Based on the vision of confident, competent and Christlike leaders we propose the following competencies for those to be commissioned as Salvation Army Officers in Africa
Knowledge (Knowledge – Head)
Upon completion of the Course, cadets will be able to:
- Express in speaking and writing a wide knowledge and sound understanding of the Bible and its teaching.
- Explain the major doctrinal concepts recognised as essential to Christian ministry within The Salvation Army.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of Salvation Army ethos, along with its traditions and history so that the Army can be shown as relevant to cultural issues.
- Explain the role of the officer in relation to the mission and structure of The Salvation Army, identifying and explaining the biblically based principles of our mission.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and procedures of Salvation Army orders and regulations, and how to apply them in various situations.
- Demonstrate a wide knowledge of Christian thought, including the areas of church history, world religions, Christian ethics and missiology.
- Explain verbally and in writing local and Africa-wide cultural practices (rituals, ceremonies) and ethics in relations to biblical teaching.
- Demonstrate understanding of African anthropology, sociology and psychology in relations to Christian teaching.
- Explain the norms, customs and conventions of existing cultures and tributes in the territory to prepare officers for cross-cultural ministry.
- Demonstrate knowledge of both Salvation Army and government regulations and procedures in regard to property.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of current world and national politics that may affect Salvation Army management and procedures.
- Demonstrate an understanding of social trends within society and The Salvation Army’s ongoing social welfare community programs and emergency services.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the regulations and procedures for public relations work, fund-raising, the National Appeal, and the best use of media.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of basic health care and hygiene.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the impact of HIV/Aids on communities.
- Demonstrate knowledge of community counselling techniques and psycho/social support mechanisms available for Aids orphans.
- Demonstrate knowledge of church growth principles.
- Exhibit an understanding of music and its role in worship
Skills (Doing – Hands)
Upon completion of the Course, cadets will be able to:
- Prepare and present effective Bible messages on salvation and holiness, relevant to the life and ministry of the congregation.
- Lead unsaved persons to Christ and disciple them in holiness.
- Demonstrate ability to teach principles and concepts of Christian thought.
- Speak confidently and competently in public.
- Demonstrate understanding of Christian ethics and missiology.
- Study independently as a basis for lifelong learning.
- Outline and apply the various Christian disciplines (e.g. develop personal devotional time) in his/her life.
- Demonstrate the ability to be a Christian leader and take creative roles.
- Demonstrate the ability to operate as a member of a team.
- Publicly witness to a personal assurance of salvation and a conviction about his/her calling.
- Apply spiritual disciplines and be an effective manager of self and time, property and finance.
- Apply human behaviour theories, and offer appropriate pastoral counselling.
- Exercise pastoral roles in leading worship, visitation and pastoral care, and conducting Salvation Army ceremonies (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc).
- Demonstrate people motivation and management in a variety of situations.
- Initiate and manage corps and social services programmes.
- Demonstrate financial management and accountability in a corps/social centre.
- Demonstrate basic skills in quarters’ maintenance and property repairs.
- Demonstrate practical skills relevant to the total life of the community, for example, literacy, home management, health, bricks making, agriculture and household repairs.
- Demonstrate skills in managing community development projects from sponsoring organizations.
- Communicate effectively with a diverse range of people (e.g. age and culture).
- Demonstrate understanding of the history of the local church.
- Demonstrate knowledge of local cultures and languages and is able to adapt to different cultures and cultural settings.
- Apply church growth principles to specific and varied situations.
- Interpret and apply Salvation Army orders and regulations (principles and procedures) to various situations.
- Perform various public (community) relations activities, such as organising the National Appeal and using the media effectively.
- Demonstrate cleanliness and hygiene, and teach health care and disease prevention.
- Demonstrate ability to deal with both emergency and ongoing social welfare needs.
- Apply and teach counselling techniques, as well as offering spiritual support to the congregation and community
- Offer spiritual counselling to members of the congregation, and especially psycho/social support to HIV/Aids orphans and families, using government sponsored networks as appropriate.
- Act independently of un-Christlike, family or traditional influences and can challenge these influences.
Spirituality and Attitude (Being/Attitude – Heart)
Upon completion of the Course, cadets should reflect the following spirituality and attitudes:
- A personal assurance of salvation.
- A life that is increasingly guided by God the Holy Spirit and reflecting the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).
- A life of true commitment to Christian faith, behaviours, and values.
- Conviction about his/her calling to a life time commitment to God and The Salvation Army as an officer.
- Commitment to be available to serve the Lord and the Army wherever needed.
- Loyalty to God and loyalty to The Salvation Army, its leaders, and its people.
- A determination to be a person of absolute integrity and honesty in all aspects of life and service.
- A strong purpose (passion) to lead people into the Kingdom of God and to build up the body of Christ, in The Salvation Army.
- Compassion and concern, openness and acceptance in relation to others and to self.
- Self-discipline and motivated initiative.
- Commitment to ongoing development of personal spiritual life.
- Commitment to independent study as a basis for ongoing, lifelong learning to increase his/her effectiveness as a Salvation Army officer.
- Commitment to team ministry.
- Commitment to stewardship in regard to time, finance and property.
- Commitment to act independently from un-Christ-like family/traditional influences and the courage to challenge these influences.