Why Did General Linda Bond Retire?

Why Did General Linda Bond Retire?

Recently General Linda Bond shocked The Salvation Army world when she decided to end her time as General short of her full appointment and retire. International Headquarters released a note stating that she had retired after a period of reflection and prayer. No doubt this decision was not made lightly, and after serving so well I am sure many people are sad to see General Linda Bond retire.

This situation reminds me of Pope Benedict who in a very gutsy decision became the first Pope in 700 years to retire! Pope Benedict said his decision had great importance for the church, and went on to say that his failing health and strength made it too hard to do the task at hand well.

We donโ€™t know why General Linda Bond decided to retire, except that she said it was after much prayer and reflection. I believe that these two shock retirements can actually teach us a few things about God and His Mission…

 

  • These retirements show that the Great Commission of Making Disciples is more important than tradition. Both these Leaders defied traditional practice in favor of something they believed to be more important – the will of God. The Pope wanted the Catholics to keep advancing and felt he didnโ€™t have the health or strength to lead them that way. We too must make sure Making Disciples is our priority.
  • These retirements show that Organizational Loyalty must be subject to the will of God. Both leaders epitomized their respective denominations yet this meant nothing to them once they sensed God calling them to the next phase of their life. We too must make sure we are obedient to God above the organization.
  • These retirements show that the times are changing. The Catholic Church has been around for close to 2,000 years and The Salvation Army for around 150 years. As the world changes it is inevitable that Leadership and Church structures must change too. We must be pro-active in embracing change.
  • These retirements show that humility is essential in leadership. Can you imagine what the colleagues of these two leaders would be thinking? Imagine those steeped in tradition? These decisions were certainly tough and costly. To make such a decision requires enough humility to get past the naysayers. We must respect these leaders for their humble positions.
  • These retirements show that God is bigger than any box we can put Him in. Both the Catholic and Salvationist tradition believes that God chooses their leader. Therefore when a leader seems to leave prematurely we can be fooled into believing they finished too early. However, we must see that Gods ways are not our ways and He can do what He wants!

So Why did General Linda Bond and Pope Benedict retire? I believe it was because the Great Commission is bigger than our traditions, that Christian loyalty is to God above Organisation, that the times are changing, because they are humble, and because God is bigger than any box we can put Him in.


James

James is married to Sarah and has three beautiful kids. He loves life and thinks the best way to live is by having fun. Jesus is the reason he is who he is, and James is passionate about helping others experience God for themselves.

  • Conference Machona

    After all has been said & done still it doesn’t make any sense. After much prayer & reflection she decided to retire “is that the reason?”

    • Lyn Walton

      Good thoughts on transitions, which are often difficult and require a certain amount of acceptance as “the will of God for me/for us.” As is state here: “We don’t know why…” In order to go on with God, we must allow unanswered questions and a certain amount of mystery. Giving up control is hard. And if there are other times, when we believe that we have a responsibility to speak or act, we can always take our appeal to the Lord. David did in Psalms.

    • We do not always understand why people do the things they do but……………..it is not for us to understand but to support and love her for her decision. I believe, even though I am not in the Army anymore, that she is obeying what Abba has told her to do. She needs to obey GOD, not anyone or any organization. People may never know but SHE does and she is being obedient to Him. God has plans for each one of us and when we are obedient, He blesses and blesses and blesses. Thank you Father for an obedient General who listens and obeys.

    • Scott

      Well, yes, that would be the reason. If more people would pray & reflect before acting, then the world would be a much better place. I’d love to see my corps stop to pray & reflect — it’s the only way we can know God’s will for our lives. As Salvationists, isn’t our purpose in this life to bring people to a saving knowledge of Christ, disciple them and to be discipled? Do we really desire the promise of entire sanctification and radically pursue a life of holiness?

      I see General Bond’s decision as an encouragement and example to us on how to live a more holy life — pray and reflect, then act upon what God reveals to you regardless of what others will say.

    • Yeah it don’t make sense, perhaps it just got too much for her. Or she realised she was just banging her head against a brick wall called the Salvation Army Institute and they would not change so she gave up trying!

