04 July 2018

DELEGATES to the Africa Conference for Officers (AFCO) were delighted to welcome The Salvation Army's General-elect, Commissioner Brian Peddle (Chief of the Staff) and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World Secretary for Women's Ministries). The Chief was at the gathering – in Nairobi, Kenya – to give lectures on Leadership and Management of Change, and Commissioner Rosalie made a presentation on Women in Leadership.

Focused on building African leaders across the varied African cultures, AFCO takes place every three years. Alongside intensive education the 31 delegates have opportunity to share fellowship with fellow officers who face similar challenges and opportunities. Through prayer they become co-workers in the gospel despite living in different parts of Africa. The 2018 AFCO is the 12th session.

The visiting leaders were warmly welcomed by a procession of delegates who expressed their joy through ululations and shouts of jubilation, accompanied by African dance.

Sharing knowledge and experience

In his presentation on Management of Change the Chief of the Staff highlighted that ‘the only thing constant in life is change’. He added that, when in pursuit of change, it is important to have a clear destination in mind, pointing out the need to engage in fair process through consultation with stakeholders, and that there should be full engagement in the journey through hearing and valuing every voice.

Commissioner Rosalie Peddle emphasised the need to take seriously the issue of equal opportunity in considering any leadership positions. She said that leadership development should always be made available equally for both male and female officers and argued strongly for the need to develop women officers' capabilities and commitment to mission so they can reach their full potential.

A question-and-answer session with the General-elect saw him respond to queries about ministry challenges, The Salvation Army's internationalism, and the need to enhance the movement's mission and work.

Commissioners Peddle at the African College for Officers

Renewing commitments

The second day of the visit included a ceremony at which delegates had opportunity to renew their officer's covenants. The International Secretary for Africa, Commissioner Benjamin Mnyampi, shared his covenant and the Chief of the Staff encouraged delegates to consider their own covenants, emphasising the importance of a sense of mission. A candle-lighting ceremony followed the closing challenge to go and be light in their respective countries.

From a report by Lieut-Colonel Bishow Samhika
Principal, SALT College

  • Photos from the visit are available to download from the IHQ Flickr stream: sar.my/cosafco18
Tags: Africa