Following a period of personal reflection and prayer, world leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond, has come to a decision, effective 13 June 2013, to relinquish the Office of the General and enter into retirement.
Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army UK and Ireland Territory, Commissioner Clive Adams, asks that we pray for General Linda Bond as she commences a new phase in her life, following her personal decision to retire.
“General Bond felt it was vital that we serve the world by uniting in common mission as one Army, sharing the same message of transformation. She has inspired many salvationists around the world in her call to be One Army with one Mission and One Message, serving with a caring attitude and a love of God.
She led with all the spirit and fire of The Army and her passion for Jesus and for mission was clearly evident. She will be missed.” Commissioner Adams said.
Over the past 44 years of fulltime ministry, the General has diligently and faithfully served Jesus Christ in various appointments within The Salvation Army, both locally in corps appointments as well as more senior leadership positions, including her appointment as Commander of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory in 2008 up until her election as General in 2011.
In accordance and as required by the constitution of The Salvation Army, contained in the Salvation Army Act 1980 (UK), the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner André Cox, will perform the functions of the General pending the election of a new General.
The Chief of the Staff will also shortly be calling a High Council to elect the new General. A further announcement regarding that High Council will be made in due course.
“May we all look forward to building on the mission focus from General Linda Bond.” Said Commissioner Adams.