  • Mark A. Kellner

    Another perspective: The Washington Times — Questions swirl as Salvation Army leader steps down http://bit.ly/1065LNJ

    • Lyn Walton

      Good thoughts on transitions, which are often difficult and require a certain amount of acceptance as “the will of God for me/for us.” As is state here: “We don’t know why…” In order to go on with God, we must allow unanswered questions and a certain amount of mystery. Giving up control is hard. And if there are other times, when we believe that we have a responsibility to speak or act, we can always take our appeal to the Lord. David did in Psalms.

    • Lyn Walton

      Good thoughts on transitions, which are often difficult and require a certain amount of acceptance as “the will of God for me/for us.” As is state here: “We don’t know why…” In order to go on with God, we must allow unanswered questions and a certain amount of mystery. Giving up control is hard. And if there are other times, when we believe that we have a responsibility to speak or act, we can always take our appeal to the Lord. David did in Psalms.

    • We do not always understand why people do the things they do but……………..it is not for us to understand but to support and love her for her decision. I believe, even though I am not in the Army anymore, that she is obeying what Abba has told her to do. She needs to obey GOD, not anyone or any organization. People may never know but SHE does and she is being obedient to Him. God has plans for each one of us and when we are obedient, He blesses and blesses and blesses. Thank you Father for an obedient General who listens and obeys.

    • We do not always understand why people do the things they do but……………..it is not for us to understand but to support and love her for her decision. I believe, even though I am not in the Army anymore, that she is obeying what Abba has told her to do. She needs to obey GOD, not anyone or any organization. People may never know but SHE does and she is being obedient to Him. God has plans for each one of us and when we are obedient, He blesses and blesses and blesses. Thank you Father for an obedient General who listens and obeys.

    • Scott

      Well, yes, that would be the reason. If more people would pray & reflect before acting, then the world would be a much better place. I’d love to see my corps stop to pray & reflect — it’s the only way we can know God’s will for our lives. As Salvationists, isn’t our purpose in this life to bring people to a saving knowledge of Christ, disciple them and to be discipled? Do we really desire the promise of entire sanctification and radically pursue a life of holiness?

      I see General Bond’s decision as an encouragement and example to us on how to live a more holy life — pray and reflect, then act upon what God reveals to you regardless of what others will say.

    • Scott

      Well, yes, that would be the reason. If more people would pray & reflect before acting, then the world would be a much better place. I’d love to see my corps stop to pray & reflect — it’s the only way we can know God’s will for our lives. As Salvationists, isn’t our purpose in this life to bring people to a saving knowledge of Christ, disciple them and to be discipled? Do we really desire the promise of entire sanctification and radically pursue a life of holiness?

      I see General Bond’s decision as an encouragement and example to us on how to live a more holy life — pray and reflect, then act upon what God reveals to you regardless of what others will say.

    • I remind you that the Washington Times, which is different from Washington Post, is owned by Unification Church, Moonies.

      They are eager to dig out faults of Christian leaders and denominations.

      Be cautious!

      • Mark A. Kellner

        I believe the preferred term is “Unificationist,” and I should note that neither I, as the one who wrote the article in question, nor ANY of the editors involved in publishing this story are members of the Unification Church.

        And if Major Makoto is correct, perhaps he’d care to explain the two POSITIVE articles published in The Washington Times concerning the 2011 High Council and its result (both written by myself), as well as the opinion article published there last year by USA National Commander Commissioner William Roberts concerning the Army’s kettle campaign.

        To say The Washington Times is “eager to dig out faults of Christian leaders and denominations” would require some proof, which Major Makoto does not offer. In this particular instance, that “proof” does not exist.

    • Yeah it don’t make sense, perhaps it just got too much for her. Or she realised she was just banging her head against a brick wall called the Salvation Army Institute and they would not change so she gave up trying!

    • Yeah it don’t make sense, perhaps it just got too much for her. Or she realised she was just banging her head against a brick wall called the Salvation Army Institute and they would not change so she gave up trying!

  • Mark A. Kellner

    Another perspective: The Washington Times — Questions swirl as Salvation Army leader steps down http://bit.ly/1065LNJ

    • I remind you that the Washington Times, which is different from Washington Post, is owned by Unification Church, Moonies.

      They are eager to dig out faults of Christian leaders and denominations.

      Be cautious!

