Equipped for Leadership What is it that makes a woman or a man suitable and ready for the responsibility of spiritual leadership?
Lieut-Colonel Anthony Cotterill shares his vision for WBC and some of the lessons heâ€™s learnt
New Kids on the Block
Introducing the new Candidates Unit officer team
PLUS: pass the baton Life as a Territorial Envoy equipped by essential Bookshops with Mission in Mind kaleo
welcome Welcome to the latest edition of Explore. Thanks for taking the time to pick it up and read it. The articles in this edition will help to resource your ministry and service. Writing out of their experiences, the contributors will inspire you to go further, more effectively, in fulfilling your lifeâ€™s purpose.
On your behalf, I express my deep gratitude to those who have helped to make Explore the inspirational reading it is. However, the biggest thanks any writer can receive is when readers read and then apply what they have learnt. So then, start reading and applying what you will gather from these pages, and your leadership will be equipped in some measure for the next chapter of your life.
Contributors: Phil Burnham, Lieut-Colonel Alan Burns, LieutColonel Anthony Cotterill, Hannah Garnham, Territorial Envoy Rob Westwood-Payne, Helen Pegram, Annalise Thompson, Jonny Whitmore, Chick Yuill.
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
   
Life as a Territorial Envoy Equipped by Essential Bookshops with Mission in Mind New Kids on the Block
Equipped for Leadership Pass the Baton
Hannah Garnham Jonny Whitmore
 EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
Exploring Leadership Day 2014 KALEO 
[ Words: Rob Westwood-Payne ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
he alarm goes off at 5:50am. What possessed me to choose the song ‘Good Morning’ from Singin’ in the Rain is anyone’s guess! I’m tired. Many people tried to tell me how exhausting ministry would be, and now I know! But I haul myself out of bed and grab the first coffee of the day. I spend the first few minutes of the day reading. I’ve learned over the past few years that a leader who isn’t growing will never thrive. Reading is one way I can ensure my development isn’t sacrificed by the urgent. I need to learn in order to be equipped for ministry. I’ve just finished reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero. What a powerful book! I am more determined than ever to study, observe a Sabbath, play and care for emotional and physical health in order to remain effective as a leader. I head to my desk. One of the practices I have been drawn to by God in recent days is observance of the Daily Office. As often as I am able, I stop three times a day (morning, lunchtime and evening) to centre on Scripture, observe silence and to pray. I began by using the Catholic liturgy, but as a whole I found this too structured and lacking spontaneity. Peter Scazzero’s book has encouraged me to develop my own structure. I meditate in silence, perhaps listening to God or looking at one particular Bible verse that I am trying to memorise for the week, or to consider my day and confess the mistakes I have made. This year I have started to read through our song book, a song or two a day. I include a Psalm from the Catholic liturgy and take time
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
to pray prayers of intercession for corps members, friends and family. Peter Scazzero explains how, before he began to observe the Daily Office, after his morning devotions, within a couple of hours he would forget God was at work in his day. By lunchtime he would be grumpy and short with people. By mid-afternoon he had forgotten God’s presence altogether and by night-time he would be wondering if he’d lost his Christianity. Those who know me well might well think the same of me! The Daily Office has allowed me to extend my awareness of the presence of God throughout my day, and I believe it prepares me for the blizzard of competing demands and the things I must accomplish in my day. Most days, I try to attend any activity happening at the corps. Hednesford Corps has a busy weekly programme for its size, including two sessions of parentand-toddler club, CAMEO, fellowship groups, Bible study, a junior club, lunch club, a teenage drop-in and music section rehearsals. The community activities give tremendous opportunities to reach out to people in our town and I try to be there to talk to those who come in. My days as a student have equipped me with toast-making skills, which have come in handy at parent-and-toddlers! I see part of my role as a corps leader as being a ‘cheerleader’ for the incredible soldiers, adherents and friends who lead and assist with these activities. They are the lifeblood of Hednesford Corps and I am constantly amazed by the sacrifices they are prepared to make for the mission of The Salvation Army. I have seen this work with new eyes since becoming a territorial envoy. I am constantly reminded of Paul’s words to the Ephesians: ‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors
and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4: 11-13 TNIV). I have learned that I am called to equip the members of my corps for the works of service God has called them to do. Hopefully, my encouragement will go some way to achieving this. What I am hoping to learn this year is how to bridge the gap from these
I have learned that I am called to equip the members of my corps for the works of service God has called them to do ‘entry points’ to a commitment to God. One bridge that was already in place was a monthly family service, which we have now branded Messy Church. One surprising thing I have discovered is that I can actually remember the actions to children’s worship songs, if I practise them enough beforehand! Perhaps being married to a YPSM has prepared me for this line of ministry after all! On at least one day a week I try to visit corps members and those who attend our activities. When I was going through the assessment process for territorial envoy, this was perhaps the area of ministry I was most concerned about. I did not consider myself a ‘people person’ – I am introvert by temperament and too task-oriented for my own good! But God was insistent in his calling, and I have learned that those whom he calls, he equips. I am indebted to my divisional
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
