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The Loneliness of Leadership Learning from the life of Moses

Growing Young Leaders

How one division addressed the issue

PLUS: DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES I HAVE A DREAM LEADERSHIP LESSONS FIT FOR PURPOSE

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welcome Thank you for opening up the third edition of Explore. I am convinced that you will be informed and inspired by the range of articles you are about to read.

We have taken as our theme ‘developing leaders’. Our ability to successfully fulfil our mission depends above everything else on the quality of our people and the way they are led. Therefore, in this magazine you will learn more about leadership from people who are leading as you read.

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The cleverest people don’t always make the best leaders. Ability counts, but leadership is grounded in character which is developed through spiritual disciplines, intentional study and reflection mixed with a faith in God that believes nothing done in the name of Christ is insignificant. There is something about these things within the pages of this publication. So then, grab a coffee, find a quiet place to relax and allow God to shape your leadership as you Explore this magazine.

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Contributors: Major Christine Clement, Emma Hawkins, Major Norman Ord, Colonel Rosalie Peddle, Commissioner Bill Rivers, Cadet Mel Scoulding, Lieutenant Josh Selfe, Major Mandy White. Design: www.snapdesigns.co.uk

The Salvation Army is a Christian Church and Registered Charity No. 214779 in England and Wales, SC009359 in Scotland and CHY6399 in the Republic of Ireland

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contents FEATURES

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Fit for Purpose Growing Young Leaders Leadership Lessons I Have a Dream...

TEACHING

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Developing Spiritual Disciplines The Loneliness of Leadership

TESTIMONY

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Josh Selfe Emma Hawkins

REVIEW

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The Divine Mentor

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ritual Disciplines

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eveloping spiritual disciplines has been a lifelong journey for me. Over the years I have learned from the experiences of others who have written much on this subject matter. From their testimonials I have gleaned many insights coupled with heaps of suggestions of how to cultivate and to produce effectiveness in the practice of spiritual disciplines. The lesson that I have learnt early in my walk with God regarding the practice of spiritual disciplines is the fact that they are a ‘must’ for spiritual growth and godly living. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:7: ‘Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness’ (NASB). Eugene Peterson translates it this way in The Message: ‘Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.’ The inspired counsel of Solomon in Proverbs 23:12, ‘Apply your heart to discipline’ (NASB), means that godly people are disciplined people. The freedom to grow in godliness, and express Christ’s character through my own personality, is in large part dependent on a deliberate and intentional cultivation of spiritual disciplines. I am personally engaged in a daily pursuit for holiness, and being constantly engaged in spiritual disciplines has been my lifeline as my relationship with God is renewed, strengthened and enhanced. With all the demands and pressures of life in our 21st-century living I need these spiritual disciplines to keep me safe and secure in Christ as I travel on this spiritual journey. I truly cannot survive without these guiding principles. Developing our spiritual disciplines is not always easy and often we allow the ‘tyranny of the urgent’ to crowd out the things that are vitally important to the spiritual wholeness of our souls. There are passages of time when I am very pleased with my progress and my development, and other times when I fail

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to live up to God’s expectations and find myself seeking the heart and mind of God and allowing his Spirit to renew my inner being and to place my heart and mind (and feet) back on the journey of spiritual disciplines. It is God’s desire that we would all find time in our very busy lives to spend quality time in his presence and then go out and live our lives in a way that proclaims that God so loved the world that he gave his only son, Jesus, to bring love, peace, joy,

The developing and practice of spiritual disciplines is neither another programme nor a short-lived activity that happens twice a year, but it needs to be the way of life for every true follower of Christ. forgiveness and hope to all who would turn their hearts to him. I am a fan of Richard Foster. In his book Celebration of Discipline he wrote: ‘We must not be led to believe that the

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disciplines are only for spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach, or only for contemplatives who devote all their time to prayer and meditation. Far from it. God intends the disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings: people who have jobs, who care for children, who wash dishes and mow lawns. In fact, the disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our relationships with our husband or wife, our brothers and sisters, our friends and neighbours.’ When Richard Foster talks about spiritual disciplines he uses the word ‘celebration’, and that is exactly how I believe God wants us to feel when it comes to our walk of faith and growth in his Kingdom here on earth. While cultivating such disciplines as the practices of prayer, Scripture reflection and meditation, fasting, solitude, serving, evangelism, simplicity, worship, stewardship, journalling, learning, we can by our living and loving demonstrate to the