      • Mark A. Kellner

        I believe the preferred term is “Unificationist,” and I should note that neither I, as the one who wrote the article in question, nor ANY of the editors involved in publishing this story are members of the Unification Church.

        And if Major Makoto is correct, perhaps he’d care to explain the two POSITIVE articles published in The Washington Times concerning the 2011 High Council and its result (both written by myself), as well as the opinion article published there last year by USA National Commander Commissioner William Roberts concerning the Army’s kettle campaign.

        To say The Washington Times is “eager to dig out faults of Christian leaders and denominations” would require some proof, which Major Makoto does not offer. In this particular instance, that “proof” does not exist.

  • Mark A. Kellner

    Another perspective: The Washington Times — Questions swirl as Salvation Army leader steps down http://bit.ly/1065LNJ

    • I remind you that the Washington Times, which is different from Washington Post, is owned by Unification Church, Moonies.

      They are eager to dig out faults of Christian leaders and denominations.

      Be cautious!

      • Mark A. Kellner

        I believe the preferred term is “Unificationist,” and I should note that neither I, as the one who wrote the article in question, nor ANY of the editors involved in publishing this story are members of the Unification Church.

        And if Major Makoto is correct, perhaps he’d care to explain the two POSITIVE articles published in The Washington Times concerning the 2011 High Council and its result (both written by myself), as well as the opinion article published there last year by USA National Commander Commissioner William Roberts concerning the Army’s kettle campaign.

        To say The Washington Times is “eager to dig out faults of Christian leaders and denominations” would require some proof, which Major Makoto does not offer. In this particular instance, that “proof” does not exist.

  • Deborah Hope

    Linda Bond – as per the announcement from IHQ ‘relinquished’ her position as General. The fact that she was old enough to retire was secondary. If she had simply ‘retired’ she wouldn’t have vanished overnight! End of!

  • Deborah Hope

    Linda Bond – as per the announcement from IHQ ‘relinquished’ her position as General. The fact that she was old enough to retire was secondary. If she had simply ‘retired’ she wouldn’t have vanished overnight! End of!

  • Deborah Hope

    Linda Bond – as per the announcement from IHQ ‘relinquished’ her position as General. The fact that she was old enough to retire was secondary. If she had simply ‘retired’ she wouldn’t have vanished overnight! End of!

  • Albert Hall

    I can only assume it’s got something to do with TSA in Zimbabwe. The deceit and corruption would send anyone mad.

  • Albert Hall

    I can only assume it’s got something to do with TSA in Zimbabwe. The deceit and corruption would send anyone mad.

  • Albert Hall

    I can only assume it’s got something to do with TSA in Zimbabwe. The deceit and corruption would send anyone mad.

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    Thanks for your comments,

    God is good ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thanks for your comments,

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  • Kelvin

    I would really like to know why Linda Bond “resigned or relinquished” her position. An answer to this would allay many questions.

    I would also like to know if she now receives retirement benefits from TSA. As I understand it, if any other serving Officer resigns before they retire – even if they are of retirement age – they given up any retirement benefits.

  • Kelvin

    I would really like to know why Linda Bond “resigned or relinquished” her position. An answer to this would allay many questions.

    I would also like to know if she now receives retirement benefits from TSA. As I understand it, if any other serving Officer resigns before they retire – even if they are of retirement age – they given up any retirement benefits.

  • Kelvin

    I would really like to know why Linda Bond “resigned or relinquished” her position. An answer to this would allay many questions.

    I would also like to know if she now receives retirement benefits from TSA. As I understand it, if any other serving Officer resigns before they retire – even if they are of retirement age – they given up any retirement benefits.

  • Terence Carpenter

    I understand that Linda Bond endeavoured to introduce the ‘One Army – One Mission (which she introduced to the Australian Eastern Territory)concept internationally…..but it’s difficult to change the thinking of the ‘establishment’!

  • Terence Carpenter

    I understand that Linda Bond endeavoured to introduce the ‘One Army – One Mission (which she introduced to the Australian Eastern Territory)concept internationally…..but it’s difficult to change the thinking of the ‘establishment’!

  • Terence Carpenter

    I understand that Linda Bond endeavoured to introduce the ‘One Army – One Mission (which she introduced to the Australian Eastern Territory)concept internationally…..but it’s difficult to change the thinking of the ‘establishment’!

