Check out the great video introduction:
by The Highbury Centre, Islington, London, 8/13/19.
The following is a posting by one of my students, Major Pamilla Brakenbury of the Salvation Army. We were discussing how secular organizations have begun calling their chief informational officers: “evangelists.” This actually might be a positive trend, for it moves away from the inaccurate Elmer Gantry idea of huckster, to the Biblical idea of announcer of good news.
Major Brackenbury states, “The men and women who are a part of our boards might not be classified evangelist by the biblical definition, however in this context they are. This group of volunteers ‘build a strong community of supporters that can lend their power of votes and the conviction of public voices to their advocacy efforts’ (Crutchfield & Grant, 2012, p. 1474). They bring to the table a passion for the advancement of the mission of The Salvation Army. We can see so much of what these men and women have done through their influence. For example, Jerry Jones loves The Salvation Army and every Thanksgiving as a part of the half-time show, we see the season red-kettle kick off. When this tradition began it was met with resistance by the NFL and Jerry Jones believed in the Army and stood firm in this partnership. Since this began in 1997, the Dallas Cowboys have helped raise over 2 billion dollars helping over 500 million people in need (Dallas Cowboys – The Army and the Star, 2015).”
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “I often ask my students to share inspiring stories of Christian women and men who have impacted the student. Such stories inspire me too, as we sometimes feel the North American cost of ridicule and derision is too much for us. It is stories of missionaries, the leaders of missional movements, that give me strength, perseverance and excitement for the task ahead.
The following is the story of Brigadier Josef Korbel that a student once shared with me. Here is how the student (Glenn Cady, an officer in the Salvation Army) described the story of a Salvation Army officer who was imprisoned by Czechoslovakian Communists.”
Glen wrote: “Brigadier Josef Korbel was an officer in Czechoslovakia when the communist regime took over. Refusing to forsake his call to preach the gospel and serve people, he found himself arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Yet even there he could not keep from sharing the gospel and ministering to cell mates and members of the work crew. It became so bad that they eventually put him in solitary confinement. He was in a dark room that had a small sliver of light for a few moments a day. Even in that room he would sing songs and quote scripture just in case someone could hear. Little did he know that he was not alone in that dark room. He had a cell mate who had not talked in years and was considered insane. But through the singing and scripture of Josef, he came to know the redeeming power of Christ. He wanted to know more, so Josef would teach him from single pages of scripture his wife would smuggle to him between the slices of meat in his sandwich.
“I met Brigadier Korbel as a college freshman. He had been released from prison and had come to the US as an evangelist. We shared around the table and I was struck by the things that excited him. It was the little things. The fondue pot where he could not stop fixing treats for all of us to eat. The freedom that we all took for granted. The fact that God did not forget him in his trials was always a topic of discussion. God provided for his wife, a nurse, to be conscripted into service in the very camp and cell block where he was being held. This was never viewed as coincidence. Josef taught us to savor the little things, thank God for everything and trust God even when we could only see a sliver of light for a few minutes a day.
“Josef Korbel’s story can be found in the book “In My Enemies Camp” 1976 Christian Resource Communications) and the sequel “When the gates were opened.” (Self published 1980).”
Here is an interesting interview with him:
Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “As I mentioned in a few other postings, artistic creativity and innovation in our churches is often missing unless it is in media or music. Thus, to spur other arts (e.g. theatre, improvisation, sculpture, painting, dance, etc. etc.) I’ve suggested to students that Christians become more familiar with the arts by attending plays, galleries, performances, etc.
A Wesley Seminary student who is a part of the Salvation Army (quite of few of our students are Salvationists) shared this humorous video by the theatre troupe of the Salvation Army, named (with tongue-in-cheek) after their founder William Booth.
Take a look at the video, its poignant message and enjoy the creativity.
by Bob Whitesel D.Min. Ph.D., 6/13/15.
At Wesley Seminary at IWU we have Salvation Army officers who are our students (and some of our best students as a matter of fact 🙂 Some of those students have shared that the Salvation Army (which has been known for brass street bands for decades – see this great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm1a-SgLDcU ) also has more modern outreach bands. Here is how one student stated it:
“As an organization we support the development of ‘Gospel Arts’ which includes everything from Brass and vocal music to worship bands, steel drum bands, and drama troupes. We even have a visual arts/media department. Our goal is to model and teach at a level that inspires excellence down to the local level. We have a long way to go, but we do work hard at it.”