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world the goodness, mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love of God. As God infuses our lives with incredible joy and peace we can celebrate by living our lives to the full, while at the same time spreading this abundance of God’s love into the lives of others who surround us, our loved ones, our friends and strangers! The psalmist exclaimed, ‘Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting’ (Psalm 126:2 NASV). St Augustine declared, ‘ A Christian should be an alleluia from head to foot.’ Celebration and joy is evident in the lives of those who walk cheerfully over the earth in the power of the Lord and it comes as a result of the abundant life Jesus freely gives to those who ask, those who believe and those who obey. Our attention is no longer focused on ourselves but on the Kingdom of God and how to live our lives so that we may be influential in bringing others into the Kingdom. Spiritual disciplines are not meant to cause us stress but joy, satisfaction, fulfilment and celebration. They are exercises that will strengthen our spiritual endurance on the journey of growth and development. As we mature and grow in our spiritual pilgrimage we’ll see the signposts – joy, peace, kindness – and all the hallmarks of faith that are vital, real, growing and transforming. This is all about Christ’s character becoming etched with ever-increasing depth into our own character. Donald S. Whitney in his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life wrote: ‘The Lord not only expects these disciplines of us, he modelled them for us. He applied his heart to discipline. He disciplined himself

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for the purpose of godliness. And if we are going to be Christlike, we must live as Christ lived.’ Following Jesus simply means learning from him how to arrange my life around activities that enable me to live in the fruit of the Spirit. The developing and practice of spiritual disciplines is neither another programme nor a short-lived activity that happens twice a year, but it needs to be the way of life for every true follower of Christ. As I reflect on my development of spiritual disciplines I recognise that I do excellently in most areas, but there are a couple of disciplines that really need some attention and further developing, and I look forward to working with God as to how best to understand and implement these disciplines in my own personal journey. While there might be a variant in the choosing of the disciplines that we would desire to cultivate and develop

personally, the one thing that is constant is that we do it to bring pleasure and honour to our Creator God. The disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us for his glory. John Ortberg in his book Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People wrote: ‘Disciplined people can do the right thing at the right time in the right way for the right reason.’ Just as the only way to God is through Christ, so the only way to godliness is through the Christ-centred practice of spiritual disciplines. If we are to understand what it means to live in the Kingdom of God and if we are to live out our Kingdom ambition, then we need to be men and women who are totally involved in wise spiritual training under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. Life counts and every moment is an opportunity to be guided by God in how to live life to the full and really make a difference in our world.

Colonel Rosalie Peddle is Territorial Secretary of Women’s Ministries

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Josh Selfe

TESTIMONY

One of my prize possessions is my Venus flytrap. I sometimes coax innocent creatures into the traps and watch one of nature’s most fascinating events take place – the plant eats the insect. I often wonder how a plant ever gets to the stage where it decides it wants to start eating flies. It always leads me to reflect on God’s miraculous design, taking careful consideration over every aspect of the operations of his creation. However, one of God’s interventions that always mystifies me is his calling me to officership. God gave my Venus flytrap its appetite for six-legged meals. In the same way God saw fit to give me an appetite for ministry. The first thing people think of when they see the Venus flytrap is the musical Little Shop of Horrors. It is about a young man who finds a plant which he tends and feeds until it grows bigger and bigger – all the time it begs: ‘Feed me’! This is the best way I can describe my own calling. Somewhere along the line I had picked up a calling from God, and if I’m honest I was so young I couldn’t even tell you how or when the calling came. I guess it’s always been lurking somewhere in the less visited sections of my brain. That was until I started hearing the voice beckon: ‘Feed me!’ I began to feed this small part of my life, this hungry calling. I started taking up more and more responsibilities at my corps. I had frequent visits to the local café to talk about ministry with my officer. All the time this calling was growing and growing and demanding even more to quench its hunger. Eventually I took up a job in a Christian bookshop, and after that I went on the Timothy (now Essential) programme, all the while getting an increasing taste for officership, but continually becoming hungry for more ministry. Clearly the only thing that would satisfy this ravenous vocation of mine was officership itself. I always knew this was the direction in which I was heading and never had any cause to run from that calling. And with every taste of ministry, I was spurred on, ever closer to the life God had planned for me. Eventually I entered the training college, and throughout the time there my calling gorged itself on everything that place had to offer. But by the end of those two years of training and preparation I was hungrier than ever, knowing that this journey of some ten years was nearing its conclusion. It wasn’t covenant day, commissioning, or my installation at Leytonstone Corps that satisfied the hunger of my hungry vocation, but rather when I began to live a life that God had built me for. This was the life of servitude and ministry in his name and in his strength. The day after my welcome Sunday I was performing a funeral. Soon I was visiting people with deep pastoral needs, I was doing the corps books, leading meetings, preaching the gospel, studying Scriptures, talking Christ with people, and although these things were hard I was blessed enough to be performing the task that God had prepared me for. Now the hungry vocation sits satisfied in my heart. No more ‘feed me’s and no more appetite. That’s not to say that I feel I’ve arrived; my vocation still guides and anchors me to my officer’s covenant. It still reminds me that not only have I chosen to follow that vocation, but also that God had first chosen to lay that vocation in my heart. This is the greatest comfort and reassurance to me, knowing that God had directed me all the way and that it’s in his strength that I can do this. In the same way that Venus flytrap could not have simply evolved to eat insects by itself, but rather was designed by God to do so, so also I could not have ever become a minister of the gospel without God laying a vocation on me, and more importantly, giving me the strength to fulfil that vocation. Lieutenant Josh Selfe along with his wife Daphne are the corps officers at the Leytsonstone Corps in the London Central Division

