March 2014 Director’s Desk

Mission and Purpose

 “Vision Statements and Mission Statements are the inspiring words chosen by successful leaders to clearly and concisely convey the direction of the organization…a Mission Statement defines the organization’s purpose and primary objective” (, Manktelow and Carlson).

Many organizations have Vision, Mission and Purpose statements.  These hold a group of people together around a common core and become a tool for evaluating what, when, where, why, and how in any endeavor the organization takes.  The Salvation Army has a very succinct mission statement that has withstood decades and remained the standard by which are service is meted:

The Salvation Army is an international religious and charitable movement organized and operated on a quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the Christian church…The motivation of the organizatio is love of God and a practical concern for the needs of humanity.

This is expressed by a spiritual ministry, the purposes of which are to preach the Gospel, disseminate Christian truths, supply basic human necessities, provide personal counseling and undertake the spiritual and moral regeneration and physical rehabilitation of all persons in need who come within its sphere of influence regardless of race, creed, color, sex or age.

Quoted from The Songbook of The Salvation Army

The value of every individual undertaking to write a vision, mission and purpose statement for their life is immense.  This same type of guide keeps the activities and endeavors of a person true to who that person is.  As a Christian, our overriding mission is to serve Jesus Christ and others in His Name.  How we do that is evaluated against our own statement.

Focused Life and Living is the very first module at our Cohort experience in Lagunua Beach, FL in April.  The information is at the Cohort tab under Leader Training.  We would love to have you.  It is inexpensive but definitely anything but ineffective.  God has worked in the lives of many who have attended and entered into this training.  Prayerfully consider your attendance.

Enjoy the updates for this month’s theme!

Grace and all good!

Joanne Holz, Major

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