leaders for making the decision to invest in the training of territorial envoys in West Midlands Division by placing them, for a few months before their first appointment, as associate officers alongside officers of experience and length of service. My time at Cannock Corps under the tutelage of Major Nigel Govier was invaluable. He taught me to prioritise people over paperwork and the importance of visitation. I remember my first solo visit to a lady (sadly no longer with us) of 94. Her years meant she had many stories to tell, and conversation was easy. It was if God was telling me, ‘You see - it’s not half as bad as you thought’! Mind you, after an hour or so, and knowing I had a second visit to get to, it took me at least four attempts at opening up my Bible to read a verse of Scripture before I could get Ada to stop talking! Bringing such conversations to a timely conclusion is a skill I still have to learn. As a single-spouse territorial envoy, at a corps with two Sunday meetings every week, I spend a great deal of time preparing my Bible messages and meetings. I have had very little formal training in this. But I am grateful to the Mission Development Unit for the provision of the annual Preparing to Preach conference, which has taught me so much. Out of the first one I attended in 2010, I read the book Expository Preaching – Principles and Practice by Haddon W. Robinson and found it a very useful resource that has helped me structure my study. I had preached a few times in my home corps over the years, but since these were usually one-off occasions, I don’t think I ever noticed how much preparation was needed. I have since learned that it takes me six or so hours of preparation for each sermon, from initial study of the passage to writing the sermon, reducing it to an outline and reading it through during
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
the week to internalise it. One thing I am still getting used to is that after 15 to 20 minutes on a Sunday, that’s it! After all that preparation! As a former bandmaster and songster leader, I would regularly spend that amount of time rehearsing a particular piece or song with the section to sing, but at least we could repeat it a few times! At around 11 pm, I’ll finally fall into bed. What have I learned? Many, many things. Pruning through 14 years of possessions and packing up those we’d decided to keep in order to move into our first quarters is not best done the week after being on the staff of summer school! I have learned to have more faith. God has blown away my preconceptions about what could be achieved by Hednesford Corps already. I have learned that when you fall asleep at your desk when you’re supposed to be praying, you’re probably in the third week in December. I have found that the most irritating interruption is often a divine appointment from God and that I should treat it as such. But most of all I have learned that this calling is where I am meant to be. Sometimes corps leadership may feel like a blizzard, but there is something in the fact that my wife Gail tells me I’m a lot less stressed than I used to be. I’ve come home. I am in the place God wants me to be. And because of that, he will equip me to do his work. I’ll leave the last words to Paul: ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago’ (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).
Rob Westwood-Payne is Territorial Envoy at Hednesford Corps in the West Midlands Division
Looking back to my first Essential days, itâ€™s hard to remember what I was expecting from the year ahead, but I can say with certainty that the experience was more than I could have ever imagined. Throughout my two years in Abergavenny I learnt so much about myself, about God and about the world around me, and all that learning is still being put into practice in my current role as a youth worker at Falmouth Corps. Helen Pegram My Essential placement was hugely varied and allowed me to work with people of all ages, from many different Helen is a backgrounds and alongside other churches and organisations. It gave me Community opportunity to develop my skills in leadership, teaching, organisation, creativity and Worker at planning. It was a safe environment to step out of my comfort zone and experience Clapton Salvation new things, such as preaching and childrenâ€™s work, and to discover new passions such Army as youth and schools work. Essential was not only about placement. We also had five weeks of residential training and assignments and books to read throughout the year. We covered many subjects over those weeks, but the two that stand out most for me are these: learning to listen to God and challenging your own theology. During one particular week
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
When talking about Essential I have to be honest and say that I never planned on doing a Salvation Army gap year. In fact, I think I had actually made the decision never to do one. But during my final year at university God steered me towards the Essential programme. Why? I believe the answer is that God had a lot to show me; firstly about him, secondly about myself and thirdly about others. Annalise Thompson I don’t want to sound too dramatic, but becoming an Essential basically meant giving up your freedom for a year. This Annalise is not in a ‘lock-down’ way but in an ‘I’m dedicating this year to God’ way. It meant that works for all the usual distractions were put to one side, and for me I knew that I was there to see Falmouth and learn from what God had to show me. Temple Corps as From day one at your Essential placement you become an integral part of the church a youth and community. An average day could include running a coffee shop, being a classroom worker assistant, leading youth cell – and so there were countless opportunities for our skills in leadership and teamwork and our abilities in ministry to be developed. Essential did not only help me develop practical skills, but was also formative in shaping my faith. This was predominantly through the preaching of my ministers
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
Helen Pegram cont... of training, we focused on seeking God’s voice. This has not only had great value to me personally, but I’ve also found that it’s a question that comes from a lot of young people: How can I hear God? I can now share not only from my personal experiences, but also from the stories shared by the other Essentials and some of the ways we were taught to quieten our minds and still our hearts. Challenging your own theology was not exactly a lecture topic. However, throughout the training we looked at various aspects of faith in ways we perhaps hadn’t considered before. I was also challenged by the first of our set books, Café Theology by Michael Lloyd (a bit of a long read – but some very interesting ideas!) That’s not to say that I changed everything I believed over the course of my Essential experience, but rather I was given the chance to challenge what I believed and make decisions for myself. Again, this is not only something that has affected my personal faith, but also something I now emphasise in areas of my youth work. In Bible studies or cell groups, I always aim to present different ideas and opinions and allow the young people to examine them and come to their own conclusions. I came to see the importance of sharing and discussing thoughts and opinions and understanding other people’s conclusions. There is so much more I could say about my Essential experience and its influence on my youth work. I’m sure there’s hardly a day goes by that I don’t use a lesson, life skill or resource that I learnt over those two years, and I thank God for how that time and those people have influenced and shaped my life, equipping me for the days ahead.