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[ Words: Norman Ord ]

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e live in exciting days at William Booth College! On Monday 8 November 2009, the contractors officially moved on site and started their work. What began several years ago as a process of assessing and determining how the United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland Territory might best provide a suitable and appropriate setting for the training of cadets and the ongoing learning and development of officers, employees and volunteers, has reached the point where a large part of the Denmark Hill campus is now being refurbished to a standard of accommodation, offices and teaching facilities that will serve the college effectively for the years ahead. The significance of this project should not be underestimated; this is the single largest building project in the territory since the college was first built 80 years ago. The work entails the following: • residential accommodation to provide flats for 100 cadets as well as 40 en-suite rooms for distance-learning cadets and those attending courses provided by the School for In-Service Training and Development • a new hub and prayer room at the heart of the college, linking the administration and teaching building with the assembly hall. The hub – clad in glass and copper, overlooking

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newly landscaped gardens – will act as a place for informal gathering • classrooms with the latest technological provision, including online streaming • an extended and re-configured library • wireless internet provision throughout the campus • a refurbished dining room with new kitchen and servery • new nursery and children’s club rooms • redecorated assembly hall with new audiovisual and sound system • a gymnasium with changing rooms • refurbished offices In addition, the administration building will accommodate the International Heritage Centre, which will host both exhibition and research facilities. The overall time frame for this project is 24 months, though completed parts of the project will become available to the college in stages. We anticipate, for example, having access to the new dining and children’s facilities and some of the residential blocks in the Autumn of 2010. Throughout the building works, the college continues to fulfil all its training commitments, operating sensibly and effectively around the challenges of living and working in the midst of a building site. This most significant project offers the exciting

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FEATURES prospect for William Booth College to serve The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 21st Century, with facilities that are fit for purpose. The investment being made to enable such training and development provision in the years to come is a strong statement of the territory’s desire to identify, prepare and equip personnel for the mission of God in present and future generations. This is a powerful vision, and my prayer is that this will capture the imagination of many as to the part God is calling them to play in his Kingdom work. And to him be the glory in all things!

Major Norman Ord is Principal of the William Booth College

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n 2006 within the West Midlands Division there was a real dearth of people committing themselves to leadership within the corps and to officership. I didn’t (and still don’t) believe that God had stopped calling leaders, nor did I believe people were necessarily being disobedient to God’s voice, rather they were unable to hear what God was saying to them. So after a number of months of prayer I literally stumbled across the CPAS Growing Leaders Course, fantastic biblical teaching material that only cost £60 – bargain! This material has been used by God to change the direction of individual lives and to open the ears and hearts of people within this division.

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The purpose of Growing Leaders is to develop Christian leaders for the church of the twenty-first century who are: • Dependent on the grace of God, confident about who they are in Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit • Clear about their unique call and consistent in living it out • Serving the church with lives modelled on the servant character of Jesus • Passionately committed to evangelism • Skilled and competent to lead at a time of great challenge and change. Initially I began working with the 1830 age group, those who were open to seeing where God wanted them to serve. This course was run over one residential weekend and three Saturdays. Two of those who completed the training then went on to help me to establish Young Leaders, a three-year training programme one residential weekend per year for young people aged 15-18 years. These young people were identified by their corps officers as having leadership

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FEATURES potential. Funding was secured from the DHQ training budget, corps sponsorship and participants themselves. Below are comments from some of the 12 young people who completed the course: James Stone-Fewings (19 years) Before going on the course I would always try to shy away from tasks and leadership roles that I was asked to do, believing that there were other people better suited to the task. The course has helped me to embrace tasks that God requires me to do with a real sense of enthusiasm and not to worry what people say. Through Young Leaders and by spending time in prayer and reflection with God, I’ve been able to identify God’s calling and the way he plans for me to go. I now feel more mature both in my actions and my faith. The course has also helped create and strengthen my friendship bonds and has provided me with a support network of both leaders and friends who, by being an immense source of strength and keeping me focused on the goal, help me through any rough patches that I encounter.

