What do I need to know?
Officers of The Salvation Army are soldiers who have relinquished secular employment in response to a spiritual calling, so as to devote all their time and energies to the service of God and the people and who, having successfully completed the required period of training, are commissioned as officers and ordained as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Do I need to go to school for training to become a Salvation Army Officer?
Salvation Army Officers are trained for service at the College for Officer Training for two years. This is part of a five year program. The residential component involves theological, denominational and service training. During the two year residential program you hold the rank of Cadet.
How does the rank system work?
Soldiers are the people who we rely upon in our corps (churches) to work locally under the leadership of Officers! Soldiers, upon successful application for training and admission to the College for Officer Training, are given the rank of Cadet. Upon successful completion of the two year CFOT program they are commissioned and ordained with the rank of Lieutenant. Officers serve five years before being promoted to Captain. Officers who have served sixteen years are promoted to the rank of Major. Further promotions to Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Commissioner are dependant upon responsibilities within The Salvation Army.
If I am married, do both husband and wife have to become Salvation Army Officers?
There is no greater opportunity than to serve God with the person you love the most. Couples need to be on the same page when it comes to serving God. The norm remains serving as a couple, however application may be made to serve without your spouse also becoming a Salvation Army Officer. This is entitled Single Spouse service and details are available during the application process.
I have already done theological study. Do I still need to go to the College for Officer Training?
There is much more to training as a Salvation Army Officer than theology. The staff at CFOT will work with you in the development of a training program that serves your personal growth.
Where will I serve as an Officer?
The Salvation Army is divided globally into Territories. This Territory is the Canada and Bermuda Territory. You will be asked to serve in any part of Canada or Bermuda. As The Salvation Army is a global movement, you may also have opportunity to serve in other parts of the world if you have the right qualifications.
What kinds of opportunities are there for Officers in service?
Salvation Army Officers serve in a variety of roles. Some are leaders of congregations, some work with children. Some Officers lead Social Service units that serve the addicted or people who are in trouble with the Law. Some Salvation Army Officers work with seniors and some in administrative roles. Together Salvation Army Officers serve the people of Canada and Bermuda.
Do I have a say in where I will serve as a Salvation Army Officer?
The need to have the right Salvation Army Officer in the right appointment is critical to the success of our mission. This Territory makes every effort to dialogue with Officers in making decisions regarding the when and where of locating Officers. While not every wish or desire can be accommodated, consultation does help in the placement of personnel.
I just want to get into ministry! Do I have to go to school….for two years?
While The Salvation Army is a church movement called to action, we hold strongly to the need for trained ministers of The Gospel. Our work is ministering to people and their lives, which can be a fragile moments. We want you to be prepared as best you can to help in those challenging moments. One of The Salvation Army’s values is excellence and we want to uphold this value.
I am a single parent – can I be a Salvation Army Officer?
Raising children is not only a great privilege but also a tremendous responsibility. At times being an officer is demanding and consequently some family situations may not be conducive to this lifestyle. With each application, consideration is given to the age of the children, number of children and extended family circumstances.
What happens to my children while I am training?
The College assists parents in the arrangements for their children, either in schooling or in Day Care. Go here for further information.
Do all Cadets become Officers?
The purpose of the training program is to equip people for ministry. However, during training it can become evident that some people are not suited for this kind of demanding ministry. In these circumstances, an exit strategy will be determined with consultation between the cadet and the staff.
Where do I start the application process?
Join your local Salvation Army Corps (church) and become an active Soldier (member). In time, with the help of your Corps Officer you can submit an application to become a Candidate.
How long does the application process take?
You will need to give yourself at least 6 months to complete the process. There will be a variety of tests and interviews as part of the candidate process. This includes a course (distance learning) that will need to be completed.
When does training begin after my acceptance?
All training sessions are done in cohort form beginning in September of the year. Acceptance needs to be completed by June at the very latest prior to the September of entrance.
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