Saturday, 2 November 2013
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
So our young people came up with some interesting ideas for new General, Andre Cox. They come from the "Xplorers" programme for young Salvationists in West Scotland, who are open and willing to follow God's plan for their lives. Who knows, in 40 years time, one of them may be the newly elected General!
'Solve religious disputes between Christians and Muslims, also with different branches of the church.'
'I would have fundraisers to
'I would do meetings on a Sunday: 1 for adults & 1 for kids (so kids don’t get bored). Have more youth fellowships but not just for the young for adults too. Have a suggestion box at the front of church. Have meetings on a Sunday for those who do not normally come to church. Have more fundraisers for church and charity. Build more charity shops. Get more seats for people in church to sit it. Buy more Bibles and hand out to people in the streets who don’t know God. Get special people to spread God’s word to other people. Replace all the broken and dirty flags.'
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
Mission Scotland may be a new concept to you or perhaps you’ve heard of it before. Either way, I’ve thought of some questions which may come to your mind about Mission Scotland and hopefully, in trying to answer them, I’ll give a clear understanding of its purpose and place in The Salvation Army in Scotland.
Question 1: Mission Scotland – What is it?
Mission Scotland is a focus on The Salvation Army in Scotland; it’s a strategic approach to develop the Army’s effectiveness in delivering God’s mission by
Importantly it takes a view of Scotland as a whole and aims to deliver mission together, understanding that there are some things we can do better together, that we are stronger together.
Mission Scotland is delivering God’s mission as outlined in The SA’s purpose statement: ‘To save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity’ together.
The Scotland Office, THQ, Scottish divisions, corps, social centres, other churches and denominations – working together for God’s sake.
Question 2: Mission Scotland – Why do we need it?
Christopher Wright states ( in his book, ‘The Mission of God’s People’
‘It is not so much the case that God has a mission for His Church in the world as that God has a church for His Mission in the world.’
That being the case, there will always be work for God’s Church and the need for us to work more effectively to deliver the outcomes God desires. The Salvation Army in Scotland, in common with The Salvation Army in the rest of the UK and Ireland, has declined in the past years and withdrawn from some areas of Scotland. There are today people getting saved, Christians becoming disciples and impacting their communities where they live and people being served, cared for, encouraged and supported in The Salvation Army and we thank God for that. There are however many, many people who have not yet come home to God, people who need the Lord so we need to be increasingly effective, for their sake and for God’s sake.
Question 3: Mission Scotland – What difference is it going to make?
To focus in on something means bringing all our resources, expertise and concentration to bear on a particular subject or object – Mission Scotland has already borne fruit through the focus on how we might better help people with drug and alcohol addictions.
Three support workers employed in Greenock, Stirling and Falkirk to work in conjunction with Floating Support Services based at Greenock and led by Brian Murphy with a fourth worker planned for North Scotland soon is an outcome of the focus Mission Scotland has given; a centre of excellence dealing with alcohol and drug addictions is the next planned step.
We all are aware of the havoc that addictions can wreak in the lives of those gripped by them and in the lives of those around them. A concentrated focus on this area of work and a willingness to work together to make a difference has resulted in people being rescued and released from the grip of their addiction and given new hope for a decent life – Mission Scotland can make a difference and it needs to!
Question 4: What can I do?
Mission Scotland has the same aims, works for the same outcomes as each division and corps in Scotland.
And don’t forget to give us your feedback and ideas on God’s mission being accomplished in Scotland:
All suggestions, questions and constructive observations are welcome – It’s God’s Mission!
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I thank God for the opportunities to make a difference in the little things of life - a smile or a laugh together, a kind word & a listening ear or even a clean pair of socks!
We should be making disciples – which includes equipping and supporting our people in their weekday lives. Youth and children’s work is critical. And our discipleship should be expressing itself in serving our communities and making the Gospel real in practical ways: Jesus gave some pretty clear direction on this in Matthew 25:34-40.
The Corps Mission Development Plan is a great tool for helping us understand how to pursue the mission in our local setting. Recently I have been involved in preparing some of these plans. Being a great believer in efficiency and re-use, I wondered if Mission Scotland had generated anything we could use in these documents. The answer was “not really”: although it is helpful to be given ideas on headings and priorities, our local response to the mission has to be locally owned, not fed from above.
With God's guidance, we have to work out the way forward, in our own situations – both in the corporate efforts of the fellowship, and also “out there” in the day-to-day lives of Salvationists. So lets all pray for God’s guidance, and work out His mission where he has placed us.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Over the next few weeks various people will be contributing to the blog - all of them are practitioners, they are involved in real ministry, in real settings, in real time.