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Ella White (19 years) Young Leaders has taught me that leadership involves a calling from God, and even though we may not believe we are capable, through God’s strength we can do anything. This was a huge encouragement to me. Even though I do not know what God’s calling is for my life, I know that whatever he has planned for me, and with everything I have learnt, I will be ready to put it into practice and be the best I can be…

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Luke Weston (19 years) Before I even went to Young Leaders I had a passion for music. During the first weekend we looked at our gifts, passions and skills and I found mine were related to music. I felt God wanted me to be involved in the band at my corps, and I was given an opportunity to help with the corps band. In the second year the teaching began to fan the flame lit during the first year. I definitely knew that music was what God wanted me to do. Over these three years I have gained more experience and have now become deputy bandmaster. This is a real thanks to God for giving me the talents and gifts I need to serve him.

Laura Perkin (19 years) I have learnt that as a leader I need to have humility. By this I mean agreeing with God about who I am and having the absence of comparison. Travelling along the road as a leader will be hard, and affirmation of the job that I am doing will not come regularly, as we may not always see the outcomes of our leadership. So we need to enjoy the journey that we are on and not look for the end goal.

Ruth Sharman (17 years) Young Leaders helped me to deepen my relationship with God. I have also realised that God has given me the gift of leadership and that he values me so much to trust me to help bring people to him!

Alex Davies (19 years) Through Young Leaders God showed me exactly what I had to offer. I discovered my spiritual gifts, my leadership style and where I fit into a team. I also learnt to let go and leave behind those things which were preventing me from becoming an effective leader, and the course showed me how to cope with some of the responsibilities and pressures involved in leadership.

Working with these young people is a continued source of blessing and inspiration. The privilege of sharing their leadership journey as they strive ‘to be led more by Jesus, to lead more like Jesus and to lead more to Jesus’ is so exciting. Watching them fulfil leadership responsibility within the divisional youth groups, delivering children’s programmes alongside the Divisional Children’s Officer, leading within their corps and their schools, assures me that The Salvation Army not only has a present but a future. As for the young people themselves I am ‘confident of this, that he who began a good work in [them] will carry it on to completion’ (Philippians 1:6, NIV). Major Mandy White has a number of responsibilities in the West Midlands Division including looking after candidates and young people

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ike most Christians, I am well aware of the benefits that come from the time I spend with God. Daily study of Scripture combined with prayer allows me to learn more about the God I worship and gives me the strength and encouragement I so often need. It is in this quiet time that I can receive so much. It’s all the more surprising, then, that my daily devotional time is too often the first casualty when my time becomes pressured and I begin to feel the strain! Over the years I have tried a number of different aids and programmes to firmly and finally establish this daily discipline and to make the most of this precious time, with varying degrees of success. Bible study and devotional notes can be helpful, but there are so many varieties available that it can often be difficult to find the kind that suits you best. Some are too short, some too long, others obscure and some are just twee! Likewise, some of the ‘Bible in a year’ plans that I have tried have given me such long passages to consider that my attention wanders, and I become more concerned with getting to the end of the reading than digesting what the Scripture is telling me! It was therefore with great anticipation that I approached Wayne Cordeiro’s book, The Divine Mentor. From the outset, Wayne explains that his is not another programme, but a way of life, a daily encounter where God is revealed through the experiences of the Bible characters we know so well. Their personalities and situations resonate with us, and by really getting to know them as we do our everyday friends, we can understand their fears, faults and failings and learn from their successes and mistakes. Through the human traits that made Gideon fear he was too small, and made Martha angry that she was working while her sister knelt at Jesus’ feet, God has something to say to us.

