The Salvation Army Continuing Education Program (SACEP) is required for all officers in the first five years of service. The program consists of two parts; online courses, and residential SACEP Retreats. Officers will need to successfully complete four (4) online courses during the five years following commissioning. Officers will attend an annual SACEP Retreat each year in May. Credits earned under the former residential program transfer to the new program.
English Language Courses – Olivet Nazarene University (ONU)
A program of study, developed in partnership with ONU, consisting of online courses will begin in January 2019. Four (4) courses must be successfully completed within five years of commissioning to meet the educational requirements for the consideration of confirmation of officership and promotion to captain. Please reference the “Course Offering—ONU” link to view available course work and schedule.
Spanish Language Courses – Nazarene Bible College (NBC)
Beginning in January 2019, Spanish-speaking officers may choose to take online courses from NBC to complete SACEP requirements. Four (4) courses must be successfully completed within five years of commissioning to meet the educational requirements for the consideration of confirmation of officership and promotion to captain. The course descriptions highlighted here are available for SACEP credit. A Mandatory Orientation course must be completed prior to registering for a SACEP course. Please contact ORD with questions. 2021 – 2022 Schedule and registration.
A three-day, SACEP Retreat, held each year in May is required. The Retreat will consist of: interviews with the Secretary for Personnel for first and fifth-year officers, sessional break out meetings, structured and individual opportunities for spiritual formation, corporate worship, corporate instruction in a topic related to officership and unstructured time for fellowship. Specific details for the annual retreat will be found under the link “SACEP Retreat.”
Once completed with SACEP, Officers seeking to complete a degree started with ONU, NBC or another institution may do so under the Officer Education Assistance program (OEA). Application to OEA is available to all officers seeking to develop their skills and capacity for ministry and service. Officers enrolled in the ONU or the NBC (Spanish) tracks for SACEP may choose to continue their course work to complete the full degree, or choose from a selection of available programs. Please refer to the “Degree Completion with ONU or NBC” links for additional information. For other Degree Completion options, see “Education Resources for Officers” link on the ORD main page or the “Other Degree Completion Options” link to the left.