The Certificate in Advanced Leadership for Congregations is a program designed to strengthen the capacity of Salvation Army officers to serve in complex corps appointments. The primary target audience for the curriculum is officers who have given 7-10 years of service and who are in or preparing for appointments in larger, more complex corps. The program is designed to build upon the previous learning and experience of officers and to strengthen skills necessary to succeed.

The certificate will consist of four on-line courses addressing the four primary areas of greatest need, and a capstone course integrating all of the content material. The capstone course is constructed as a series of face-to-face intensive sessions over the two-year period of the certificate program that will engage certificate participants in additional course content focused on the officer’s personal development, and prepare them for presenting a capstone portfolio demonstrating competency in the primary areas.

The certificate will be offered in a cohort structure, with 20 students in each cohort. Salvation Army personnel will be identified in conjunction with the Territorial Headquarters leadership development department. The on-line components will be offered through Booth University College on-line learning management services, utilizing an upgraded Moodle platform. The certificate program will be assigned to a staff person for coordination.

This course studies leadership styles, and group and team dynamics and development, to prepare the congregational leader to plan for and facilitate effective congregational leadership teams.

This course focuses on developing the corps officer's understanding of worship and themselves as worship leaders, in order to lead larger and more complex congregations in faithful, vibrant and meaningful worship.

This course explores the pastoral relationships and resources for a congregational leader, with a particular focus on building personal resilience in the midst of potentially damaging circumstances involving change, conflict or crisis, to facilitate healing and restoration for individuals and the congregation as a whole.

The capstone course will focus on strengthening the corps officer in three key areas of personal development: the officer’s spiritual life, pastoral vocation, and effectiveness and balance. The certificate program culminates in a portfolio project integrating new research with learning from the other four courses, and developed in coordination with the corps officer’s coach/mentor (a senior officer or area commander) over the duration of the certificate program.