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The title comes from that picture of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus to learn from him, and the book describes a simple method which allows Scripture to speak directly into our hearts. Without commentary or someone else’s thoughts on a passage, the suggestion is to turn to Scripture, allowing that to speak to us, and then to apply it to ourselves. The emphasis is on expecting God to speak through his word, seeking the ‘fresh bread’ we need each day. For most of us, devotional time is intensely private and individual, yet through lively anecdotes and testimony the book describes how effectively this time can be shared. Discussion of what has jumped out from the text and consideration of what that means can deepen understanding, and the resulting individual journal of thoughts, observations and applications allows us to ponder further on insights received. Wayne’s testimony is that his own spirit and ministry has been revived and renewed by what he has learned. Hints and tips on setting up your study, such as combining it with an activity you enjoy enough to make time for each day (Wayne’s is a visit to the coffee shop), make this a practical book as well as an interesting one! I can’t fit (or afford) a daily visit to the coffee shop, but having started the programme a few weeks ago I can honestly say that my devotional time has become something that I really look forward to and enjoy. I’m already noticing specific themes that God is bringing to my attention – there’s obviously much learning needed for this ‘work in progress’!

Cadet Mel Scoulding is married to Steve and is in her first year of officer training at the William Booth College

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The Loneliness ofLeadership [ Words: Christine Clement ]

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t has been said that if Moses had not existed it would be necessary to invent him. Moses was a great leader and a good case study when looking at developing strategies to cope with the loneliness of leadership. Leadership can isolate a person, whether they are single or, like Moses, surrounded by the Children of Israel.

Ability Moses had ability. His upbringing made him an ideal candidate to lead God’s people. He had been nurtured in the Jewish faith by his nursemaid mother (see Exodus 2:1–9) and was raised as a prince in the Egyptian court. What instruction Egyptian princes received is unclear, but Moses became a man of authority, a leader whom God then used to speak to Pharaoh and to galvanise the flight of the Hebrews when the time came. First strategy: Believe that God has given you the ability for the task.

Alone and apart Moses had to run from Egypt (see Exodus 2:11–15) yet this became part of his preparation for leadership. While in Midian he met and married Zipporah and acquired a wise father-in-law – Jethro. When Moses was on the far side of the desert looking after Jethro’s sheep he had an awesome encounter with God through the burning bush. If Moses had been with a crowd of people, would he have become aware of God in the same way? We don’t know. We do know that this was probably no accident – God would have chosen his moment. In Jesus’ ministry he often took time to be alone with his Father and we know he invited his disciples to ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’ (Mark 6:31). These moments are necessary for the leader. Evelyn Underhill writes: ‘When you pray, go into a room by

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yourself and shut the door… Shut the door. It is an extraordinarily difficult thing to do. Nearly everyone pulls it to and leaves it slightly ajar so that a whistling draught comes in from the outer world, with reminders of all the worries, interests, conflicts, joys and sorrows of daily life. ‘But Christ said shut and he meant shut. A complete barrier deliberately set up, with you on one side alone with God and everything else without exception on the other side. The voice of God is very gentle; we cannot hear it if we let other voices compete. It is no use at all to enter that room, that inner sanctuary, clutching the daily paper, the reports of all the societies you support, your engagement book and a large bundle of personal correspondence. All these must be left outside.’

Leadership can isolate a person, whether they are single or, like Moses, surrounded by the Children of Israel. I’ve laboured this a bit, because every Christian will spend time with God, but my second strategy is: Time with God is absolutely essential.

Assurance Despite the ability Moses possessed, he didn’t believe he had the ability to do what God called him to. He asks: ‘Who am I, that I should go?’ (Exodus 3:11). God says to Moses and to those in leadership who may be overwhelmed by the responsibility: ‘I will be with you’ (v12). Moses says he has no authority, but God instructs him to use the authority of his name: ‘I AM has sent me to you’ (v14). This same assurance Jesus gave to his disciples when issuing the Great Commission: ‘And surely I am with

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you always, to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20). My third strategy is to be assured: If it’s God’s work, he will be with you.

Action Effective leadership needs action. When Moses and the Israelites run from Pharaoh they come to a point where the Red Sea is in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them. There is a time for prayer, but now it was time for action: ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on”’ (Exodus 14:15). The situation dictated the need to move and move now! We can sometimes spend too long planning and miss the opportunity that God has opened for us – we haven’t enough people; we cannot afford it; we’re too old; they’re too young. There is a time to listen to God and get moving. Secondly, to take action sometimes requires the help of others. Exodus records a battle between the Israelites and Amalakites. Moses was a bit old for the fighting but promised to stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in his hands. When Moses held up his hands the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands the Amalekites had the advantage. So when Moses’ hands grew tired Aaron and Hur found a stone for Moses to sit on and supported him so that his hands remained steady until sunset and the battle was won (see Exodus 17). God’s people are still engaged in a battle, albeit against the ‘powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil’ (Ephesians 6:12). My fourth strategy is: Do what is needed but know when to accept help from other people.

