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Being Fit for Mission

Two years ago, we embarked on a detailed listening project to engage our dedicated officers and employees in looking at how we support our mission to transform the lives of individuals and communities as a Christian church and charity in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Far more than a review, holding a mirror up to our organisation was an essential exercise to ensure that we remain relevant in a rapidly changing world with so many needs and opportunities. 

The solutions presented in the booklet are built on the results of more than two years of research and dialogue with several thousand people from all aspects of the Army and provides a brief summary of changes from July 2016 onwards brought about by the Fit for Mission (FFM) transformation journey we’ve been travelling as a territory.

Being fit for mission is to ensure all aspects of The Salvation Army are as effective as they can be in reaching out relevantly to people with the transforming message of God's good news of salvation for all.

To become fit for mission we will:

  • Nurture a culture of mutual accountability so our behaviours match our values, leading to trust and integrity among our people.
  • Give pre-eminence to the local setting and empower rather than take control. This driving principle of FFM leads to new ways of enabling, resourcing, planning and measuring front line mission to improve our ability to serve others.
  • Establish new divisional boundaries and staff structures to increase the ability of divisional teams to provide training, support and pastoral care.
  • Reorganise and simplify operational and administrative services to be more responsive to the needs of front line corps and centres.