19 January 2015

THE 46th meeting of the General’s Consultative Council (GCC) convened in London, United Kingdom, with the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner William A. Roberts, presiding.

Commissioner Silvia Cox, World President of Women’s Ministries, opened the GCC, speaking from Psalm 119 and then reading a letter of thanks and encouragement from General André Cox prior to the Chief assuming responsibility for chairing the Council in the General’s absence.

Delegates to the GCC represent the five Salvation Army Zones (Africa, Americas and Caribbean, Europe, South Asia, and South Pacific and East Asia) as well as International Headquarters (IHQ). In total, 29 international leaders and senior IHQ commissioners, as well as 14 IHQ team members, who are part of the Accountability Working Group, are meeting from Monday to Thursday this week under the theme of Accountability and Impact Measurement.

In his keynote address, read by the Chief of the Staff, the General addressed the importance of The Salvation Army’s ‘accountability movement which includes four pillars: governance, safeguarding (including child protection), impact measurement, and finance’. The General went on to say that, ‘our leadership certainly only discovers its true sense and purpose as we are able to empower others and mobilise our people fully’.

Delegates to the GCC will consider presentations on the four pillars and, in turn, will make recommendations to the General and the International Management Council regarding an implementation process. The Council members solicit your prayerful support as they convene and adjudicate on these vitally important issues.

Report by Major John P. Murray
International Headquarters

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