Wednesday, October 3, 2007

ACC has begun

a Jesus thought...
O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. (Matthew 26:39)

a Godly thought...
The first part of the process of holiness often involves significant struggle with the patterns that have become habituated within our bodies as a result of the sin-nature. (p41 Webb)

a leading thought... from 21 indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John Maxwell
If a leader's actions and intentions are continually working against each other, then look to his character to find out why. (p4 Maxwell)

a Dave thought...
Yesterday many have said was the best ACC day on record in 7 years!

At the officers day General Eva said we need catalyst officers who are...

  1. Ministry minded
  2. Culturally sensitive
  3. Theologically balanced
  4. Evangelistically passionate
  5. Holy Spirit empowered

Jeff Lucas said structure and leadership is important but the problem is when the skeleton is on the outside instead of the inside. He also said if we have a brain cell and a bible we will have questions and we need places to flesh them out, like ACC. Another line worth quoting is that Gods will is not a tightrope that we try and balance on but rather a field to work in.

Paul Moulds said leadership style doesn't concern him as much as leadership direction. he then outlined that unless we get serious about who we are a movement for the lost, the last & the least we will either become like any other church or our church wing dies and we are left with just the social arm. He went on to tell some stories of Arthur S. Arnott in the early 1900's who ministered from the training barracks even inviting the drunkards back to have a bath and then sleep there for the night. Would the cadets need to get permission to do that today and would be proud of them and encourage them to live out this passion for the marginalised? It is going to take some board meetings to allow this to happen again but somehow we need to get back there.

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...


Sounds an interesting idea that cadets bring a person who is drunk or even spaced out on drugs back to the college for the night.

Question: are you willing to start the ball rolling and leading by example by taking them home to you house?

Anonymous said...

General Eva makes an interesting point - does she mean that an officer ought to have all five skills? I hope not because it would be unreasonable to expect that all these skills will reside in one individual, which is why leadership needs to be team-based rather than solo effort. Why? Because different situations require distinctive leadership gifts. Complex challenges require a range of leadership expertise, necessitating a team approach.
As for the activities of past leaders and how they took drunks home etc - experience shows such an approach today is not necessarily applicable across time - all too often we are dealing with a very different different set of complexities. Things are not always as straight forward as iy might appear.