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We are Better Together

We are Better Together

Recently I helped collect for our annual Red Shield Appeal as so many of you did. I found that as I took the time to engage with people in our community as a representative of The Salvation Army, that this gave me the opportunity to hear some of the stories from people who donated—how they were cared for by the Army and their lives were transformed.

All parts of our Army worked closely together for the Red Shield Appeal. We operated like a Connected Support Network (CSN): all of us working together across the motu (country) in a collaborative and connected way. Through mobilising our collective resources, we raised much-needed funds to support our mission.

A whakataukī (proverb) that encapsulates the CSN is: ‘Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia, e kore e whati’, ‘When we stand alone, we are vulnerable but together we are unbreakable’. Our ‘why’ for implementing the CSN is to deliver support that is consistent and empowers our frontline Local Mission Delivery (LMD). CSN is a whole-of-organisation headquarters, with skill-based alignment, geographically dispersed deployment and team-based delivery that is centrally coordinated. It is a de-siloed and integrated network, based on trust and clear communication that collaboratively operates in response to the needs of our mission centres, joining in where needed to ensure mission is enabled and supported.

The CSN is made up of the many services that support our mission and ministry in communities, connected by our focus on a ‘mission first’ culture. This is an example of outworking one of our values: being Connected—we are better together.

In the Bible, in Romans 12:4–5, Paul writes about being connected and coordinated: ‘Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.’ Paul goes on in verses 6–8 to speak of the different gifts God has given each of us. They are not prioritised—one is not better than the other—each of us is not more important than the next person, irrespective of position or our experiences on our journey to this point. We have many parts; however, we have one vision and mission.

We need to be coordinated as one Army that is seamless and collaborative, because we are better together.

Colonel Gerry Walker
Chief Secretary

Romans 12:4–5

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (NIV).

E rite ana hoki ki ō tātou wāhi ka maha nei i te tinana kotahi, kīhai ia i kotahi te mahi mā aua wāhi katoa. Waihoki ko tātou tokomaha nei, he tinana kotahi i roto i a te Karaiti, ko tātou takitahi ia, he wāhi tētahi nō tētahi (PT).

Me vaka sa dua bauga na yagoda, ka vuqa na tikida, ia ka sa sega ni vakaitavi vata na tikida kecega; sa vakakina koi keda, na lewe vuqa, eda sa yago vata ni da tu vata kei Karisito, eda sa veitikina vaka talega vakai keda (FOV).

Ek deñhi ke bahut hissa hei, aur i sab ke alag alag kaam hei. Wahi rakam ham log ke sañghe bhi hei. Ham to bahut hei, lekin ham sab Maseeh ke deñhi ke hissa hei, aur ek dusra ke hissa bhi hei (FRHNT).

He hange tofu pe ‘oku tau ma‘u ha kupu lahi ‘i ha fo‘i sino, ka ‘oku ‘ikai ke faiva taha ‘a e kupu kotoa pe: pehe, ko kitautolu tokolahi, ko e fo‘i sino ‘ia Kalaisi, ka ‘i he lau fakafo‘ime‘a, ko e ngaahi kupu ‘oku fekauaki (TWB).

Auā faapei o itu tino e tele i le tino e tasi, a e le tasi se faiva i itu tino uma; e faapea i tatou nei le toatele, ua tino e tasi ia Keriso, ma ua fefaafeagaiai itu tino (SOV).

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