I have just been reading many of the thoughts of Mark Russell in the church times.  Many are down to the question of rebranding the church army and the possibility of becoming a religious order to clarify the role that the Church Army has.

I don’t think that the militaristic image is always helpful… but we’re not a church, and we’re not an army; we’re not a church in the army and we’re not an army in the church.

…The final change Mr Russell hopes to see implemented in the organisation, is to bring all those involved in pioneer ministry into the Church Army.  Many of them currently feel isolated and unsure of their relationship with the Church of England, he says.  The Church Army would be a “natural home”.

What do we all think of these developments?