A common theme lately has been the need for partnerships in service delivery. I'm continually amazed by our failure to work in partnership with surrounding services - and in many cases even other Salvation Army services. Of course there are plenty of exceptions where numerous partnerships are working well and have been established for a long time, but this is still an area in which we can and must do much better.
There are some questions that need to be asked about how we partner and who we partner with: Does the partnering organisation share the same kind of values as The Salvation Army? Are they able to work with our client group? Can they fulfill the service needs that we require? Yet these are just the kinds of questions we need to ask more of. As much as we'd like to, we cannot be all things to all people - and need not be. Everything we do takes place in the context of a particular community and we need to acknowledge the benefits for those we work with that can arise through good partnerships.