The purpose of the Spiritual Formation Program
The Spiritual Formation Program at The College for Officer Training seeks to fulfill several of the aims of training according to the The International Orders and Regulations for the Training of Salvation Army Officers:
- To provide a disciplined Christian environment designed to foster personal growth and maturity, self-discipline, and acceptance of authority.
- To provide a program intended to promote the spiritual development of cadets.
What is spiritual formation?
"Spiritual formation is the process whereby we grow in our ability to pay attention, the way we help form what God is doing. It involves all the ways we are being formed in the image of Christ in our inner life and outer ministry." (Jon Ackerman, Listening to God: Spiritual Formation in Congregations. The Alban Institute, 2001.)
The Spiritual Formation Program consists of the following elements:
- MIN 130 Spiritual Formation Course: Integral to leadership in the Christian Church is the leader’s own spiritual formation. This course gives individuals opportunity to explore and practice spiritual disciplines which nurture one’s own personal spiritual life, and which honour the ecumenical and historical tradition of the Church. The course also explores how to integrate biblical values, rhythms, and spiritual practices within the Church, in order to assist in the formation of Christian spiritual communities.
- Chapel services: Cadets have opportunity to hear and preach the Word of God, share personal testimony, and honour the Christian church calendar.
- Small groups: Cadets meet for Bible study, prayer and mutual encouragement.
- Spiritual mentoring: Cadets are assigned a prayer partner or spiritual mentor, with whom they meet with monthly to intentionally consider what God is doing in their lives and how they are growing spiritually.
- In-Sundays: Worship in the context of the CFOT community, led by Territorial leadership.
- In order to build up an ecumenical awareness, cadets attend the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the World Day of Prayer Services.
- Chapel services follow the church year, observing Advent , Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Lent and Holy Week.