Annalise Thompson cont... on placement, but also through those who taught at our initial residential training. Their interpretation of Scripture blew me away and I really felt that I was getting an insight into amazing truths in God’s word. There were many times when I heard something I had never been taught or had never thought about before. It was a bit like a crash-course in theology with lots of extra know-how thrown in, and I am very grateful for those early sessions, some of which still strongly influence me now. One example of this is when we went to Leeds as part of our residential training and spent some time getting to grips with the idea of being ‘incarnational’ – moving into the neighbourhood, coming alongside people in the community and revealing Jesus through our everyday living and love for that place. This experience was extremely significant for me and I distinctly remember wanting to do it, to be there and move in straightaway. But this was only week three and I was obviously a bit too eager! However, something this experience taught me (and something I am continuously reminded of now in my current job as an innercity community worker) is about love, and in particular how to love. Loving others may seem like a really obvious and almost stupid thing for me to say I learnt, but to really love someone or love a community when they are not very loveable is a hard thing to do. To love someone when they are constantly doing the wrong thing, or when your neighbourhood is not a ‘good’ place to live, means it can be really hard to show them love day after day. It can become tiring and sometimes disheartening. But having the knowledge of God’s grace and God’s love – love that does not get tired or doesn’t try to avoid certain situations – this kind of love makes it possible for me to see others in the way God sees them and to love them to the best of my human ability.
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
I grew up at the William Booth Training College in Denmark Hill, where my parents were officers. When I was seven I decided that I wanted to become a junior soldier. This was the first step that I took in showing my friends and family that I wanted to know more about God, and that I wanted to be a follower of Jesus. Having a supportive and loving corps meant that I was able to explore my faith, and it soon developed into my everyday way of life. When I was 12, my parents were moved to Raynes Park Community Church, a corps in South West London. It was here that my faith really started to thrive and it was this corps that has made the most difference in my life. Being surrounded by people who were so passionate about God and about spreading his word to the local community was captivating for me, and it inspired me to want to live my life in the same way. When I was 16, my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She was an amazing, inspiring woman who fought the cancer with a smile on her face and who never once let her faith falter. I remember a conversation I had with her a few weeks after her diagnosis. I asked her how she still had her faith despite what we were going through, and she replied, ‘Just remember how blessed you are.’ And she was right. I have a wonderful family, amazing friends, and it was then that I realised how blessed I was and how much God had given me, and how even in the darkest despair he would not desert me. Unfortunately, 18 months after her initial diagnosis my mum passed away, surrounded by family and close friends. Although this was an incredibly hard thing to go through, I know that I will see my mum again; because of God’s immense love for us we have a hope that this is not all there is, and that the best is yet to come. Early in 2009 my sister Abigail took a trip to India to visit Daya Children’s Home and School for children whose parents suffer from leprosy. Abigail enjoyed this experience so much that the following October, after the completion of my A Level exams, I took a trip there too. Spending time with the beautiful children who had nothing but were so happy was an inspiration and it reminded me of how blessed I was. God doesn’t care about much we have – he just wants us to have open hearts, and these children were a wonderful example of this. I am currently in my third year of a social work degree at the University of Plymouth. I attend a local corps that is slightly more traditional than Raynes Park, but that is no less passionate about God and about sharing God’s love with the local community. Without the love and support of Devonport Morice Town corps, my time at university would have been incredibly hard, and the corps have shown me that even when we think all is lost, God still provides for us and he never lets us down. A few months ago, my cousin died suddenly in her sleep, aged only 24. It was a massive shock for the whole family, and was incredibly heartbreaking especially for my aunt, uncle and cousin – her parents and brother. This painful experience has shown me how blessed I am to have such an amazing family, and has once again given me the hope that this is not the end, but that because of our all-loving God we will see Rachel again. When I was a child, my Dad would sing ‘Trust and Obey’ to me before I went to sleep, and they are words that have now become our family motto. My journey with God has not been easy, but it has continuously shown me how amazing God is and how he has provided for me. I have learned that it is not my place to question why and that I just need to have faith and need to ‘Trust and Obey’ God and trust that he has a plan for me. I want to thank God for bringing me joy, love and hope even through the trials; for staying with me and never letting me fall. Hannah Garnham is studying for a social work degree at the University of Plymouth.
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
fires EXPLORE... spoke to Lieut-Colonel Anthony Cotterill, Principal at William Booth College, about his upbringing, his vision for the college and some of the leadership lessons heâ€™s learnt.
[ 10 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
interview Anthony, you have been Training Principal at the College for six months. What are your first impressions of William Booth College? It is 30 years since we first came to the College as cadets, so when we arrived to take up this responsibility just a few months ago they weren’t really first impressions, because we have been in and out of the College often and have seen the place change. So, no surprises really. But I have to say that just like churches, it is not about the building but about the people. William Booth College is about the people! And my first impressions of being amongst the community here are of immense privilege because there are so many people who are ‘up for it’, spiritually alive and wanting to make this community effective for the Kingdom of God. You have been an officer for nearly 30 years, but your life didn’t begin at the point when you arrived at William Booth College as a cadet. Tell us a little bit about your family background. My parents are officers, and up until the time when I married Gill I had followed mum and dad through all their corps appointments, so I grew up in that environment. I eventually arrived in London at Regent Hall Corps, which I would term my home corps, and at that time was also at university studying geography at Lampeter in Wales. I followed that up with the post-grad teaching
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
certificate at London University and then taught geography and RE in Neasden in North London. From there I came to William Booth College as a cadet. I have been married since 1979 and have four boys – but they are men now and three of them are married. Following your commissioning in 1984, tell us something of the nature of the appointments you have had. In those days you received your appointment on the Royal Albert Hall platform in front of five or six thousand people and you had no idea where you were going until that moment. We discovered that we were appointed to Buckie, a small fishing village we had never heard of on the northfacing coast of the Moray Firth in Scotland. What a wonderful place! From there we moved south every time until coming to our last appointment before coming to William Booth College. We went from Buckie to Arbroath, Arbroath to Glasgow where we had four years at Pollokshaws Corps so completing seven years as corps officers in Scotland, before taking up an appointment as divisional youth secretary in the Birmingham Division before it was enlarged to be the West Midlands Division. We had six tremendous years in that division working with the youth and candidates, before driving down the M6 and M1 to lead Hemel Hempstead Corps in Central South Division for seven years. For the last eight years we were privileged to be appointed to Maidstone as divisional leaders
[ 11 ]
for the London South East Division. We have almost done the length, but not the breadth, of the country, and I can honestly say it has been an exciting, if at times extremely challenging, life we have had so far. And that continues here at William Booth College.
