Officers in The Salvation Army (TSA) Southern Territory arrived at Trevecca on Monday, May 13, for their annual week of continuing education and credit coursework through Trevecca’s Christian Ministry Program. A total of 229 TSA officers enrolled in the following programs: Christian Ministry Program, a bachelor’s degree-completion program designed especially for TSA officers; continuing education courses; graduate religion classes; and the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program.
The opening convocation on Monday morning included a welcome from Dan Boone, president of Trevecca, and comments by Commissioner David Jeffrey, USA Southern Territorial Commander. Music was led by representatives of Trevecca’s National Praise and Worship Institute.
This year is the 10th one in the partnership between Trevecca and The Salvation Army Southern Territory, and it is the first time that the TSA commander has been able to be present at Trevecca.
The importance of this week was explained by Provost Steve Pusey, when he said, “Salvation Army week on the Trevecca campus is always an exciting one, and it is especially so this year as we celebrate the milestone of the 10th year of this successful and mutually beneficial partnership. We consider it a great privilege and honor to be able to provide continuing theological and clergy education to our colleagues and friends in Christian ministry who are a part of The Salvation Army, and thus to contribute in some small way to the significant work they do, as servants of Christ, in meeting human needs and advancing the cause of the Kingdom. “
Trevecca developed the Christian Ministry Program (CMP) with The Salvation Army Southern Territory to provide continuing education and academic advancement for officers (clergy) and cadets to help enhance The Salvation Army’s mission. The goal of the CMP is “to encourage life-long learning by providing the Southern Territory with educational support for its officers, cadets, employees, and volunteers." Cadets in their two-year officers’ training take Trevecca college coursework through the CMP. Moreover, the program’s academic strategy and those who work in it foster a collaborative spirit between Trevecca and The Salvation Army by addressing officers’ and cadets’ ongoing educational goals in dialog with their current professional setting. Placement is made in consultation with The Salvation Army School for Continuing Education of the Evangeline Booth College.
The Trevecca-TSA Southern Territory partnership has resulted in the addition of other programs. Because of the successful partnership with The Salvation Army and the Christian Ministry Program, Trevecca now offers that degree completion program in an online format for all qualified applicants. For more information about Christian Ministry Online (CMO), click here. Trevecca’s successful Master of Organizational Leadership Program was first developed for Salvation Army officers, and now it is available to all qualified applicants both in online and face-to-face formats. Click here for information about the MOL.