9 December 2023

William Booth College: Not just for cadets

Major Jo Moir

A photo of the William Booth College tower from within the grounds.

Major Jo Moir (THQ) explains how restructures at William Booth College cement it as a place of learning for everyone.

You would be forgiven for assuming that William Booth College (WBC) is only for cadets training to be officers. It is still often lovingly referred to as the ‘training college’ and even that fountain of all knowledge Wikipedia confidently lists it as a 1929 Grade II listed building that provides Salvation Army officer training.

But for many years WBC has been much more than that. It is a centre for learning for the entire territory, offering courses that enable The Salvation Army’s employees, lay spiritual leaders and, yes, cadets to gain the knowledge and experience they need to flourish in ministry and service.

Principal Lieut-Colonel Judith Payne explains: ‘WBC exists to meet the learning and development needs of the territory, to be involved in mission and provide opportunities for growth that we might display the glory of Jesus.’

To be prepared for this, WBC has gone through a significant restructuring this year, resulting in eight new units and a newly formed leadership team, comprising officers and employees who are committed to collaborative working practices to love God and love others in all they do. The Learning and Development team is reimagining how they will provide mandatory and development-focused training to employees and volunteers.

Cadet training is changing too: this year sees the introduction of longer first-year corps training placements and, in the longer term, considering more flexible options. A new competency framework is also being developed to benefit longterm officer and employed leadership development.

A key verse of Scripture during this process has been Isaiah 43:19: ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’

The leadership team at WBC have a clear vision and passion for the future and these are exciting days at Champion Park – not just for cadets but for everyone.

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Major Jo Moir

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