We Must Go Forward - The General is Spot On
by Captain Charles
"We Must Go Forward" is a prophetic
document, reaching backward and propelling into the future
with proleptic prowess. General Rader's got it right, spot on,
Not at all afraid to use militaristic terms,
speaking of "a fighting force, furiously aggressive, a
militant Army," yet judicious when speaking to the powers that
attempt to thwart the growth of the Kingdom.
When speaking of "cost-effective"
and "adequate, equitable, strategically responsible
patterns of funding," we need no further committees, what we
need are more officers like Major Fran Rader, who as a single
officer and living in a large quarters, converted the quarters
she was assigned into a halfway house.
We need permission-giving and
forward-thinking administrators who are not afraid to bite the
bullet and attack areas for fiscal bloat.
Many of our systems are dependent on means of funding
that are antiquated, and need new strategic models.
Can we eliminate headquarters units
altogether to focus monies on mission? Yes.
Can we consolidate buildings that are
unused, and consolidate Corps, repurpose building for mission?
Can we take on retail establishments in our
center cities and use the profits for mission? Yes.
Who has the organizational will? I wonder.
We need to more fully embrace
"philanthrocapitalism," or the use of business models to
sustain ministry funding.
All over the world, there are high-capacity volunteers
who can help us think into and beyond the future.
In places, where are major asset is real estate, we
need to emulate Trinity Wall Street and "do the most good"
with the holdings with which God has blessed us.
Media effectiveness needs to be taught at
the highest level, with the best state-of-the-art knowledge
available, from the most proficient professionals available.
The world is a single city now, we can no longer
communicate our mission with means from a previous century
We have the access to millions at a single keystroke,
through these means we can be opinion leaders.
This is what we are seeing with the fight against
Finally, what the West can learn from the
so-called "underdeveloped world" is staggering.
The most effective "low-tech" approach to fighting
social ills is recruiting allies who will come along side the
The conversion explosion in the global South is a result of
blood-and-fire soldiers and officers, pouring our their lives,
putting their lives and livelihoods on the line, to do the
More than a tagline, more than a slogan, "We
Must Go Forward"