The Salvation Army Training College aims to;
- Generate a passion for mission and ministry.
- Send out skilled people who are keen to keep learning.
- Cultivate an understanding of the how’s and why’s of mission.
- This learning is achieved within an action-reflection model.
Mission and Ministry Principles
The Mission and Ministry program of the Training College is based upon the following principles:
- Providing a supportive network. Within this network the cadet can exercise a ministry, reflect on the experience under supervision and learn constructively from the process.
- Helping cadet discover their strengths and weaknesses in an environment that is both supportive and challenging.
- Fostering self understanding and professional insight through reflection on ministry.
- Giving cadets experience in a variety of ministry tasks.
- Observing and participating in the life of an officer by involvement in midweek and Sunday activities.
Mission and Ministry Framework
In addition to class learning there are five major areas in which cadets gain mission and ministry experience:
- Field Ministry – During first year cadets worship and lead at a variety of Melbourne-based corps.
- Campaigns – These allow for an intensive engagement with a local community, usually outside of Melbourne.
- Community Centre/Mission Placements – These allow for hands-on experience in Salvation Army centres. This exciting experience often reaffirms a sense of God’s calling.
- Summer Assignments – This is a three month placement divided between a Corps and a social centre.
- Cadet Assistant Placement – This locates cadets at a suburban corps for two days per week, during the second year of training.