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School for Officer Training

Developing empowered Salvation Army officers who make their mark by living out God’s mission, compassion and love

The School for Officer Training is about called people dedicating two years of their life to be trained for a lifetime of ministering the gospel. It is intense and challenging, purpose built and designed, evolving and exciting. And it is deeply rewarding.


The mission of the School for Officer Training is developing the character and capacity of cadets to become empowering spiritual leaders through the integration of their theological understanding, ministry skills and spiritual maturity. 


The School's philosophy is that the training of cadets for Salvation Army officership should produce officers who

Know God
Know themselves and
Know their mission

Such training is based on the belief that there are three dimensions which need to be integrated to achieve effective officer formation.  Training therefore needs to facilitate the ability to:

Become – through spiritual formation
Understand – through theological and academic endeavour
Act – through ministry skills development

This leads to the three areas of formation in the training program

Spiritual Maturity
Theological Understanding
Ministry Skills

What we do

The School facilitates the growth of cadets by building their relationship and understanding of God through personal devotions, small groups and corporate worship. Programs and mission trips allow for practical involvement and leadership development while the cadets study at Booth College School for Christian Studies to graduate with an undergraduate degree as part of their theological formation. All this forms part of the cadets two-year study to ensure that cadets are equipped for life, mission and ministry.

Cadets can train through the School's residential program where cadets stay at the Booth College Bexley North campus or they can continue in ministry and learn as Cadets in Appointment (CIA).

If God has called you to full time ministry in The Salvation Army, then that calling includes the School for Officer Training(SFOT). Know more about officership and the dedicated team who empower the cadets to live out God's mission. 

Read what Rachel Knight from Joyful Intercessors session has to say about her journey to become an officer. 

location 120 Kingsland Road, BEXLEY NORTH NSW 2207 AUSTRALIA
phone +61 (02) 9502 1777 

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