None of them write regularly for a blog or other publication so style will change from post to post.
We hope you enjoy each post - feel free to comment here on the blog site, through Facebook or through Twitter. Just look for "Salvation Army Mission Scotland".
Monday, 22 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
The battle lines have been redrawn as our country has moved into the late twentieth and then early twenty first century.
As community and society has shifted so must our pioneering be different to the early day.
Marching into the town centre with a brass band may bring a feeling of well being and nostalgic warmth but is it the most effective way of establishing Salvation Army Christian fellowship in 2013 and beyond?
What are the needs of your locality - not where your Corps fellowship meets but where you live? Is this the place for the next area we 'open fire' using not only the weapons of goodwill but the sword of the Spirit?
Thursday, 11 April 2013
We no longer have dormitory hostels, moving towards individual rooms in Lifehouses. A hand out has become a hand up with personal dignity ranking high in terms of how we deal with those who need our assistance. There are challenges that come with this - not least that of funding our ever increasingly costly programmes.
But what is the greater cost? The provision of roof and mattress or the risk of someone dying (and people still do) on the streets of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen?
Within The Salvation Army in Scotland an focus has been given in an aggressive way through providing high quality social ministry which is truly life changing. the work of the Floating Support Service based in Greenock, or the SHIELD project in Aberdeenshire are two great examples of mission and ministry as they enable people with chaotic and addicted lifestyles to remain in their own tenancy.
Our LifeHouses across Scotland provide food shelter and warmth - and spiritual challenge to those who need it.
The meeting Scotland Drug and Alcohol Strategy is ground breaking and life changing and is gaining respect far beyond The Salvation Army.
Add to this the raising of the spiritual bar in all of our social centres and we have a truly life changing social mission as defined in the Mission Scotland Mandate.
How are you and your corps / fellowship involved in serving stuffing humanity?
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Where there is an emphasis only on membership the fellowship is weakened. The roots in Christ are stifled of the nourishment need to grow full bodied healthy Christlike disciples.
From the outset of Mission Scotland is was apparent that in a number of our Corps the emphasis on discipleship had sometimes been lost in the striving to fulfil duty. Duty without depth is a long frustrating path. To help Corps move forwards in this respect all Corps in Scotland have been prompted to work towards - and keep working on a Corps Mission Development Plan. Sme of these are highly developed strategic documents, others provide the parameters within which a Corps is striving to develop.
Almost without exception there is an explicit or implicit focus on discipleship!
Corps that previously knew a lack of corporate and individual focus are beginning to see a deepening in spiritual commitment - often also seeing a growth in numbers as well. And disciples who make disciples belong to growing healthy fellowships.
One of the key thought processes that has been used to this end is Natural Church Development with it's emphasis on balance many Corps are finding this focuses them n be me discipline fellowships not just perpetuating what we have always done for when committed disciples do what they have always done they see surprising results!
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
- emphasising that Community Ministry is a local issue for a local Corps meeting local needs that needs to be resourced in a timely and effective way.
- providing tools so that assesment of local need can be taken and responded to in a professional way.
- providing community welcome packs so that local information can be inserted.
- providing a yearly gathering for those involved in communtiy ministry.
- assessing who is really coming into our buildings and what their real need is.
Most importantly Mission Scotland has focused on the fact that in our community ministry there has to be a clear signpost to other provisions and - most importantly - to spiritual needs based ministry.
People within a community who are transformed individuals see their communities transformed!
Thursday, 21 March 2013
The outcome of this weekend event was an enthusiasm for the gospel to be shared in practical ways and a new impetus given to tradtional forms of ministry and worship, a refocussing on the community efforts towards spiritual ends that were truly transformational and a desire to see expressions of the Salvation Army in different and new areas both geographically and practically.
As time has progressed from that seminal event several things have occurred: a robust and possibly world leading Drug and alcohol strategy has been formulated, research has been carried out into several new areas of ministry and worship across the three Salvation Army Divisions, Childrens and Youth work has gained its own focus group to drive ministry amongst the young forward, Community Ministry is now seen as transformatoional rathet than service providing, an emphasis on disciple development in our traditionally worshipping communities is eident with almost all Scottish Corps having, or working towards a mission development plan.
This blog is intended vey much as a dialogue - to inform and to hear the voice Salvationists and friends. To hear what is happening and to tell the story of the Savation Army in Scotland. Please feel free to comment - appropriately and politely as we move towards possibly the greatest period in the history of the Salvation Army in Scotland...