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What is Cultivate?

blank logoGod has designed us for holistic growth. . . physically, mentally, emotionally and most definitely spiritually. If you are hungry for more of what the Lord has to do in you and through you, Cultivate will help give focus to what is needed to “have the roots of your being firmly and deeply planted in Him. . .” Colossians 2:7

The mission of Cultivate is to facilitate deeper spiritual life development in the lives of officers and soldiers of The Salvation Army.

Christ must continually be formed in us by:

  • the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)
  • the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16)
  • the role of spiritual disciplines (Romans 12:1)
  • being part of Community (1 Corinthians 12)
  • living out our faith for the sake of others (Matthew 28:18-20)

Cultivate  introduces or rejuvenates the officer/soldier to classic Christian writers and tried and true disciplines which stimulate growth and maturity and, with an openness to the Holy Spirit, gives rise to a lifetime of spiritual health.

As part of the 12-month online Cultivate cohort, the officer/soldier will be involved in a prescribed reading schedule, online discussion, written reflection papers and retreats for the individual and in community.


Captain Faith Miller (Cultivate Cohort 1) 

“Cultivate has helped to deepen my understanding that in community we learn of our individual responsibilities to God, but also our corporate responsibilities to one another.”

Soldier Cheryl Poulopoulos (Cultivate Cohort 1) 

“When I first heard about Cultivate I knew that was what I needed… we spend a great amount of time studying the importance and interconnection of the disciplines, not just studying the fact that they need to be practiced.”

Envoy James Pegues (Cultivate Cohort 1) 

“From the beginning of the first class I knew that God was about to do a new thing in me. Starting with the Spiritual Discipline class, I began to change the way I thought, the way I teach, and the way I preach.”

Colonel Janice Howard (Cultivate Instructor) 

“It is invigorating to share in the journey into deeper Christlikeness with a group of individuals, who share, reflect, struggle, practice, question, encourage, pray, and grow. The Holy Spirit is moving and this cohort of officers and soldiers is responding to His leading.”

Download the Cultivate 2016/2017 Application Packet.  Or check out Cultivate-Young Adult.

  • Please note that approval is required.  For Officers, by Command Head and for Soldiers, by Corps Officer. There are signature lines for these approvals on the application.
  • Applications for the 2016/2017 session are due to Spiritual Life Development by Tuesday, January 4. Accepted Cohort members will be notified by email by January 8. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Command Secretary for Spiritual Life Development. Check back for updates on the 2017/2018 session.

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