I just want to see the fire fanned and blazing, because I do think that strategically the College sits as a catalyst for potential great stuff for Christ in the nation and even beyond. You are now the Principal here at William Booth College, and I think I have heard you speak in these early days of your desire and vision for this College to be a place of renewal and revival for the territory. Can you expand that thinking a little bit more about how this College can help equip the territory for its mission? I think it is fair to say that my vision is being focused at this point in time. We’re not there yet, but I sense from other people and from the Spirit that God has already revealed to many people that the College should be a place of revival and renewal. I love to think of it potentially as somewhere where the glory of God sits upon this place, and by
[ 12 ]
that I mean upon the people. And if it sits upon the people in this community, then I have a hope and an aspiration that anybody who comes and goes from here, whether guests or residents, visitors or people attending meetings here, that they too will be touched by something of the Spirit of God. I have realised that so many people come to the College for many reasons as well as those who live here. Consequently the influence of WBC is potentially immense. I am not just thinking about the residential cadets – I am also thinking about the cadets who live elsewhere but who come and go, the distance learners, even those in foreign lands, from France, Belgium and Italy who come occasionally to the College. I am also thinking about all the officer body across the territory who visit the College for SISTAD courses or come under the influence of SISTAD courses across the country. I am thinking of employees who come to William Booth College, all the visitors who come to visit the International Heritage Centre which, although it is a THQ function, is housed here at William Booth College. There are so many people coming and going, and I like to think that the tower which is above us is like a beacon, not just for The Salvation Army but for the nation. That sounds very grand; but wouldn’t it be brilliant, quite literally brilliant, if that were to be the case – if God was so evidenced in this place that people just wanted to come and spend a little time here and go away and come
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
back and take something from their time here! I think of it like lighting fires, with the hope that when people go back to their appointments, to their places of work, to their families, when the cadets or the officers at SISTAD or the Candidates Unit or Business Services go out to lead meetings, they take something of that experience of what it is to be an ‘on fire’ community. I just want to see the fire fanned and blazing, because I do think that strategically the College sits as a catalyst for potential great stuff for Christ in the nation and even beyond. I think you are right. We do see here the calibre of people who want to make this happen and we pray that God will bring that about. Just moving on from that, Anthony, what do you do for fun? I have to confess that I am not a very active sportsman any more! I would like to say that old sports injuries have caught up with me, but I think it might be old age instead! I love every sport. I just wish it was the Olympics every week – but it’s probably a good thing it isn’t, as I would just be sat there watching it all the time or visiting the venues! Since coming back into central London my wife and I have made an intentional decision to make the most of living in London, so we are trying to do that. We love to go to the theatre and occasionally to the cinema. We went to see Skyfall recently and are going to the ballet tomorrow night. We like to see something of London life which is great.
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
What are some of the big leadership lessons that you have learnt over the last 30-plus years? How long have you got? Here are a few. When working with people I am conscious of the fact that God hasn’t finished with me yet, and so in all probability anyone I am working with he hasn’t finished with either. I need to constantly remember that from a leadership perspective. I think another big lesson I have learnt over the years is that the best decisions are made when you are in possession of the facts. I have also discovered that a ‘quick win’ solution might be the most obvious and easiest solution to a problem, but it may not be the best option. Sometimes we stop at the first option simply because we have found an answer. Sometimes we need to step back and think: ‘Actually is there a solution B or C which might be better for a particular challenge or course of action for me or perhaps for somebody else?’ These are the first things that come to my mind in terms of leadership. It is a privilege to be in leadership. I remember hearing or reading a long time ago with respect to Church leadership that Christ is the Head of the Church, and the saying is that if that is so, then he should have the monopoly of headaches. Often when I am in a difficult place I am just so pleased to say, ‘Lord this is your problem, not mine, and please let me go to sleep!’ Whilst that doesn’t always work, I find great release in the fact that we are just agents of the Lord and we give everything to him.