  • Albert Hall

    The reason seems to be tied up with the whistle blowing by Paul Thistle at Howard Hospital and the actions of some African Commissioners. The Zimbabwean and Canadian press can fill in most of the details. Linda Bond was also the beneficiary of Joan Kroc’s will and therefore resigned for a year to be able to accept the cash.

  • Albert Hall

    The reason seems to be tied up with the whistle blowing by Paul Thistle at Howard Hospital and the actions of some African Commissioners. The Zimbabwean and Canadian press can fill in most of the details. Linda Bond was also the beneficiary of Joan Kroc’s will and therefore resigned for a year to be able to accept the cash.

  • Albert Hall

    The reason seems to be tied up with the whistle blowing by Paul Thistle at Howard Hospital and the actions of some African Commissioners. The Zimbabwean and Canadian press can fill in most of the details. Linda Bond was also the beneficiary of Joan Kroc’s will and therefore resigned for a year to be able to accept the cash.

  • General Bond was FORCED to retire. Because she was female her appointment was resented. In Australia; female officer lost their positions or were downgraded. In Australia many thousands of children suffered sexual, physical and mental abuse whilst they were inmates in the Salvation Army institutions. In the Senate Inquiry in 2004 the Salvation Army Gill Memorial Home for Boys was found to be the worst institution in Australia. The abuse was covered up by the Salvation Army. In Australia, General Bond recognised the abuse and the cover-up. She wanted to make adequate damages payments and give ex-gratia payments. This was strongly opposed in Australia and a statement was made by the Salvation Army: “We do not have to honour a promise”. This was rigidly enforced by a former NSW police officer, who had left the NSW police force rather than face an internal inquiry into his activities; he has been given a high position within the Salvation Army – even though he is not a member of the Salvation Army and belongs to a church group which is not sympathetic to the Salvation Army. A Royal Commission has been established in Australia and included in its Letters Patent is the direction to carry out a full investigation into the Salvation Army’s abuse of children whilst they were in the Salvation Army institutions.
    Whilst Linda Bond was in Canada she was in charge and children were sexually and physically abused. Linda Bond did nothing and covered it up. In Australia the same thing went on.. It is a criminal offence to not report the offence. The person failing to obey the law faces prosecution. Following a trial of a Salvation Army officer in Canada, the trial JUDGE made a comment to that effect. Linda Bond was hurriedly transferred to the UK. However, if she returns to Canadian soil she may face prosecution;
    General Linda Bond, whilst in Australia, did set about attempting to improve the image of its organisation and attempted account to the Australian public for the vast amounts of money it received from Government and the public. Her attempts were not successful.
    Summing up: Linda Bond is a good person, with integrity, but is submissive to men who hold office and she is not prepared to confront them.
    The Salvation Army has reached its peak and is now in decline.

    • admin

      I like to allow as many comments to be published on here, however the ones that simply slander others will not be accepted. I’ve allowed this comment for now, bit I’m not convinced much of is fact…

      Thanks for commenting.

  • General Bond was FORCED to retire. Because she was female her appointment was resented. In Australia; female officer lost their positions or were downgraded. In Australia many thousands of children suffered sexual, physical and mental abuse whilst they were inmates in the Salvation Army institutions. In the Senate Inquiry in 2004 the Salvation Army Gill Memorial Home for Boys was found to be the worst institution in Australia. The abuse was covered up by the Salvation Army. In Australia, General Bond recognised the abuse and the cover-up. She wanted to make adequate damages payments and give ex-gratia payments. This was strongly opposed in Australia and a statement was made by the Salvation Army: “We do not have to honour a promise”. This was rigidly enforced by a former NSW police officer, who had left the NSW police force rather than face an internal inquiry into his activities; he has been given a high position within the Salvation Army – even though he is not a member of the Salvation Army and belongs to a church group which is not sympathetic to the Salvation Army. A Royal Commission has been established in Australia and included in its Letters Patent is the direction to carry out a full investigation into the Salvation Army’s abuse of children whilst they were in the Salvation Army institutions.
    Whilst Linda Bond was in Canada she was in charge and children were sexually and physically abused. Linda Bond did nothing and covered it up. In Australia the same thing went on.. It is a criminal offence to not report the offence. The person failing to obey the law faces prosecution. Following a trial of a Salvation Army officer in Canada, the trial JUDGE made a comment to that effect. Linda Bond was hurriedly transferred to the UK. However, if she returns to Canadian soil she may face prosecution;
    General Linda Bond, whilst in Australia, did set about attempting to improve the image of its organisation and attempted account to the Australian public for the vast amounts of money it received from Government and the public. Her attempts were not successful.
    Summing up: Linda Bond is a good person, with integrity, but is submissive to men who hold office and she is not prepared to confront them.
    The Salvation Army has reached its peak and is now in decline.