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agree with you, and because you are the leader demands may sometimes seem unreasonable. This was so for Moses. Wise old Jethro says to him: ‘“Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you… select capable men from all the people… That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said’ (see Exodus 18:19–24). The fifth strategy which is akin to accepting help is to find someone with whom you can share things – a mentor in whom you have confidence – to listen, to advise and to help you carry out your responsibilities. Moses was married with a family but it needed more than sharing with family members to help bear the burden of leadership. You’ll notice that while it was Jethro’s advice to find people to help stand the strain, he then returned to his home so was not himself one of Moses’ burden bearers.

And finally… I opened with the suggestion that if Moses hadn’t existed we would have had to invent him because we learn so many leadership lessons from him. One final lesson for leaders is this: Moses himself never entered the Promised Land. God has given you all you need to lead – never forget that. Your success is God’s success – give him the glory and remain content with having done what you were asked to do.

Major Christine Clement is Editor-inchief and publishing secretary.

Which brings me to my last point. You are the leader but not everyone will

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Leadersh ip Lessons

We asked a number of leaders within The Salvation Army the following question:

What is the most important leadership lesson you have ever learnt? We received the following replies...

en I do It‘s not just about what I do, butg wh nin when to act it – there is a real skill in discerbac and when to hold k. Major Inga Longmore

‘In our first year of officership someone advised us not to take criticism personally. This has really helped – they may not like a particular decision or action, but it doesn’t mean they don’t like me!’ Major Beverley McCombe [ 18 ]

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‘ The most important lesson is mos likely the one that a leader is learnint in the here and now. For me at th g moment it’s best summed up by e Winston Churchill when he said, “Never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up!”’ Russell Rook

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de and be ‘It is critical to put assumptions asimu com nications proactive and intentional in my eni and active in my list ng.’

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‘Listen, watch, act.’

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‘I am discovering more and more the benefit of developing a reflective approach, regularly stepping back and reviewing in order to maintain clear focus.’ Major Norman Ord

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‘Leadership is about love and power. Its not power over people, but it is about nurturing the love and power of the people you are serving alongside. It starts with listening, asks what can we do together, and then moves into action.’ Andrew Grinnell

issue do an h it w d te on fr n co ‘When yourself e iv G . ly te ia ed m im not react t, and then ec fl re d an y ra p o t e tim tation on fr n co r fo s ok lo e on act. No ont, and act, fr n co st u m s er ad le but grace of e h t y b e on d e b st u but all m the Lord.’ Lieut-Colonel George

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Emma Hawkins

TESTIMONY

My journey with God started young. Being an officers’ child my experience of corps life varied from place to place. We moved to London when I was ten, and suddenly the world was different! The environment we were in, the other children at school and the people at Nunhead Corps opened my eyes to the rest of the world. But this was just the beginning. It was during an ordinary meeting just three years later, when the officer leading said something that decided the direction of my life. ‘Some of you will become Salvation Army officers.’ And that still, not so soft voice in my head said, ‘And that’ll be you.’ For years I never spoke about it, thinking myself too young. However, opportunities were given to me throughout my teenage years that confirmed God’s call to me to be in full-time leadership within The Salvation Army. Through the prayers and support of friends, I finally acknowledged to others what God had said when I was 17 and looking towards university. Knowing the direction he wanted me in, but wanting more experience, I decided I would apply to university to do Speech and Language Therapy. If God didn’t want me there, he would close the door. Not only did he open the door, he practically shoved me in! I am now in year three of a four-year course, and despite the intensity of lectures, coursework, placements and being President of the Christian Union, I am really enjoying it. There are four people who have become my best friends, and since the first cup of coffee in week one, these relationships have been my priority. None would profess to having faith, but all are inquisitive, interested in the goings on of Church life, but more importantly, of God’s work in my life. They know being a Christian is not about having an easier life, but about a relationship with God that sees you through the tough times as well as the good. My hope is that in the coming months and years, I can show them he loves them, and has a plan for their lives, just like mine. I have been part of Penge Corps for nearly five years now, and I know I am where God wants me. We have a youth group who are deeply searching for God’s plan, peace and presence. Over the last 18 months it has been my privilege to journey alongside these young people. We have followed the Youth Alpha course, explored the Salvation Army doctrines and the life of Jesus, at the same time as having a lot of fun and fellowship. These young people inspire me every week – from setting the example of sharing their faith with school friends, to having fun no matter what else you have to do. Last summer I was privileged to spend a month in Zambia on International Development’s Journey programme. As I left I was shocked by the number of the youth who told me that not only would they be praying for me while I was away, but they had been since they found out I was going, three months previously. During the visit to Zambia I met people I will never forget. Esther and Knife are two of these people. Aged 70 and 80 respectively they look after their 27 grandchildren because seven of their eight children have died of HIV/Aids. At Chikankata Hospital I met staff who live and work by faith. They run out of essential medical supplies often, and so just have to keep going with what they have left. My whole experience was full of God’s presence, overflowing from each person I met. Whilst in Zambia I made a fresh commitment to God, promising to tell others what I have experienced of him, and looking beyond ‘my world’ to where his heart is. I will go wherever he wants me, doing what he asks of me, in his strength alone. Emma Hawkins is a solider at Penge Corps