[ 13 ]
Leadership [ Words: Chick Yuill ]
n my little study I have an entire shelf filled with books on leadership. I even wrote one myself a decade ago, though I’ll leave it to someone else to comment on the value of my own contribution to the literature of leadership! But I can honestly say that the others all have worthwhile and insightful things to say on the subject. They deal with such important topics as casting a compelling vision, planning an effective strategy, discerning future trends, handling change, cultivating a healthy culture in the organisation, initiating wellfunctioning systems and developing younger leaders. And all of these remain significant aspects of the leader’s role. But leadership – especially spiritual leadership – is about much more than mastering skills and developing expertise. The big leadership question is this: ‘What is it that makes a woman or a man, however young they are or however unlikely they may at first seem, suitable and ready for such responsibility?’ It’s a crucial question because we need spiritual leaders for this generation. Of course, that means leaders within the Christian Church. The Salvation Army must have passionate and gifted officers who will guide this Movement through the coming decades, ensuring that it continues to be a force for God and for good in the 21st century. However, it also includes Christian women and men who will take responsibility for leadership in every walk of life – business, commerce, education, the arts,
[ 14 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
[ 15 ]
politics, medicine and science. Without such leaders we face the prospect of a ‘sacred-secular divide’. In effect, the practice of our faith will be confined to Sundays and focused only on ‘sacred’ church activities. But the everyday ‘secular’ world – where most Christians spend most of their time – will increasingly become a ‘no go’ area for Christian witness, a place in which the values of the gospel will have little or no impact on the lives of our neighbours and work colleagues. Spiritual leaders – whether they fulfil that role within the Church or in the wider community – must do everything they can to prepare themselves for the task. Yes, they will study their leadership books; they will make time to attend leadership seminars; they will seek mentors among those who are experienced in the art of leadership; and they will put into practice what they have learned, beginning to lead wherever they are, in whatever way they can, with whatever group of people is entrusted to them. But what is it that will set them apart, mark them out as spiritual leaders, and equip them to bring the transforming power of the gospel to the individuals they meet and to the communities in which they live? The answers to these questions are to be found for each one of us only in a deep encounter with Jesus. And that’s why the story of Simon Peter’s uncomfortable but life-shaping conversation with Jesus, following Easter Sunday and the Resurrection, is so relevant here. You will recall the context of their meeting: when Jesus was on trial before the Jewish authorities in the hours leading up to his crucifixion, three times Peter had denied even knowing him when questioned by a servant girl in the courtyard of the high priest’s house. And just a glance from Jesus had been enough to reduce him to
[ 16 ]
tears as the shame of his denial dawned upon him. The days that followed had been traumatic for Peter. The unspeakable horror of the crucifixion was followed by the indescribable wonder of the Resurrection. Now for a moment or two everything stands still. The risen Jesus has just shared breakfast with his disciples on the shore of the lake. And as the sun rises in the sky, he frames his question in such a way that there can be no doubt that it is directed to the erring disciple: ‘When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”’ (John 21:15).
It is an inescapable truth of the gospel that we must be followers of Jesus before we are leaders of his people Three times the question is repeated and three times Simon Peter affirms his love for Jesus: ‘“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you”’ (John 21:15). By the third time Peter is feeling a little bruised. But Jesus persists, following his probing question each time with a direct challenge: ‘Jesus said, “Feed my lambs” (John 21:15). It is important to note that this recurring, three-fold motif of question, response and challenge comes to the man who is to become the head of the Jerusalem church and, alongside Paul, one of the key figures in laying the foundations of Christianity. It is an encounter and a conversation without which Peter could never have embarked on his subsequent ministry. And from it three truths emerge that would not only be crucial
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
to Peter’s leadership, but that will also be fundamental to each one of us who is called to lead. Firstly, we are called to embrace a life of passionate discipleship. People often say that The Salvation Army needs good leaders above everything else. But, essential as that is, it is not the greatest need. The greatest need of the whole Church and the world around us is passionate, authentic, committed, wholelife disciples of Jesus. The key question for Peter is not ‘Will you lead my Church?’, but ‘Do you love me?’ It is not ‘Can you become a competent leader?’, but ‘Will you be an intimate disciple?’ It is an inescapable truth of the gospel that we must be followers of Jesus before we are leaders of his people. And, as John 15:14 reminds us, the fruit of that intimacy and the proof of our love is ‘…if you do what I command’. Spiritual leaders seek to do the will of Jesus first and foremost. Everything else flows from that. However gifted the woman or man, if the momentum and motivation of their life springs from any other source, they will not be true spiritual leaders. Secondly, we are called to embark upon a life of continual discovery. Preachers often rightly remind us that the three times Jesus asks his question of Peter exactly correspond to the three times Peter had denied him. But there is more to the repetition than that. Each time Peter has to answer the question, he is forced to go just a little deeper, to penetrate below the surface, to discover the truth about himself and his relationship with Jesus at a more profound level. A glib assent to the truth will not do for spiritual leaders. It was something Peter was to learn later in his ministry as the Early Church wrestled with the issue of the inclusion of non-Jews. Peter was conservative on the issue, holding to the position that converts had to adhere to Jewish ritual laws and
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
practices before they could become true followers of Jesus. But God had other ideas, and in Acts 10:9–23 Peter’s vision on the roof-top explodes his narrow theology and takes him to a place where he begins to discover the vastness of God’s love and the inclusiveness of the gospel. In this age of previously unimagined scientific advances and complex moral questions, we too must be open to the Holy Spirit leading us to ongoing discovery of what the gospel means for our time and our culture. Thirdly, we are called to engage with a ministry of spiritual direction. Each time Peter affirms his love, Jesus comes back with a similar refrain: Feed my lambs; take care of my sheep; feed my sheep. If the basis of spiritual leadership is personal discipleship, then its outcome must always be, above everything else, disciple-making. Disciples – all disciples – must be disciple-makers. That is true whether we are officers or office-workers, pastors and preachers or painters and decorators! We are to live in such a way that we model the life of Jesus to others, that we share the gospel with them, and that we encourage and resource them as they seek to follow him. Spiritual leaders may well spend some of their time in administration, or organising events, or fundraising, or any one of a thousand legitimate and necessary things. But that is not primarily what they are about. We each have ‘a flock’, whether it’s the people in our corps, our family, our workmates or our neighbours. How we treat them and how they see Jesus in us is what leadership is really about. May we never settle for anything less than that.
Chick Yuill is a freelance speaker and writer. His latest book on discipleship, Moving in the Right Circles, is published by IVP
[ 17 ]
pass the baton I
t is with perhaps understandable nervousness that I visit the subject of the baton! During last year’s Olympic Games, the British men’s 100m relay team did what we all dreaded (and perhaps expected!) – they dropped the baton! I have often used the analogy of the baton in a relay to describe how God works through the appointment system in The Salvation Army. If the baton represents the gospel, then the runner (the officer) gets to run a lap of the track and make their contribution to the ‘race’. It is no wonder that the apostle Paul uses the concept of a race in his writing: ‘This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting – God’s applause!’ 2 Timothy 4:7-9, The Message. In leadership development this picture may have another important application. ‘Passing the baton’ is also about equipping others to carry the leadership challenge that we have accepted. It may present a unique opportunity to develop others, particularly those in succeeding generations, in spiritual leadership. What are the dominating themes that we can detect from the leadership of Jesus?
