. Let us together raise up a Holy roar of fervent prayer as we press forward together into all God has for us to do.

God bless you in Jesus name.

James Condon


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