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Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams are the Territorial Leaders for The Salvation Army in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

As a Christian leader I have to depend on God’s guidance and power in all I am and in all I do.

Based at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Southwark, London, the Commissioners have responsibility for more than 800 corps and social work centres, as well as many thousands of officers, members, lay staff and volunteers in the UK and Ireland.

Commissioner Clive Adams

I am excited that The Salvation Army is needs-based in its ministry. If we adhere to this principle each ministry unit, but especially corps, will develop into a unique living organism, being the Kingdom and bringing the Kingdom into the local setting with life, relevance and meaning.

My vision of The Salvation Army’s role in the world is of a vital, vibrant, visible Army, which is energised and invigorated by the life-giving Spirit, which is characterised by its militant aggression against all that grieves God’s heart, merciful action in our encounters with all who are in need of our soup or our soap, and missional application of Kingdom-living to point those living in darkness to the light. The Commissioner frequently shares his thoughts about life (and Manchester United) on his Insight blog...

Commissioner Marianne Adams

In every Salvation Army appointment that has been given to me I have learnt a lot about leadership and about people; and I can honestly say that I am still learning how to be a leader. You need to see and know the people you are leading. You need to know the time, context and age in which you are leading. And as a Christian leader I have to depend on God’s guidance and power in all I am and in all I do. Previous appointments have taught me this through experience, failure and example.

The Salvation Army’s focus on social justice excites me, as do renewed and changed people. Children and youth who grasp faith and hope make me very happy. New people attending our programmes is very inspiring. Faithful people who have spent days and years serving people and building the Kingdom make me humble and grateful.

It is helpful to have lived and worked in different cultures in our changing world where people are moving across borders all the time. We have so much to learn from each other and we need to help each other to understand, accept, appreciate and be enriched by each other. Cultural diversity is exciting, and I believe we will become so rich and so blessed the day we accept that. Outside of The Salvation Army the couple share a love reading and nature walks. Commissioner Clive especially loves cricket, rugby and Manchester United. Commissioner Marianne enjoys music, finding inspiration from the songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither and, as a good Scandinavian, is very fond of Abba.

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