[ 18 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
Leadership in the Church is first and foremost a spiritual concept The concept of leadership in the Church is different from that of the world. The one title never used in the New Testament for a church leader was the word ‘ruler’ – this was the word that was frequently used in the secular world at the time. The Christian Church adopted another word that translates as ‘servant’ or ‘minister’. The potential for ego-driven ambition, for popularity seeking, for bullying and manipulation, all come to the surface when the spiritual or serving imperative is not prioritised. Perhaps it is the development of the spiritual potential in the leaders of tomorrow that ought to
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
be the first priority. We know that without training in discipleship we are unlikely to see leaders emerge from our ranks. Discipleship always precedes spiritual leadership. It is precisely because of this that the UK Territory has been stating that making disciples is our priority.
Leaders as trainers, coaches and mentors What would happen if we all worked from the paradigm that dominated the ministry of Jesus, which is that we reproduce and multiply ourselves by growing younger leaders? There is something to be said for every local officer in a leadership role in The Salvation Army to be engaged in the training of their successor. How about identifying
[ 19 ]
your apprentice? Paul chose Timothy and spent a significant proportion of his time in mentoring and developing the young protégé’s leadership potential. Who can you develop in the same way? Are you prepared to put in the hours, the love and care? Will you prepare the next generation of spiritual leaders? There are risks, of course, and it requires dedicated effort. Will they do things differently? Will they mess up occasionally? Of course they will! Will you be there to encourage them, to forgive them and spur them on? If you do, in all likelihood they will outgrow you and you’ll have to move over! That’s how Jesus exercised his own leadership. That was the example of Paul.
Learning from Jesus Where would you start in the business of training young leaders and passing on the baton? I would highlight two fundamental qualities that require emphasis. Humility Paul, speaking of Jesus, says that he was first and foremost humble (see Philippians 2:8). Humility marks out a great leader. It’s ironic, isn’t it? How else could Jesus relate to children, to the poor and destitute, to those who were excluded and rejected? It was this humility that made him so attractive and approachable. But when you pause and consider who he was – the Son of God – his humility is quite remarkable. Great leaders know who they are. They understand that they are people of influence and gifting. They have a selfawareness and knowledge of themselves in which their humility is firmly anchored. Compassion Becoming a leader does not mean that you become hard and insensitive to the needs of others. There are those who lead on the basis that one’s feelings are to be kept hidden and that self-control should result in a hard exterior. In the life of Jesus,
[ 20 ]
on the other hand, it was the quality of compassion that enabled him to feel more and to help people more. This resulted in action, healing and even tears! Yes, compassion often overwhelmed Jesus (see Matthew 9:36). It was Henri Nouwen who pointed out that cure without care was empty: ‘...suffering nations have declined medicine and food when they realised that it was better to suffer than to lose self-respect by accepting a gift out of a non-caring hand.’
A concluding thought The creation of a new generation of leaders ought to be the highest ambition of a spiritual leader. Passing on the baton of leadership is not simply the transference of skills. The truth is that leadership is more caught than taught! Books and lectures may help to develop your leadership skills, but there is nothing like being with and experiencing the real thing in someone else. For Jesus and the disciples, the three-year apprenticeship training was irreplaceable. Look at the risks Jesus took with that motley crew! Look at the number of times they just didn’t get it! Did he give up in despair and frustration? No, he just kept challenging their shallow assumptions and encouraging them to have faith. He asked them questions that they couldn’t answer, often leaving them bewildered and totally confused! What is true and constant in all of Jesus’ journey with his disciples is that he loved them. He opened his heart and his mind to them, and he laid down his life for them. Then, he sent them into the world to make disciples! Over to you!
Lieut-Colonel Alan Burns is The Salvation Army’s Secretary for Scotland
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
Music has featured strongly in my life. I apparently told my first teacher that when I grew up I wanted to ‘play the big drums on the horses for the Queen’, and my first school report said that I had not yet learnt that pencils were for writing and not drumming! Well, an allergy to horses put a halt to that first dream. But right throughout my school years my focus was on a music career. I did my grades, practised hard and, with the help and support of my family, some great encouragers and some dedicated music teachers, I got pretty good. As I was leaving school I auditioned and got accepted by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study for a music degree specialising in percussion (or, as one of my friends said, a degree in hitting things!) It was in the summer following my second year at Guildhall that an opportunity arose to go to Southwark Corps where Jonny and Catherine Smith were the officers, to help lead a week of activities for young people. I lived a mile or two up the road, and so I thought it was a good opportunity to serve the community I lived in but which I knew very little about. I went, and I had a great week, leading workshops, playing football, walking around the streets, chatting to young people and becoming aware of the great needs there and in many similar communities around the country. I think that if I had to use an analogy for this week, it would be that my eyes were opened and it was at this time where things really started to change for me. God spoke very clearly and I became passionate about working with him to bring about transformation and hope in the lives of young people and the communities in which they live. A career as a professional musician just wouldn’t do; full-time ministry and service was what was being asked of me. Whenever anyone said anything about being called to full-time ministry, the default position always seemed to be Salvation Army officership. However, it left me with the question – was I really meant to be a Salvation Army officer? I went back to music college for my final two years, which enabled me to complete the degree and explore what this calling meant. Almost ten years on from that experience in Southwark I still believe that full-time ministry is something that God has called me to. But I have also learnt that it doesn’t have to mean officership. This calling has taken me to Gibbonsdown, South Wales, on The Salvation Army’s gap year (which at the time was called the Timothy Programme and is now called Essential) where I spent a year away from the comfort of music, serving that community and exploring who I was, who God was and what this calling was on my life. This calling next took me to Wellingborough, where I spent five years as a youth worker with the Methodist Church. There I worked with young people and the community to set up and run a town centre youth café, giving young people from all backgrounds opportunities for personal, social and spiritual development. And now this calling has seen me return to The Salvation Army, working at ALOVE as the Youth Worker Development Manager. My role is to encourage, train and resource both volunteers and employed youth workers around the territory, hopefully inspiring and enabling them to go and make a difference in the lives of young people. As I write this article I am just a few days away from turning 30. I reflect on where God has led me in the past 10 years, and I am also led to reflect on what his calling is for the next 10 years. I am still open to the possibility that one day God’s call might be to officership, or that he might have other ideas for me and my family. This excites me, although as a structured man who likes a plan, it takes discipline for me not to worry or to try and plan it out for him! I was challenged just this week at the ALOVE Forge Conference that God sees us as ‘partners’ with him – doing things with him, not for him. My prayer is that I will continue daily to choose to partner with him – wherever this may take me in the years to come. Jonny Whitmore is the Youth Work Deleopment Manager for ALOVE UK.
