Vic. State Command launched
On Friday, 4 February, territorial leaders Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd installed the dedicated Victoria’s State Social Command (SSC) officers. Majors Michael and Annette Coleman were joined on the solemn occasion by Majors Jenny Begent, Tracey English, Eddy Holman, Alan Meredith and Alan Milkins, and Captains Claire Emerton and Ken Smith.
Declaring that ‘we care for the whole person’, Commissioner Floyd Tidd said that ‘for some, this structure has been a dream. What has been presented is a structure, but you will make this structure come alive and see people’s lives changed.’
The SSC was presented as an opportunity to lead, not react; to integrate Salvation Army mission and offer a doorway of hope to allow access to every Salvation Army expression of that virtue; to allow for a more strategic alignment of social programs, and present one voice to governments and external stakeholders; to facilitate stronger networking, more consistent practice governance, and build stronger partnerships in the pursuit of ministry ‘to the whole person’
Following the contributions of lay staff and officers to the event. Major Michael Coleman cited Isaiah 42:18,19 and stated that ‘God’s reputation as a conservative is false; he is highly progressive.’