Here is a video of the Salvation Army Steel Drum Band.
I think we can all agree that there is still a great deal of creativity coming out of the Salvation Army.
by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 2/25/15.
In an article in Forbes Magazine (Forbes Magazine, 2/2/15), David Lariviere outlines five steps to building an identity for your organization. It applies well to Christian organizations, as my friend retired Major George Hood has done for the Salvation Army. Below I have given examples of how these five steps apply to ministry, by describing how we are doing it at Wesley Seminary.
1) Build a brand you’re passionate about. All of us at Wesley Seminary are excited about the idea of making more effective ministers in the Body of Christ. Our purpose is to introduce more people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through more effective Christians. We all have spent many years in seminary and graduate schools which has made us passionate about what they do and about doing it better.
2). Be your brand’s biggest advocate. We enjoy wearing Wesley Seminary polo shirts, sweatshirts and logos as well as having Wesley Seminary stickers on our cars and even computers. We want everyone to know we are passionate about this new model of seminary education.
3) Find investors that are both an industry and a cultural fit. To illustrate this I will discuss our faculty. Not only do we look for faculty members who are respected throughout their disciplines, but also we look for those fit our culture. We often say, “Who would we enjoy having lunch with?” This has created a high degree of community among our faculty.
4) Know your weaknesses and be honest. Here at Wesley Seminary we realize we must constantly train and improve our adjunct teachers. These are people who are often extremely skilled and knowledgeable, but because there is a rotating pool educating them is a major part of our efforts. In addition, advertising is something for which we do not have a lot of dollars. So we encourage our students, adjuncts and faculty to spread the news about the exciting work we are doing.
5) Engage a philanthropic component. Every organization should make sure it is primarily serving others and not serving itself. We are reminded daily of this, as we seek to utilize God’s word and the history of His Holy Spirit moving in people’s lives, to equip tomorrow’s world changers.
Read the original article here …
5 Must-Read Tips For Building A Brand, by David Lariviere, Forbes Magazine, 2/2/15.
Reproduced from: Stephen Gaetz, Jesse Donaldson, Tim Richter, & Tanya Gulliver (2013) The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013. Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.
People who are homeless are not a distinct and separate population. In fact the line between being homeless and not being homeless is quite fluid. In general, the pathways into and out of homelessness are neither linear nor uniform. Individuals and families who wind up homeless may not share much in common with each other, aside from the fact that they are extremely vulnerable, and lack adequate housing and income and the necessary supports to ensure they stay housed. The causes of homelessness reflect an intricate interplay between structural factors, systems failures and individual circumstances. Homelessness is usually the result of the cumulative impact of a number of factors, rather than a single cause.
Structural factors are economic and societal issues that affect opportunities and social environments for individuals. Key factors can include the lack of adequate income, access to affordable housing and health supports and/or the experience of discrimination. Shifts in the economy both nationally and locally can create challenges for people to earn an adequate income, pay for food and for housing…
Systems failures occur when other systems of care and support fail, requiring vulnerable people to turn to the homelessness sector, when other mainstream services could have prevented this need. Examples of systems failures include difficult transitions from child welfare, inadequate discharge planning for people leaving hospitals, corrections and mental health and addictions facilities and a lack of support for immigrants and refugees.
Individual and relational factors apply to the personal circumstances of a homeless person, and may include: traumatic events (e.g. house fire or job loss), personal crisis (e.g. family break-up or domestic violence), mental health and addictions challenges (including brain injury and fetal alcohol syndrome), which can be both a cause and consequence of homelessness and physical health problems or disabilities. Relational problems can include family violence and abuse, addictions, and mental health problems of other family members and extreme poverty.
As Booth said: ‘The people must be fed, that their life’s work must be done or left undone forever.’
“Along with the mission went practical charity work to deal with poverty and homelessness. As Booth said: ‘The people must be fed, that their life’s work must be done or left undone forever.’ The Army organised shelters to get the homeless, the sick and prostitutes off the streets and ran its own emigration bureau. When Catherine died of cancer in 1890 the Army had almost 100,000 soldiers in Britain. Today it has 1.5 million in 125 countries.’
“William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, knew that you must improve people’s lives before they would listen to the Good News and be involved in sharing it. He famously intoned: ‘The people must be fed, that their life’s work must be done or left undone forever’.”
Read a short but insightful history of the Salvation Army by Richard Cavendish at … http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/funeral-general-william-booth