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
[ 21 ]
Bookshops with Mission in Mind [ Words: Phil Burnham ]
[ 22 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
FEATURES A bit of background: who we are and what we do In all, CLC comprises about 180 bookshops, 20 warehouses and 14 publishing houses in more than 50 countries, though orders are sent to many more. Each ministry is registered independently according to the legal framework as a non-profit organisation, a trust, a company or a charity (as in the UK). CLCers work in sales, marketing, editing, data entry, purchasing, accounts, bookshops, admin, wholesale, social networking, website maintenance and development, and more. We supply bookstalls and resources for concerts, celebrations, conferences and church services, and complete bookshops for bigger events that attract thousands of people. We are a mixture of employees and volunteers, both part-time and fulltime. Full-time volunteers rely on financial support from interested individuals and churches to fulfil their role in CLC. We depend on part-time volunteers to keep the ministry going. Perhaps more are needed at your local CLC. CLC’s mission is to glorify God by making Christian literature available to all nations so that people may come to faith and maturity in the Lord Jesus
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
Christ. Evangelism and discipleship involve interacting and engaging with people in a meaningful, intentional way, providing them with the right resource at the right time. And did you notice the phrase ‘all nations’? Where needs exist and resources from the public and within CLC allow, we seek God’s direction as to how and when to get involved in a given country. Thus CLC UK began the ministry in Spain, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Poland, Belarus and more. Then there’s CLC France (Romania, Martinique, Guadaloupe…); CLC USA (Liberia, Philippines, the Caribbean….); Colombia (Ecuador); the Netherlands (Bulgaria)… And just in February the exleader of CLC Venezuela emigrated with his wife and children to start CLC in Bolivia. And so it goes on. But let’s be clear: there have been closures too. So this, in summary, is our passion nationally and globally: to bring about personal transformation through conversation and sales, undergirded by prayer and the commitment to make Christ known, to the glory of God.
On the shop floor In January, a young lady asked a part-time CLC volunteer here in the UK how she could know Jesus and how the Bible – and
[ 23 ]
which version - would help her in this. Her questions were answered, she bought a Bible and went on her way. A local minister who is a regular customer overheard everything, never imagining that such a thing could or would happen in the CLC bookshop. But even more amazing was his admission that he – a church minister - never has the opportunity to share the gospel and help someone in
People visit Christian bookshops, rather than a church, in their search for God such a personal way. For this to take place right before his eyes in the bookshop was a revelation! He now understands much more clearly the importance of the bookshop in the life and ministry of the local church. Yes, people visit Christian bookshops, rather than a church, in their search for God. So, as Christ’s ambassadors, we seek to live out 2 Timothy 4:2, to ‘proclaim the Message with intensity…. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple’ (The Message). I recently chatted with a young man wanting a Bible. God was ‘on his case’ and the young man wanted to know more about him. I obliged in word (explaining) and deed (selling). A student in Sheffield wanted a book to read with his girlfriend about how far is far enough in their physical relationship and how to honour God and each other in it all. The right book will help them do both and will prepare a solid foundation for their married life together. Often we are sowers, but occasionally we reap where others have sown. In Chatham, the conversation with a bookshop customer culminated in a prayer of repentance and commitment to Christ. Customers within earshot were quietly praying in the background! What
[ 24 ]
a joy to be a stepping stone in someone’s quest for spiritual reality! What a greater joy accompanying them in that last step to repentance and salvation!
A church on the high street Every Christian bookshop should be a relevant witness in the local community and a pointer to Christ. In Coimbra, Portugal, the manager seized an opportunity to promote the small CLC bookshop as a place of evangelism, discipleship and fellowship and as a feeder of people into local churches. And extra sales would help. Since first hosting the weekly chronological Bible study course in 2009, more than 70 people have followed it, 18 have become Christians and two of these are training for full-time missionary service. Other courses also take place in the bookshop. I wonder how many churches have seen 18 conversions in under four years! And I wonder if the ‘results’ would have been similar if the courses were run in a church building.
Other CLC bookshops may not organise things on such a grand or regular scale; whether it’s a music concert or the reading of a children’s book, the aim is to reach out and help our public grow spiritually by providing reliable resources.
