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Officer Formation

Developing empowered Salvation Army officers who know God, know themseleves and know their mission

Officer formation 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.


Officer formation facilitates environments for the formation of individuals as Salvation Army officers of Christlike character who are innovative leaders, Spirit led and functionally equipped for current and emerging contexts, who love God, understand themselves and live God's mission. 

What we do

We partner with you to facilitate and offer an environment of growth by building a relationship and understanding of God through personal devotions, small groups and corporate worship. two-stage training program, placements and mission trips. The learning environment allows for practical ministry involvement and leadership development as the cadets study at Eva Burrows College to graduate with either an undergraduate or postgraduate award  as part of their theological and educational formation. 

Cadets can train through the college's residential program or through an alternate pathway. 

All pathways lead to the completion of the Certificate of Salvation Army Officer Training and are full time programs.

Auxiliary-Lieutenants could be another pathway as they fulfil the duties usually undertaken by a commissioned officer within an appointment. They are spiritual leaders within The Salvation Army, and have a minimum three-year commitment to complete appointment specific training tailored to individual strengths and development needs.

Training Program

Spiritual and Personal Formation:

Our focus is upon deepening your self-knowledge as well as your responsiveness to the gracious presence of God in your life and your practice of key spiritual disciplines. A range of opportunities (from class based to experiential practices to personal reflection) will all contribute to this process.

Theological and Educational Formation:

Our focus is upon developing a required level of educational and theological literacy. Key educational units will help you to develop the broad theoretical foundation which will serve as the building blocks for your future learning, intentional reflection, and practice of mission and ministry.

Mission and Ministry Formation:

Our focus is upon engaging with a variety of mission and ministry opportunities and contexts to apply learning in practice. Though it is a learning environment the opportunities for mission and ministry are in real settings and will be a key element of training.

Explore the Calling

Know more about officership and how to begin your journey towards officership.

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

location 100 Maidstone Street, Ringwood Victoria 3134
phone +61 3 9847 5400 

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