Friday, 16 March 2007

Lieutenants Education Programme (UK)

On acceptance to Lieutenancy, all new Lieutenants in the UK territory are expected to complete:

an initial distance learning course comprising modules in personal spiritual development, Bible and Gospel, and Christian Doctrine (What do Salvationists believe?).

a two week residential course concentrating on spiritual development, meeting and sermon construction, basic counselling skills.

two further 1 week per year residential courses offering teaching in Christian Doctrine and Biblical Studies (on a rolling programme) and spiritual formation.

Training course in required organisational and administrative skills is delivered by the DHQ in whose division the lieutenant is appointed

Training course in any required specialist skills is arranged by the DHQ in whose division the lieutenant is appointed, in conjunction with the relevant service at THQ.

Distance Learning Course ‘Preparing for Spiritual Leadership’

Training Coordinator(Lieutenants): Major Janet Read

This is compulsory and ideally should be completed prior to the initial residential course.

The course has three modules:

Module 1 Growing in Spiritual Maturity

Module 2 Learning about the Bible and the Gospel

Module 3 Thinking about what Salvationists Believe


To provide a brief introduction to spiritual leadership in The Salvation Army

The course works on the principle of 3 hours of study a week over 3-4 months, Minimum hours required 36.

Residential Courses

Lieutenants are required to attend one course each year in mid June.

The Spiritual Programme for each of the residential courses includes worship, morning prayers, attendance at a college Spiritual Day where possible, and spiritual formation teaching. Provision is also made for individual pastoral conversations where required.

Course A – Communicating with People; Understanding People

Two weeks (first year)

Communicating with People

(approx. 40 hrs.)

Module Leader : Major Kathryn Stirling

Worship planning and leading

Mercy Seat in S.A. worship / Leading a time of response

Theology of preaching

Building a basic address

Initial steps of sermon construction

Introductions, conclusions, illustrations

Analysis method

Sharing worship resources. Collectanea. Finding support material.

Representation method

Planned preaching

Topic method

Bible studies

Communication theory

Synthesis method

Ceremonies in worship

Speaking to specialised groups - Home League; Over – 60’s; Y.P.; All-Age

Understanding People

(approx. 40 hrs.)

Module Leader: Major Brian Slinn

Theological basis and basic human needs

Qualities and tasks; genuineness; listening

Feelings and empathy

Listening and responding

Pastoral visitation

Mercy Seat counselling

Life stages



Early adult


Old Age



Follow up work

Although not compulsory, Lieutenants are encouraged to undertake some study following the initial residential course. Study may include the follow-up work associated with the two taught modules. Satisfactory completion of the same would be taken into account in the event that they became cadets.

Residential Course B – Christian Doctrine

I week (2nd or 3rd year)

Module Leader: Captain Paul Knight

Course Outline

The language of faith – the Bible and creeds

The Christian doctrine of God

The Person of Jesus Christ

God in Three Persons


The human condition


Aspects of Salvation




The Christian Life

Christian Holiness




The Christian perspective on Last Things.

Residential Course C – Biblical Studies

I week (2nd or 3rd year)

Module Leaders: Old Testament: Mr Stuart Watson

New Testament: Captain Mark Pegram

Course Outline

Introduction (Part 1): The Old Testament as the Corporate Memory of God’s People

Introduction (Part 2): The Old Testament as the Corporate Memory of God’s People

Session 3: Memory and Action in Hebrew Thought

Session 4: Memory as a Divine Attribute

Session 5: Memory and Salvation

Session 6: Memory and Identity

Session 7: Memory and Lifestyle (Part 1)

Session 8: Memory and Lifestyle (Part 2)

Session 9: Memory and Worship

Session 10: Memory and Hope

Interpretation of the Bible

The Life of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

Johannine Literature

Problems in the Church

Note: In 2007, Lieutenants attending the Biblical Studies course have been invited suggest areas of Biblical study that they would find most helpful, so that the content of the week can be as relevant as possible to the experience of the group. It is likely to differ significantly from the above.

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