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
But all is not well. Some CLC ministries in developing nations would not exist – and the Church would be spiritually poorer – but for the ongoing prayer and financial support from the public and from CLC worldwide. While some
CLC ministries channel used books and Bibles to needy colleagues overseas, the recession and changes in consumer buying patterns are taking some CLC ministries to the brink, and others (like the UK) cannot give away funds or stock as they would like. Donations by the public to CLC are also down, affecting projects and the personal support of some workers. Enquiries as to our needs of prayer and finance for projects and people are always welcome.
Christian convenience store or a mission-focused resource centre? The Bible is always our best-seller, but not everyone knows how to handle this precious resource. In some countries – Chile is an outstanding example – CLC has long organised training seminars on how to use the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Having received insights and guidance from our partners, and now being better equipped for preaching and teaching, every
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
participant – usually most are church leaders – is given a Thompson Bible and has the opportunity to buy other items displayed by the local CLC bookshop. Here in our consumer-driven, increasingly individualistic and superficial UK, it is easy for our church-going customers to see their local CLC bookshop purely as a place of commercial transaction: a sort of Christian convenience store. But scratch under the surface, look again: the gospel is explained, people are encouraged, comforted and affirmed, prayer takes place, testimonies are shared, fellowship happens, products are recommended, events are resourced and lives are transformed. And the sales enable all this to take place. Providing trusted and relevant resources is both a joy and a necessity, whether over the counter or online via clcbookshops.com. Our thanks go to all who support.
For more information about service opportunities and supporting CLC projects and people, read CLC World, CLC Prayer Focus, talk to our staff, visit clc.org.uk or simply contact me about anything: Phil Burnham CLC National Director 291 Abbeydale Road Sheffield S7 1FJ Tel: 0114 2812136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Burnham is National Director for CLC International (UK).
[ 25 ]
n o s d i K w Ne the Block Major Noel Wright
Tea (morning and evening) Tea or coffee? Coffee (at other times) Chelsea Football or rugby? Strictly or X Factor? Neither! Snow Snow or sun? Dogs Dogs or cats? A helpful Bible verse? Isaiah 43:1,2 (NIV ) ‘But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”’ A song you love to sing? ‘I know thee who thou art’ A hope for your new appointment? To be empowered by the Spirit to encourage others through to a deeper sense of mission and ministry.
[ 26 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
Introducing the new Candidates Unit officer team Major Noel Wright is taking
up the position of Territorial Candidates Director. Noel comes from Territorial Headquarters where he has been the Assistant Territorial Evangelism Secretary since February 2011. We asked them a few questions to help you get to know them a little bit better.
ptain Helen Schofield is to be the Assistant Territorial Ca ndidates Director and for the past six years Helen has been the divisional youth off icer in the South-Wester n Division, and the divisional ca ndidates off icer for four of those years .
Captain Helen Schof ield Tea or coffee? Coffee Football or rugby? Football Strictly or X Factor? X Factor Snow or sun? Sun Dogs or cats? Dogs A helpful Bible verse? Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV ) ‘The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.’ A song you love to sing? A hope for your new appointment? ‘I see the King of Glory’ That God will be glorified in all that I say and all that I do.
Lieut-Colonel Alison Burns will join the Unit as
Assistant Territorial Candidates Director from July 2013. Throughout her Officership, Alison has held corps and divisional appointments. In addition she has served at THQ and IHQ. With her husband Alan, Alison currently serves in Scotland as Assistant Secretary for Scotland.
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
[ 27 ]
EVENTS Sunday 16 March 2014 William Booth College
Territorial Leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams
The call of God is unique for each individual. The direction it sends us, the roles we assume and the way it shapes us are incomparable. Dream, Whisper, Chosen, Fullfilled – all are titles of our recent Exploring Leadership Days.
Next year we turn to the Greek language for inspiration for this Day: KALEO. The Greek lexicon entry for Kaleo defines the word in this way – ‘to call; to call aloud; to utter in a loud voice; to invite’. To call! The call of God is unique for us all.
God tells us: ‘I have called you by name; you are mine’ (Isaiah 43:1 NLT). He calls us to ‘Come follow me…’ (Matthew 4:19) and he calls us to ‘…do the good things he planned for us long ago’ (Ephesians 2:10).
God calls! The responsibility is then ours to hear the call, then heed the call.
So – what is God calling you to do with your one and only life? Do you know? Do you want to know? Why not come to KALEO, the Exploring Leadership Day in 2014. It will help to define that call and discover your destiny. [ 28 ]
EXPLORE... [ 2013/14 ]
‘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:
Have a look at the Candidates Unit website:
Pick up a leaflet and have a chat with someone from the Candidates Unit The Candidates Unit stand will be at 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 13 to attend. In 2014 it is taking place on Sunday 16 March at William Booth College. Booking forms will be available from your corps officer and the Candidates Unit from October 2013 onwards or online at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/exploring_ leadership_day_2014. This is a free event. See page 28 for more details.
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 2013 is Sunday 11 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 ‘Kaleo – to call’.
A weekend to help you discover God’s design for your life
7–9 June 2013 Hinsley Hall, Leeds
24–26 January 2014 William Booth College
6–8 September 2013 William Booth College
25–27 April 2014 William Booth College 5–7 September 2014 William Booth College
For more information and an application form call the Candidates Unit on 020 7326 2820 or by email email@example.com
The Essential Gap Year is your access point into a new world of intentional discipleship and mission. We ask you to give 11 months during which you will learn through experiential teaching, mission & the discovery of a new perspective that is guaranteed to change your life.
Essential is for 18–24 year olds. Course fees are covered by The Salvation Army; a gift to see that YOU reach your potential. If you’re intrigued, or already convinced, then drop us a line. To find out more about Essential contact Matt or Anita on: Call - 020 7367 4533 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Web - www.salvationarmy.org.uk/alove Twitter - @AloveEssential Facebook – ALOVE UK