Mission & Purpose
Mission Statement of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Mission Statement of The Salvation Army College for Officer Training
The academic component of the College for Officer Training, USA Eastern Territory, seeks to provide a challenging learning environment in which intellectual capacity, spiritual development and practical ministry experience are balanced. This aims to create a foundation and desire for life-long learning and continual development of ministry skills. Instrumental to this interdependence of classroom, community and field is an instructional staff composed of qualified practitioners and credentialed academics, all sharing a common faith in Christ working in partnership.
Statement of Purpose
The Purpose of the College for Officer Training is to develop men and women, in knowledge, capabilities, spirit and character, who will be able to sustain and advance the mission and purposes of The Salvation Army in the salvation of the world.
Inasmuch as a cadet is a Salvationist called by God to serve as an officer of The Salvation Army, who has demonstrated potential for leadership and has been found to possess those qualities of mind and heart which recommend that cadet for officership, the following goals pertain to his/her training period:
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 personal 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 academic instruction in accordance with the 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 field experience as "on site" training in Salvation Army methods and procedures.
To provide a comprehensive program of services including counseling, health care, family care, food, housing, and official transportation.
In summary, 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 the nature and mission of The Salvation Army, 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.
(From The National Statement of Training Goals)