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Exploring Leadership Day

10.00am – 5.30pm Sunday 27th March 2011 William Booth College

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Lieut-Colonels Alan and Alison Burns

‘But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.’

Mark 4:20 The Message

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DREAM! DRE DREAM! No, that’s not a word of encouragement to go to sleep! Or a cue for you to burst into song! Rather to sit back, to relax in God’s presence and to ‘contemplate’, to ‘think big’, to ‘consider how you would like things to be’. Martin Luther King was a dreamer. His dream was that injustice, oppression and racial discrimination would be overthrown in his land and that freedom and equality for mankind would be the order of the day. Martin Luther King, as a Christian leader, allowed God to shape his dream and over time that dream began to be realised. In Mark chapter 4 we read the parable of the sower and the seed. The sower is God, the seed is his word and the ground that it falls on is the ears of the people. In The Message paraphrase the final verse of this parable says this: ‘But the seed planted

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in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams” (v20). As a leader or potential leader within The Salvation Army, what is your wildest dream for your corps, your ministry, our movement, the Church as a whole, this land of ours? When we hear the word and embrace it, our actions, our thoughts and even our dreams cannot help but become Godshaped. Like Martin Luther King we will dream in line with God, and in time we will reap the harvest. So continue to listen to the word. Embrace it, and at the same time DREAM.

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EAM! DREAM! DREAM on! You’re never too young or too old to DREAM dreams. We encourage you to read the article on page 26 by Commissioner Bill Rivers. His DREAM is crystal clear. He’s living his DREAM. And ‘a harvest beyond his wildest dreams’ is being produced! Let’s get personal for a moment. What is your DREAM? Has it been formulating for a while? Or have you just woken up to it? Why not let us know? Email us at beahero@salvationarmy.org.uk.

DREAM on and on! As you will see from the advert, our Exploring Leadership Day is called DREAM. Join us on Sunday 27 March 2011 at the William Booth College for this special

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day, and together with our special guests Lieutenant-Colonels Alan and Alison Burns let’s DREAM the impossible dream. The day will consist of worship, Bible teaching, seminars, good food and a chance to share with like-minded people. School-aged children can be catered for in our Kidzones where they too will enter into the theme for the day.

This is a free event – but to be eligible to attend you need to be over 18 and interested in spiritual leadership. Booking forms will be available from the Candidates Unit from October 2010, or you can book online at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/exploringleadership. Booking forms need to arrive at the Candidates Unit before Tuesday 1 March 2011.

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t is now over four years since I commenced my street chaplaincy ministry in Penge and every week I am confirmed in my thinking that there is pain on the High Street – pain that can only be addressed by Christ the healer and ‘helper of men in their time of need’. My visit to Mem’s hairdressers is always quite exciting. The young hairdressers are all of the Muslim faith and this results in some interesting conversations. For instance, when I was having my hair cut recently the young Muslim hairdresser asked me why we have changed the Old Testament Scriptures. He said, ‘The Old Testament definitely says we should not eat pig because it is unclean.’ I then related the story of Peter’s vision when he was told not to consider as unclean anything that God had made. My friend was unconvinced. On a previous visit I found that one of the young barbers was sitting down and unable to do his work because of a severe migraine. Then – surprise, surprise – he asked if I would pray with him and bring some healing. What a challenge! There were no customers in the shop, so the other three young barbers gathered around their friend while I prayed a prayer for healing. In fact, to my amazement, the youngest of the barbers stretched out his hand and laid it on the shoulder of his mate and kept it there whilst I prayed. Wonderfully God answered prayer and Raj was freed of his migraine. Since that time the boss of the shop has asked if I could pray a healing prayer for a strained ligament in his arm. When I told the young Kurdistani who runs the barbers’ shop at the top of the High Street that my wife was away for a couple of days he asked: ‘Have you only got one wife? You need more than one

