Curriculum

  • The Evangeline Booth College School for Officer Training develops a curriculum of coursework for Cadets according to the following goals and objectives, taken directly from the School for Officer Training Curriculum Statement.

    THE SCHOOL FOR OFFICER TRAINING MISSION AND GOALS

    • The “Supreme Aim of Training” is:

    To develop officers possessing such blood and fire spirit that they will be enabled to sustain and advance the interest of The Salvation Army.”Orders and Regulations for Training of Salvation Army Officers (London, 1972)

    • The School for Officer Training also endeavors to instill in cadets the importance of ministering to the whole person and every aspect of human life.  This is to be accomplished through the integration of the various programs/services of The Salvation Army; whereby the programs are merely a vehicle to accomplish the singular purpose of ministering the love and healing of our Lord Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world.
    • At Commissioning a cadet will be functional at the entry level of officership.

    In order to train and commission persons who will become this kind of officer, The School for Officer Training has established the following objectives to develop in our future officers:

     

    • Single-minded devotion to doing the will of God in every aspect of life by honest self-evaluation and pursuit of spiritual, personal, and professional growth;
    • Likeness to Jesus Christ (holiness), genuine humility, and a mind-set of compassionate service;
    • Wholesome habits, attitudes, and relationships leading to a health of body, mind, and spirit;
    • Commitment to the Salvationist mission;
    • A basic foundation in biblical study and scholarship;
    • The ability to exercise compassion in ways that truly help, that neither require nor beg reciprocation, and that are blind to status, physical presentation, race, creed, or culture;
    • Leadership characterized by courage, competence, and compassion;
    • The ability to envision God’s future, communicate it to soldiery, and motivate them to pursue it;
    • The capacity to be responsible, effective stewards of all the resources with which the Lord has entrusted them for the growth of the Kingdom of God;
    • The skills and information needed to administer a corps operation effectively;
    • A practical plan for evangelizing and disciplining in the corps;
    • Competence and conviction in preaching.

    • 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.
    • To provide for the evaluation of the development in cadets of basic leadership characteristics, self-motivation, positive self-esteem, and a clear sense of identity as Salvation Army officers.
    • To provide teaching in scriptural truth and academic instruction in accordance with the approved National Curriculum Statement with a view to bringing cadets to an acceptable level of academic achievement, providing a foundation of understanding and tools for learning.
    • To provide practical experience in order to develop the skills necessary for effective work as Salvation Army officers.

    This program should produce Salvation Army officers who:

     

    KNOW GOD

    • Evidenced by holiness of heart, purity of life, prayer, witness, service, sacrifice,  nobility of character, and quality of living.


    KNOW THEMSELVES

    • Their strengths and how to direct them
    • Their weaknesses and how to overcome them
    • Their potentials and how to develop them.



    KNOW THEIR MISSION

    • Understanding the implications of God’s call to officership,
    • Understanding their commitment to it and their place within it, both men and women together, sharing the burden of the world’s sin and suffering, desiring above self, comfort, recognition, and all else the glory of God and the salvation of the world.

     

    Overview of Curriculum

    The Curriculum of the SFOT is taught in three areas:
    • The Classroom,
    • The field, and
    • Campus Life
    Educational Studies How to engage a variety of learners in a variety of settings
    Theological Studies
    Bible & Doctrine / How to preach them
    Old Testament Survey
    New Testament Survey
    Homiletics
    Salvation Army Doctrines & Theology
    Comparative Beliefs and Evangelism
    Skills in Old Testament Study
    Skills in New Testament Study
    Theological Issues & Ethics
    Western Civilization (Includes Salvation Amy History)
    Pastoral Studies Shepherding the Flock
    Leadership Theory & Practice of Leading Others
    Personal Development Ongoing growth of Officers in various aspects of life
    Community Outreach Studies
    Knowing and applying programs of The Salvation Army
    Today's Culture and Salvation Army Programming
    Social Work & Services
    Dynamics of Spiritual Life (Spiritual Formation)
    Health Science Nutrition
    Sacred Arts Classes
    Advanced Computer Software (Including LABORA)

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