Training experience for Salvation Army Officers in Africa zone 2004

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:

  1. Express in speaking and writing a wide knowledge and sound understanding of the Bible and its teaching.
  2. Explain the major doctrinal concepts recognised as essential to Christian ministry within The Salvation Army.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and procedures of Salvation Army orders and regulations, and how to apply them in various situations.
  6. Demonstrate a wide knowledge of Christian thought, including the areas of church history, world religions, Christian ethics and missiology.
  7. Explain verbally and in writing local and Africa-wide cultural practices (rituals, ceremonies) and ethics in relations to biblical teaching.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of African anthropology, sociology and psychology in relations to Christian teaching.
  9. Explain the norms, customs and conventions of existing cultures and tributes in the territory to prepare officers for cross-cultural ministry.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of both Salvation Army and government regulations and procedures in regard to property.
  11. Demonstrate a clear understanding of current world and national politics that may affect Salvation Army management and procedures.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of social trends within society and The Salvation Army’s ongoing social welfare community programs and emergency services.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of the regulations and procedures for public relations work, fund-raising, the National Appeal, and the best use of media.
  14. Demonstrate a clear understanding of basic health care and hygiene.
  15. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the impact of HIV/Aids on communities.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge of community counselling techniques and psycho/social support mechanisms available for Aids orphans.
  17. Demonstrate knowledge of church growth principles.
  18. Exhibit an understanding of music and its role in worship

Skills (Doing – Hands)

Upon completion of the Course, cadets will be able to:

  1. Prepare and present effective Bible messages on salvation and holiness, relevant to the life and ministry of the congregation.
  2. Lead unsaved persons to Christ and disciple them in holiness.
  3. Demonstrate ability to teach principles and concepts of Christian thought.
  4. Speak confidently and competently in public.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of Christian ethics and missiology.
  6. Study independently as a basis for lifelong learning.
  7. Outline and apply the various Christian disciplines (e.g. develop personal devotional time) in his/her life.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to be a Christian leader and take creative roles.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to operate as a member of a team.
  10. Publicly witness to a personal assurance of salvation and a conviction about his/her calling.
  11. Apply spiritual disciplines and be an effective manager of self and time, property and finance.
  12. Apply human behaviour theories, and offer appropriate pastoral counselling.
  13. Exercise pastoral roles in leading worship, visitation and pastoral care, and conducting Salvation Army ceremonies (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc).
  14. Demonstrate people motivation and management in a variety of situations.
  15. Initiate and manage corps and social services programmes.
  16. Demonstrate financial management and accountability in a corps/social centre.
  17. Demonstrate basic skills in quarters’ maintenance and property repairs.
  18. Demonstrate practical skills relevant to the total life of the community, for example, literacy, home management, health, bricks making, agriculture and household repairs.
  19. Demonstrate skills in managing community development projects from sponsoring organizations.
  20. Communicate effectively with a diverse range of people (e.g. age and culture).
  21. Demonstrate understanding of the history of the local church.
  22. Demonstrate knowledge of local cultures and languages and is able to adapt to different cultures and cultural settings.
  23. Apply church growth principles to specific and varied situations.
  24. Interpret and apply Salvation Army orders and regulations (principles and procedures) to various situations.
  25. Perform various public (community) relations activities, such as organising the National Appeal and using the media effectively.
  26. Demonstrate cleanliness and hygiene, and teach health care and disease prevention.
  27. Demonstrate ability to deal with both emergency and ongoing social welfare needs.
  28. Apply and teach counselling techniques, as well as offering spiritual support to the congregation and community
  29. 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.
  30. 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:

  1. A personal assurance of salvation.
  2. A life that is increasingly guided by God the Holy Spirit and reflecting the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).
  3. A life of true commitment to Christian faith, behaviours, and values.
  4. Conviction about his/her calling to a life time commitment to God and The Salvation Army as an officer.
  5. Commitment to be available to serve the Lord and the Army wherever needed.
  6. Loyalty to God and loyalty to The Salvation Army, its leaders, and its people.
  7. A determination to be a person of absolute integrity and honesty in all aspects of life and service.
  8. A strong purpose (passion) to lead people into the Kingdom of God and to build up the body of Christ, in The Salvation Army.
  9. Compassion and concern, openness and acceptance in relation to others and to self.
  10. Self-discipline and motivated initiative.
  11. Commitment to ongoing development of personal spiritual life.
  12. Commitment to independent study as a basis for ongoing, lifelong learning to increase his/her effectiveness as a Salvation Army officer.
  13. Commitment to team ministry.
  14. Commitment to stewardship in regard to time, finance and property.
  15. Commitment to act independently from un-Christ-like family/traditional influences and the courage to challenge these influences.

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