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Discover, deepen & deploy-Spiritual life development

Spiritual Life Ministries assists territorial leadership in the prioritization of the spiritual lives of Salvationists

It does this by:

  • Planning, leading or participating in events that are spiritually enriching and that help form people in Christlikeness.
  • Providing resources to cultivate spiritual life development, and
  • Encouraging implementation of intentional and systematic opportunities for spiritual growth through the territory.

 Please check back regularly to see what events and resources are new. 

Events heading

24-7 prayer logo24/7 Prayer Calendar

Did you know that the 24/7 Prayer Calendar is a tool for your use? You can create Prayer Events and invite members of your Church/ Corps to choose one or more times to pray for the event. This is a great way to call people to Prayer 24/7
View current prayer events
Create a Prayer Event

Santa Casa -Beach at QueenscliffSilent Retreats 2016

Directed Retreats Santa Casa Queenscliff Victoria
July Friday 28 - Sunday 31
Preached Retreat

September Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 Directed Retreat
October Friday 28 - Sunday 30
Preached Retreat
Cost: $200 for each retreat
Application Form PDFApplication Form Docx
Information PPT SlideInformation PDF

Point Cook image beachWalking Day Retreats 2016

August Friday 5th 10:30am-3pm Point Cook Coastal Park Further information
November Saturday 19th Macedon Regional Park
Come away for the day and enjoy fresh air, a guided spiritual reflection, a time for silence, a time for sharing and good company. Open to everyone!
Walk Organizer:
Barb Wilson  Retreat Director: Cathy Elkington
If you are planning to attend or require further information please contact Cathy on 0437 224 584 or at cathy.elkington@aus.salvationarmy.org


Discipleship Co-ordinator

Cathy Elkington, Territorial Spiritual Life Development Secretary

Cathy is a child of God! She has a heart for drawing alongside people that they may grow in their connection with God, their understanding of themselves and subsequently how they live out their personal mission in the world. 
She is a trained Spiritual Director with a Graduate Diploma in Spirituality.  In addition to this role she is serving with her husband Darren as Corps Officers of Moreland City (CVD). This is their fifth Corps appointment.

Cathy is passionate about equipping and empowering individuals and teams so that there is leadership of Spiritual Life Development in local and regional settings. To this end, Cathy is available to: speak at corps and divisional events; to lead silent retreats and quiet days.

Contact Details:

The Salvation Army Mission Resource Department
PO Box 479
Blackburn 3130
P: 03  8878 4761 

The Approach to Spiritual life Development

“We are a salvation people – this is our speciality – getting saved and keeping saved, and then getting somebody else saved, and then getting saved ourselves more and more until full salvation on earth makes the heaven within, which I finally perfected by the full salvation without, on the other side of the river.” (William Booth)

 In all that we do, for as long as we do it, unless it is about souls discovering and deepening their understanding and experience of God…and then be deployed to engage someone else’s soul on this journey – we’ve missed the point completely.

After all we are not human beings on a spiritual journey… but spiritual beings on an earthly journey. (Henri Nouwen)

Spiritual Life Development is about everything we do.

Under this banner of the mission intention, Making Disciples, the following thematic approach to spiritual development in the territory was established as a continuum, of Discover, Deepen and Deploy.


Discovery is about “getting saved”– that is helping people discover who Jesus is and helping them to make a commitment to follow him. Sometimes the starting point for this will be a desire to explore the spiritual or the inner life.  For others it might come about because they have reached the end of their own resources and know that doing life the way they have been is not working for them. It is about bringing people to faith.

This is a core purpose of The Salvation Army as a whole but is expressed differently in different settings.

To help people discover Jesus we need to honour different paths to discovery, taking account of age, environment, life experience and setting.


Making a decision to follow Jesus is the beginning of a journey with Him.

Deepening is about “keeping saved” and “getting saved ourselves more and more

Becoming a disciple of Jesus is not a destination but “… the work of a moment… and the work of a lifetime” (John Gowans). It is the lifelong transformative process of holiness.  When we regularly encounter God through Scripture and prayer, the only possible outcome is transformation by the Holy Spirit.

As this is a life long journey, believers will have different developmental needs at different stages.

New believers will need guidance in establishing their relationship with God and living out of this new relationship with others. This is about establishing the new Christian in the fundamentals of prayer, Bible reading and Christian living.

The local corps or social centre community are vitally important because it in these environments that grace and truth are lived out which enables new believers to discover and define who they are and how they want to live.

All believers need to engage in the Christian journey, going on to deepen their relationship with God, developing the inner life, and growing in holiness. The pursuit of holiness is the pursuit of Christ-likeness, becoming like Jesus in our character, behaviours and discernment. The classical spiritual disciplines provide the tools for this transformation process.


Deployment is about “getting someone else saved.” Believers need to be equipped for service and find their place of ministry in the body of Christ. We need to think of this deployment in terms of whole of life vocation and service, as well as in what we do at the local corps and in our local communities.

Deployment is not just about good works but about leading others into a relationship with Jesus.

In 2005 the Australia Southern Territory appointed the then Major Frank Daniels to a specific role in Spiritual Life Development. This was the first such appointment in the territory.  It arose out of an emphasis on the more contemplative aspects of spirituality - See more at: http://www.sarmy.org.au/en/Ministry/Spiritual-Life-Development1/History-of-SLD/?id=37061_99057&idkeep=True&epslanguage=en#sthash.mwdzu87P.dpuf
History of Spirtual Life Development
In 2005 the Australia Southern Territory appointed Major Frank Daniels to a role in Spiritual Life Development; the first such appointment in the territory.  It arose out of an emphasis on the more contemplative aspects of spirituality. Read more
Spiritual Life Development