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wife. My father has two wives and my grandfather has four.’ Obviously, he’s on a different planet from me! Some of the traders have a poor understanding of the English language. In the past few months I have written a letter to the head teacher of St Philomena’s Girls’ School in Carshalton asking if the school would accept a young Hindu girl. Her father is a Sri Lankan Tamil and although a Hindu he wants his girl to have Christian values. Don, whose baby died several years back and who runs the internet café, asked me to check a letter of appeal he had drafted to the authority who give traders the right to sell bus passes. The grammar was awful and it took me an hour to sort it out on his computer. The dental laboratory has become one of my favourite haunts and not just because they always make me a cup of tea. The staff are multicultural. Hanni, the manager, is Egyptian (looks like a young pharaoh), Daniel, a young Romanian, is a trainee dental engineer, and Simonette is Jamaican. Hanni is Coptic Christian but has no church to go to, Daniel is a Seventh Day Adventist and Simonette goes to the Pentecostal Church in Peckham. One day Simonette spoke of a problem she was facing. So I offered a prayer. As I ended the prayer I placed my hands an inch or two from the sides of her face and gave her the peace blessing. Hanni, working in the back part of the laboratory, had obviously seen what I was doing and came through and asked if I could do the same for him. Then, more recently, when Hanni’s fiancée was present, Hanni said, ‘Perhaps before you go you would pray with all four of us.’ So we formed a circle, arms around each other’s shoulders, and I prayed.

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FEATURES

[ Words: Bill Rivers ] Daniel gets married to a Romanian girl on 19 June and I was invited to the wedding. However, since receiving that invitation Daniel has discovered that The Salvation Army can conduct marriage services. He has therefore cancelled the arrangement he had at the Bromley registrar’s office and asked if I will conduct the wedding in our hall at Penge where for the past two months he and Theodora have regularly attended the Sunday morning meeting. I have a dream! I dream that one day our Salvation Army will go back to its roots and establish in every corps a team of street pastors who will reach out to the ‘unchurched masses’ telling them about Jesus, the only Saviour for a lost and dying world. After all, ‘We are saved to serve’, aren’t we?

Commissioner Bill Rivers (Retired) soliders at Penge Corps in south London

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‘I would like some information about becoming a spiritual leader in The Salvation Army but I don’t want to make an official application at this point. What can I do?’ There are several ways you can get the information you need:

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Have a look at the Candidates Unit website:

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Pick up a leaflet and have a chat with someone from the Candidates Unit The Candidates Unit stand will be at the Congress, Territorial Youth Rally, some Youth Councils and other Salvation Army events in the UK. Alternatively, give us a call and we will send you a leaflet through the post. Telephone number: 020 7326 2820

Exploring Leadership Day Conference Every year the Candidates Unit organises an open event for those interested in spiritual leadership. You must be over 18 to attend. In 2011 it is taking place on Sunday 27 March at William Booth College. Booking forms will be available from your corps officer and the Candidates Unit from October 2010 onwards or online at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/ exploringleadership. This is a free event. See pages 22-25 for more details.

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Candidates Sunday In the Salvation Army calendar, one Sunday in every year is dedicated to the subject of spiritual leadership with a particular emphasis on Candidates. The official date for 2011 is Sunday 8 May, although some corps will hold it on a different date. Some time prior to this date resources will be available from www.salvationarmy.org.uk/officership to help the congregation focus on the need for all Christians to follow God’s call, wherever that may lead. This year the theme is ‘Dream’ and Mark 4:20 is our key Scripture passage.

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A weekend to help you discover God’s design for your life STOP Take a break from your usual routine. A change is as good as a rest.

2010 REWIND Reflect on where you’ve been and the people and experiences that have shaped you.

PLAY Interact with other people seeking God’s design for their life.

FAST FORWARD Consider the future and what God may have in store for you.

17–19 September Northampton 26–28 November Sunbury Court

LIMITED PLACES BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT DFL was great. It’s not, as some think, a weekend just to get people to sign on for officership. It’s a weekend where everyone is special and time is given to look at what God is saying about YOUR design for life.

2011

28–30 January William Booth College 4–6 March William Booth College 10–12 June William Booth College 9–11 September William Booth College Attending the DFL weekend was life-changing. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

If you want to consider what God wants for your life in a serious, but non-pressured way, then don’t put it off. Just look forward to a great weekend with lots of fun, fellowship and, most importantly, time with God.

PAUSE It’s a full-on weekend but there is a bit of time to relax (and, of course, eat, drink and sleep!)

For more information and an application form call the Candidates Unit on 020 7326 2820 or visit: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/dfl

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