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Eva Burrows College trains and develops the character and capacity of individuals wanting to become Salvation Army officers, training them to be empowered spiritual leaders who impact the world with Jesus Christ’s mission, compassion and love.

Every leader needs the right setting to flourish. Officership provides an amazing environment for ministry leaders to grow and thrive, to live out God’s purpose in one’s life, and to lead and serve others well. If you have a growing sense that God is calling you into full-time ministry or feel led to serve him in some way, we invite you to have a chat with us and we can explore the call together.

Cadet Wayne CollyerOfficer Formation has been a positive experience for me at Eva Burrows College. I have been able to participate in a personalised training program that balances my practical and ‘on the job’ learning with my personal and spiritual development while also working towards my higher education degree. I have been well supported on this journey by the Officer Formation team and have valued having an individualised training officer to advocate for me and support me throughout my time at Eva Burrows College.

Cadet Wayne Collyer, Messengers of Grace 2019


FAQs about becoming an Officer in The Salvation Army

What is a Salvation Army officer?

Officers are the equivalent of full-time clergy in other Christian denominations. A person must be a soldier of The Salvation Army before they can become an officer. An officer is a full-time minister of religion - trained and commissioned (ordained) by The Salvation Army - and is committed to the wider vision of The Salvation Army.

What is Officership?

Officership refers to the period of active service of an officer who is an ordained minister of The Salvation Army. It provides an amazing environment for ministry leaders to grow and thrive, to live out God’s purpose in one’s life, and to lead and serve others well. Your availability to go where and when there is a need is what sets officership apart from other forms of ministry leadership in the Salvation Army. 

What happens after the training?

After ordination, officers are appointed to various roles in The Salvation Army across Australia, which could include church leadership, social programs, or management according to their skills and experiences.

Why become a Salvation Army officer?

A Salvation Army officer is someone who wants to be a change agent in the world today by making a difference in the lives of people and bringing about transformation in communities by living out God’s mission, compassion and love. This form of spiritual leadership covers an amazing variety of roles from corps officership (leading a local congregation) through to chaplaincy and social services. Some describe it as a “calling”; that deep sense that God
is calling you out of one vocation to another and for some the calling is to full-time ministry as a Salvation Army officer.

How does Eva Burrows College equip you for life as an officer in The Salvation Army?

The Eva Burrows College Officer Formation Team is responsible for training people to become officers. We are committed to a training model that is holistic, individualised, marked by flexibility, and case managed. 

In our approach to training, we recognise that ‘one size’ does not fit all. Officers are formed not by a focus upon a few areas of personal preference and expertise, but by engaging in a holistic approach that considers the breadth of who we are as individuals and the complexity of officership today.

Also, officers in their first five years will continue to be supported by the Officer Formation Team who are here to encourage every graduate to build on the foundations laid during their time as a cadet.

What is the three-fold formation of training?

The holistic approach of training officers of The Salvation Army is delivered through a threefold process which integrates theological and educational formation, personal and spiritual formation and mission and ministry formation.

  • Personal and Spiritual 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.


Learn more about becoming an officer.

If you have a growing sense that God is calling you into full-time ministry or feel led to serve him in some way, contact us on:
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