What is a Salvation Army Officer?

It is clear in God’s Word that all believers are instructed by Christ in the Great Commission to share their faith and provide ministry in His name. Jesus’ last words before he returned to heaven were, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,“( Matthew 28:19-20a, NIV).

Just as Jesus called his disciples to follow Him, today He calls Christian men and women to this same adventure. Salvation Army officers see lives changed, bring hope and practical help to humanity as they share the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. Their work will often be among the poorest and neediest of our society. All of them will make a difference: some as corps officers (pastors) and others as administrators of Salvation Army rehabilitation centers for those recovering from addictions. Still other officers may work in Salvation Army social service centers, while some find their calling to work in other cultures and countries. Each officer carries the message of love. Each officer is the voice of God in the place where he or she is needed. A Salvation Army officer is a fully ordained and trained evangelical minister of the Gospel. If God is calling you to a ministry of spiritual leadership and you have a passion for lost people, then Salvation Army officership may be for you.

What is an Officer Candidate?

An officer candidate is an individual who has a confirmed calling by God into full time ministry with The Salvation Army. The person is in the process of completing the application and is working toward being accepted as a student at The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training. He or she is preparing to be trained as a Salvation Army officer. In the ensuing months before attending the College for Officer Training this individual is designated an Officer Candidate.

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