Greetings fellow Salvationists and friends!
I wanted to delve into the topic of the High Council in this post, and perhaps share in your thoughts, opinions and hopes for what is to come. It has been announced that in May of this year (2018), the High Council will convene to prayerfully elect new General of The Salvation Army. I have seen some interesting polls being passed around on social media as to who the new General might be, and perhaps who some hope it will be. What we know is that Territorial leaders from around the world have been summoned and will travel to London, they will meet at the Renaissance Hotel near Heathrow Airport. This is the second time that this location has been used for the convening of the High Council.
3 Observations About The Salvation Army High Council & Election of our new General…
1. Fastest Growing Regions…
It would be quite remarkable if the new General were to come from a place in the world where the Army is growing in leaps and bounds. Countries in Africa and South America, and Asia spring to mind. Isn’t it interesting that the Army is growing remarkably well in many places where financial resources are thin or nonexistent? There is something to be learned in this, and perhaps we shall explore that topic another day. But, the High Council were to elect our new General from one of these regions, it would certainly be remarkable and offer a true representation of a growing army.
2. The Majority – A Safe Election…
A vast majority of our Generals have been Westerners. I am not saying this as an incendiary comment, it is simply fact. The top percentage of our international leaders are those who hale from the Americas, Australia and the United Kingdom, save for a few. This is not to say that there are not leaders who come from other regions in the world, but by and large most are Westerners. This is where a majority of the Army’s funds come from, where world services support is raised. I do not presume to know much of the politics in our army, but I do know that prosperous territories generally have a larger, albeit unspoken, sway to how the army operates. The power of the resource can often dictate the direction in which those resources are utilized in the world for the purpose of the army. Thus, if this was to be a “safe” election at High Council, the election choice could follow suit of so many other past Generals in terms of nationality and region of origin.
3. The Holy Spirit…
I have been told by multiple sources that these places of election have also been very holy places of worship first and foremost. It is not that these spaces were already sacred, but rather the leaders who come to High Council do so in prayerful reverence and at the moving of the Holy Spirit. If we are truly a holiness movement, then it would make sense that our seats of highest authority be seats of holiness and humility. Is it always so? Of course not, but may we as an army place this event into our prayers and ask the Holy Spirit to lead those who will come to High Council. Secondly, may we fervently pray for our next General! When we allow the Holy Spirit to move within our army, all other agendas and ambitions will fade and His direction will provide us the appropriate leader for such a time as this.
It’s Your Turn…
What are your thoughts on High Council?
What do you expect to see coming from the election of our new General?
Does this have any impact on your life, or the life of your home corps?
Is there a need for a more aggressive mission and vision in our army today? If so, what should this more aggressive mission and vision be? Tell us what YOU think in your comments below either via this blog page or on this social media thread.
Additional News Links on this topic:
Wikipedia on High Council
Something more for our Army to ponder today.
-God Bless you!