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Leadership and the Christian Officer

[…]Encourage and praise progress. Try to make subordinates successful at their jobs, and then give them the credit. If they do well, the commander will do well, and get credit also. Leadership Requirements at Different Levels There is a real difference in applied leadership at various levels. Tactical and strategic principles are the same; soldiers, sailors and airmen are basically the same. It is the circumstances that are different and therefore require different applications of the basic principles. At lower unit levels problems are tangible and immediate. The commander and subordinates are face-to-face with them. The commander has close personal […]

Unity of Command

[…]through the chain of command; this is called centralized control with de-centralized execution. The theory is that there is control at the top but freedom down the line at each echelon for individual commanders to make decisions. This builds trust up and down the chain of command and produces freedom and flexibility throughout all of the force structures. Let’s apply this spiritually by looking at the Trinity and the Body of Christ. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus stated that all authority was given to Him. He also said in the Gospels that He always obeyed the Father–doing nothing on His own […]

Support Your Chaplain

[…]commissioned to plan, coordinate, and lead toward that goal. Chaplains have assistants; together they form “Religious Support Teams” (“Religious Support in Joint Operations” Joint Publication 1-05). A chaplain’s tasks and responsibilities include advisory leadership, religious ministries and accommodation, outreach, pastoral care, training and education, and supervision and management. Commanders are vested with the responsibility for and authority over all religious activities on the base. Military chaplains are the commanders’ representatives and staff officers designated to provide spiritual opportunities for military people and support for their religious needs. According to Romans 13, Christians are called to submit to and support that […]

Some Thoughts for Christians

[…]or a brother-in-Christ who is a good man and a hard worker, but just isn’t the natural leader the other man is. Which one would you select? In choosing leaders for the church, their beliefs and quality of Christian walk ought to be our first criteria. But in selecting leaders for our secular society they ought to be a factor we consider, but not the only factor. Finally, let us consider how politics can relate to evangelism. A person comes to our church, chapel, or OCF small group because he is curious, has been invited by a friend, or is […]

Professional Perspectives for Senior Officers

[…]commensurate with your position and spiritual maturity. In summary, we want to help you strengthen the meshing of your faith with your professional attitudes and actions so that you may reflect the character of God. Your senior position will place increased demands upon you professionally, and upon your family–perhaps at a time when your children may be experiencing critical transition points in life. Setting priorities for your time and attention will often be difficult. Our intent is not to overburden you with organizational demands, but to encourage you to view new circumstances as opportunities for ministry to individuals and families […]
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Soldiers of Faith: Washington

[…]USA In his lengthy treatise On War Carl von Clausewitz stated that most of the subjects on the theory of war were half physical and half moral. “We might say the physical are almost no more than the wooden handle, whilst the moral are the noble metal, the real bright-polished weapon,” he wrote. While he concluded that the realm of the talents of the commander included virtue of the army and national feeling, he missed the chance to capture by historical example a general that embodied such moral force in action. George Washington was a great commander because he acted […]
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