    • admin

      I like to allow as many comments to be published on here, however the ones that simply slander others will not be accepted. I’ve allowed this comment for now, bit I’m not convinced much of is fact…

      Thanks for commenting.

  • General Bond was FORCED to retire. Because she was female her appointment was resented. In Australia; female officer lost their positions or were downgraded. In Australia many thousands of children suffered sexual, physical and mental abuse whilst they were inmates in the Salvation Army institutions. In the Senate Inquiry in 2004 the Salvation Army Gill Memorial Home for Boys was found to be the worst institution in Australia. The abuse was covered up by the Salvation Army. In Australia, General Bond recognised the abuse and the cover-up. She wanted to make adequate damages payments and give ex-gratia payments. This was strongly opposed in Australia and a statement was made by the Salvation Army: “We do not have to honour a promise”. This was rigidly enforced by a former NSW police officer, who had left the NSW police force rather than face an internal inquiry into his activities; he has been given a high position within the Salvation Army – even though he is not a member of the Salvation Army and belongs to a church group which is not sympathetic to the Salvation Army. A Royal Commission has been established in Australia and included in its Letters Patent is the direction to carry out a full investigation into the Salvation Army’s abuse of children whilst they were in the Salvation Army institutions.
    Whilst Linda Bond was in Canada she was in charge and children were sexually and physically abused. Linda Bond did nothing and covered it up. In Australia the same thing went on.. It is a criminal offence to not report the offence. The person failing to obey the law faces prosecution. Following a trial of a Salvation Army officer in Canada, the trial JUDGE made a comment to that effect. Linda Bond was hurriedly transferred to the UK. However, if she returns to Canadian soil she may face prosecution;
    General Linda Bond, whilst in Australia, did set about attempting to improve the image of its organisation and attempted account to the Australian public for the vast amounts of money it received from Government and the public. Her attempts were not successful.
    Summing up: Linda Bond is a good person, with integrity, but is submissive to men who hold office and she is not prepared to confront them.
    The Salvation Army has reached its peak and is now in decline.

    • admin

      I like to allow as many comments to be published on here, however the ones that simply slander others will not be accepted. I’ve allowed this comment for now, bit I’m not convinced much of is fact…

      Thanks for commenting.

  • C.Barrett (Ms )

    As a Salvationist I to questioned why Linda Bond retired early which came as a complete surprise especially as I recall many of her Salvation Army sermons ie at the RAH and the like. I was always very moved by her personal words reaching out to all of us Salvationists to listen and recognise that still small voice to serve the Lord with all our Hearts, Souls and voices” Him only shalt though serve”

    • Albert Hall

      Sometimes the still small voice is deafened by the strong voice of a Joan Kroc legacy.

  • C.Barrett (Ms )

    As a Salvationist I to questioned why Linda Bond retired early which came as a complete surprise especially as I recall many of her Salvation Army sermons ie at the RAH and the like. I was always very moved by her personal words reaching out to all of us Salvationists to listen and recognise that still small voice to serve the Lord with all our Hearts, Souls and voices” Him only shalt though serve”

    • Albert Hall

      Sometimes the still small voice is deafened by the strong voice of a Joan Kroc legacy.

  • C.Barrett (Ms )

    As a Salvationist I to questioned why Linda Bond retired early which came as a complete surprise especially as I recall many of her Salvation Army sermons ie at the RAH and the like. I was always very moved by her personal words reaching out to all of us Salvationists to listen and recognise that still small voice to serve the Lord with all our Hearts, Souls and voices” Him only shalt though serve”

    • Albert Hall

      Sometimes the still small voice is deafened by the strong voice of a Joan Kroc legacy.

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