10 Things That Make Me Missionally Hopeful
(only #1 is listed
by Major Rob Birks
10. Retired Army leaders, like General Paul
& Commissioner Kay Rader, Commissioner Bill Francis,
Commissioner Phil Needham and others, who love God deeply and
desire The Salvation Army to fall deeper in love with Him and
with those in the world for which He sent Jesus (everyone).
9. The ever-expanding number of countries
where Salvationists are sent to serve and to save.
8. The budding emphasis (at least in the
Western world) on creating communities of Salvationists
focused on loving God & loving OTHERS in all kinds of ways.
7. Financial difficulties which may
necessitate that we eschew everything that is not
6. Increasingly, Salvationists are most
interested in living the mission of our movement, as opposed
to maintaining and/or protecting what we currently have &
4. Younger Salvationists who are
disinterested in becoming expert mechanics for our movement’s
3. INFINITUM (infinitumlife.com) and the
renewed interest in all things discipleship.
2. The awareness that women and other
historically mistreated and marginalized people must be
treated justly and hold key leadership roles in our small part
of God’s Kingdom.
the number one reason I am missionally hopeful (sometimes
against all hope)...
1. JESUS! - His
redemptive plan for all creation and the fact that He invites
us, all of us, to be junior partners.