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Design for Life (DFL)

Design for Life  

A weekend to help you discover God's design for your life.  

It is based on the premise that everyone is called by God to be salt and light in the world, and that world is different for individuals: some people are called to be homemakers, some to be missionaries in the workplace, some people work out their vocation in schools or hospitals, others serve as ministers in a church or as Salvation Army Officers, some people's journey takes them to other countries, other work in their home locality.


The weekends include a healthy mixture of worship, prayer, Bible study, small group discussion, personal reflection and, of course, food! You’ll be encouraged to reflect on where you’ve been, look at where you are now and listen to God about the future. The programme begins on Friday evening with a meal and finishes on Sunday afternoon.


DFL is for anyone over 18 seeking God’s design for their life. No one form of ministry, vocation or service is promoted at a DFL weekend. Whether you’re near the beginning of your journey and want to scan the horizon or you’ve been travelling a certain route and want to stop and reflect, DFL is for you!


To book a place on a DFL weekend fill in the application form (married couples who wish to attend can use the same form, simply enter the spouse’s details in the relevant areas). Your Corps Officer will need to endorse your application and complete the relevant sections. The cost is £75/£150 (married couple).

Send completed forms to: DFL, William Booth College, Champion Park, London SE5 8BQ


Dates for 2019

24th-26th January 

29th-31st May

4th-6th September 

The weekend starts with registration from 6pm, an evening meal at 7pm and the first session at 8pm. The weekend will end by 3pm at the latest on Sunday.

If you require any further information please contact us below:

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Telephone - 020 7326 2820


Since DFL started in 1999 thousands of people have attended all around the world. People have come for a variety of different reasons and from the feedback we have received the vast majority have returned home grateful for the experience.

Here are a few of the comments previous DFLers have made:

DFL was great, it’s not, as some think, a weekend just to get people to sign on for officership. It’s a weekend where everyone is special and time is given to look at what God is saying about YOUR design for life.

If you want to consider what God wants for your life in a serious, but non-pressured way, then don’t put it off. Just look forward to a great weekend with lots of fun, fellowship and, most importantly, time with God.

I think anyone who has questions regarding the direction of their life, career wise and spiritually, would find the weekend helpful.

Attending the DFL weekend was life changing. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Taking the time to attend DFL helped me to clarify exactly where I was going!

The DFL weekend will stay with me for the rest of my life, I learnt so much in such a short space of time.