Life as a Salvation Army officer is never dull – well it has never been dull for me. Here I am starting my 6th year at THQ and moving to my 4th appointment in that time. So I’ll be the Business Administrator for the territory. It’s another adventure and I am thrilled to have such a strong team behind, around, in front of me!
The one thing I’ve learned about leadership is, you can never ask too many questions, you can never listen too much. So for starting in January I’ll be listening like crazy!
Thank you Lord for another learning opportunity.
It seems to me that there are many references on this blog to the fleet footed-ness of time. Of course time keeps it’s steady pace and perhaps the steadiness of it is what is really we observe. The trees will rest through the winter, we’ll close our eyes for a nap, even God rested….but time never pauses.
So we are at the end of another month. We turn the calendar page again and the month of November is before us. November has always been a month of transition for me. It’s time to prepare for Christmas, make sure that the house, car and ourselves are ready for winter weather and of course it’s time to think about what will happen in the new year!
December seems a merry month but not so November – it’s more about duty.
November does bring my sister’s birthday. Leanne is 10 years younger than me and I shall never forget her arrival. She was 4 months old when she arrived at our house. I was ectastic – I’m sure my folks were nervous! I don’t remember thinking about what she might need – for me it was all about celebration! I had wanted a brother or sister for a long time (or a puppy but that’s another story) and finally God was granting my prayer.
Leanne lives in Florida, has two wonderful children, and still holds a special place in my heart. We don’t see her much. Her trips to Canada seem far between and few, but she is always on my mind and as we approach her birthday I’ll be thinking about the February day she arrived at 204 Bond Street in Hamilton with her tiny frame, dark eyes and strong will.
So let’s get ready to change the calendar.
Today is the day…the curtain has been pulled back and the annual move list for officers is revealed. You can go here to get it.
My involvement in the process is different these days. I don’t sit at “the table” as the moves are discussed but rather I am approached by different leaders for different reasons to provide an opinion, such as “will this officer match this appointment, can this officer manage more responsibility, what do I know about this or that”…and then like most people in our system I sit back and wait to see what will become of all the conversations.
Of course Wendy and I have been on the receiving end of an appointment change many times. Last year was the very first time I received an appointment when Wendy did not. Of course what was nice was I joined her in the Corps Ministries Department! This has been a very busy and active year and I can hardly believe that a year has gone. But then as I get older time does seem to pass more quickly.
As a leader change is constant, and the task of a leader is to manage change. So here’s a few helpful tips for you if you are one of those leaders under going a change of appointment.