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Update on the announcement of General Linda Bond’s retirement

14 June 2013 - 4:55pm
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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.

Comments

Submitted by janet fellows on

My heart is sadden by the retirement of General Linda Bond. What a great inspirational leader she has been. I meet her in 2012 during an Easter Campaign and found her to be so humble. Her message was unforgettable and I shall remember it forever. You will be greatly missed General by everyone. May God guide you in your retirement as he has in the past.Janet Fellows

Submitted by Roger on

A comment passed to me today, from someone that should know "She was the best and most hardworking General of Modern Times"

Submitted by Annie Bisset on

She will be sorely missed as a leader. Her humility, devotion and love was so large and evident.

Submitted by LYNN MERRY on

IM SADDENED BY THIS DECISION, I FEEL GENERAL LINDA BOND BROUGHT A BREATHE OF FRESH AIR TO THE ARMY WORLD, WHILE STILL ENCOURAGING US TO MAINTAIN OUR CORE VALUES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU GENERAL IN YOUR RETIREMENT

Submitted by Reuben Dykes on

I met General Linda Bond briefly at the Carol Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, her first Carol Concert there since she became General. Needless to say I felt like a starstruck child. I have heard the General preach many times, and she is just incredible! So sad to hear she has decided to retire! God bless you General!

Submitted by Captain Nancy S... on

I really admire and respect General Linda Bond.
She has an educator's heart which really moved me because I was a teacher prior to my officership.

General Bond was always clear and succinct in her thinking, her writing and in her role as leader of a global movement known as The Salvation Army. Linda Bond understood the importance of diversity and showed this respect to all when ministering to them. She was a hands-on General traveling thousands and thousands of miles to meet people in their environment. I can only imagine the toll this must have taken on her physically when constantly giving and giving again from her heart.

Although I have never had the privilege of meeting General Bond in person I have been challenged and inspired by her. I wish for General Bond joy, peace and God's infinite love to surround her this day and forever.

Submitted by Janet Simmons on

Just seen the news about our dear General. Please be assured of our prayers.

Submitted by Larry on

Please pray for Genera Bond. It is lonely at the top, and as a wonderful God fearing lady, we can thank Him for her ministry, leadership, and lifetime commitment.
Let us surround her with much love!
God Bless the General!

Submitted by Denise Merton on

I WAS SHOCKED,TO HEAR OF GENERAL LINDA BOND'S DECISION,TO RETIRE.WE HAD HER,AS OUR TERRITORIAL LEADER,IN THE AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TERRITORY.WE ENJOYED HER TIME,WITH US.SHE IS A VERY GOOD LEADER,AND WE CAME TO LOVE HER.I'D LIKE TO WISH THE GENERAL,ALL THE BEST,FOR HER RETIREMENT.GOD GO WITH HER,AND BLESS HER.ALL THE BEST,GENERAL LINDA BOND. DENISE MERTON

Submitted by michael procter on

I WAS SORRY TO HEAR YOU HAVE DECISION TO RETIRE GENERAL LINDA BOND BUT I PRAY GOD BLESSING UPON YOU IN RETIREMENT I MEET LINDA BOND AT HER WELCOME MEETING YOU WERE A VERY GOOD LEADER AND I THANK GOD FOR YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU IN RETIREMENT

Submitted by Armintha Walcott on

I was Saddened by your retirment but you did a good a good job for the kingdom very inspiring may God bless you always

Submitted by Captain Jude Lumb on

Wow, what an amazing leader. Your one Army, one mission, one message has brought unity and diversity within the hearts of Launceston Corps, Tasmania. It is owned and very much active, therefore a sense of being on the same page.
May God continue to work in you and bring wisdom as you enter into retirement. May The Salvation Army never loose this mission in the hearts of future Generals and leaders.
As William Booth quotes; "Others"

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