Ends on March 12, 2018

Application Instructions:

  • Band of Survivors Leader applications will be available from October 2, 2017-March 12, 2018.
  • In addition to completing the below application, you will be responsible to obtain 3 reference forms.  Reference 1 should be given to a spiritual mentor (i.e. Youth Pastor, Sunday School teacher, Corps Cadet counselor, prayer partner), reference 2 should be given to an adult who can comment on your character, and reference 3 must be given to your Corps Officer. Your application is not considered complete until we have received all 3 references.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility, not your reference's, to make sure all references are completed by March 12.  Additionally, you cannot be related to any of your references.  If your parents are your Corps Officers, have a local officer complete the reference instead.

    Here are the links for each reference form: 

  • If you can't complete the application in one sitting, you will be able to save your work and return to complete it at another time.

Band of Survivors Description
Band of Survivors is a month long summer mission school that aims to see youth love God and serve their neighbors.  With a skilled and motivated team, Band of Survivors will provide access to relevant training, significant mission and authentic discipleship for the youth of the Metropolitan Division. 

The project will take place from June 25 through July 20 and will be located in a safe environment.  We will live in community with one another: working together, sharing meals together, praying together, worshiping together and serving together.  There are essentially two parts to the program, teaching (studying the Bible, 24/7 prayer, cell groups, leadership training, learning about The Salvation Army) and service (evangelism, youth work, supporting Metropolitan Corps).

Band of Survivors members are trained to use a skill set that puts them on a course for holiness, and they go home excited to fight alongside members of their Corps.  Applicants who are prepared for an intense month of mission, and who are passionate about God will be admitted to the program.  We have space for 14 high school students (ages 14+), 5 young adult leaders (ages 18+), and 1 young adult intern (also ages 18+).


  • Has a sincere saving faith in Jesus, and an earnest pursuit of holiness.
  • Has a desire to help youth follow the way of Jesus, and be more like him.
  • Has proven leadership ability at the local Corps.
  • Has the approval of their Corps Officer.
  • Previous successful service on a mission team or discipleship group is desired, but not required.
  • Must be 18 years old or older by 6/25/2018.
  • Has specific skills and experience in teaching, public speaking, children’s ministry, youth ministry, evangelism, or gospel arts.
  • Must have a passion for discipling high school students.
  • Possesses a knowledge and understanding of the Bible.
  • Is emotionally and spiritually mature.
  • Has a tolerant personality, even temperament, and is friendly.


  • The primary responsibility of a BOS leader is to be the leader of a small group of boys/girls (called Cell Groups).  These groups are divided by gender.  You will live with members of your cell groups, and meet for daily Bible Study (called Cell Groups).  You will lead the Bible Study each day.  It will be your main responsibility to mentor this group throughout the goal, serving as a guide, praying with them whenever they need prayer, challenging them in their Christian walk, and helping them to eradicate spiritual complacency from their lives.  It should be understood that mentoring does not only take place during Bible Study, but all throughout the day, in work, play, study, meal times, travel, etc.  You should always be concerned about them and their spiritual development.
  • May be responsible for teaching and preaching at times (Prayer & Praise Nights, Discipleship Class, Sunday Holiness Meetings, etc).
  • Works to the fullest to disciple high school youth from different backgrounds at all times during the project.  Your primary goal is to reach out to the students during work, play, study, rest, etc.
  • Plan and participate in various outreach events at local Corps throughout the Metropolitan Division (Vacation Bible School, neighborhood block parties, Sunday worship services, etc).
  • Help  make sure the lodging is clean on a daily basis.

Should you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact us right away.  We’re here to help you through this application process.  There are a number of ways you can contact us, which are listed below:

Band of Survivors Contact Information

Director: Nate Irvine

Office Phone: (773) 205-3689

Cell Phone: (630) 915-8012

Email Address: Nathan_Irvine@usc.salvationarmy.org

Youth Department Email: USCMET_Youth@usc.salvationarmy.org

Website: www.metroyouthnetwork.com/bandofsurvivors
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