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People Transformed by Jesus

The Salvation Army was inspired by Jesus, and He continues to be the foundation, inspiration and driving force of everything we do.

Our international mission statement calls us to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human need in His name without discrimination. These two things are inseparable in our understanding of what it means to be “The Salvation Army”.

Our core conviction is that Jesus cares passionately about the physical, emotional and spiritual freedom of every person, and that when people meet Jesus, He can bring ongoing healing and transformation in ways far beyond what we can achieve in our own strength. 

We’ll know we are succeeding when:

  • The number of people making a commitment to Jesus is increasing year-on-year.
  • Stories of healing and transformation are heard continually in all parts of the territory.
  • The declaration of God’s love is evident in all our expressions.
  • People are able to begin or join a faith journey from any of our expressions.
  • Our people are sharing regular, uninhibited testimony of the ongoing work of Jesus in their own lives. 

How you can help

Do you have an idea that could help make a difference in this area? Please leave a comment below and be part of the conversation.

Comments

  1. Wayne Chamberlin
    Wayne Chamberlin

    This seems a pretty logical and simple thing to do Anthony ("join us for church"). How bout all readers check that this is the case in their own Corps website even before the 'salvos.org' homepage.

  2. Wayne Chamberlin
    Wayne Chamberlin

    This seems a pretty logical and simple thing to do Anthony ("join us at church"). All readers should check that this is indeed the case in their own Corps website even before the salvos.org homepage..

  3. Here's a really simple way to get started on this journey of change: On the salvos.org.au homepage add a "join us for church" section with some links to find your local Salvation Army church, etc.

    Most of the time this homepage only promotes the "social" aspect of our work.

  4. @Russell- great comment. That would be a bold move, but would strongly position us to move forward. I think of Compassion- their subtitle is "Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name" and this goes on everything they publish. So good.

    For this goal I believe we need to establish a Kingdom culture- ie. like Col. Richard prayed at the launch- Jesus went about preaching, teaching and healing- very missional... and we can (and should) do likewise under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

    I also believe some measurable goals would help us to know if we are progressing or not. Whilst we can't control when people get saved, we can have a goal which encourages us to be persistent with our evangelism and work together as the Body of Christ in this. So, a measurable goal: "5 to 1" (for every 5 people in your corps, aim to see one person saved within the year. Work together with others to intercede, love that person, and present the Gospel with words and actions persistently, and continue to disciple them once they are born again).

  5. To add to recent comments, and to Glenys Page's (unanswered) question at the presentation, what about the reality that the effectiveness of 'serving suffering humanity' cannot be demonstrated by countable and reportable numbers of 'souls saved' in any immediate reliable sense? If 'soul saving' is ultimately in the power and knowledge of the Spirit, what sense would it make to link ultimate quantifiable efficacy of 'serving suffering humanity' to that first-stated criterion of people explicity becoming followers of Jesus?

  6. I agree with Russell. The church and the social work can't be split up, and the promotional elements from one can't downplay the other. Also, it's probably not a great idea to have damaged old signs up all year round saying "give generously" with a Red Shield on them (I see these on bus shelters around here and I don't think it's helping anyone).

  7. Steven Pearse
    Steven Pearse

    Its one thing to have an international mission statement that calls the members of the Army to preach the gospel of Jesus but Jesus actually calls his disciples, that includes you and me, to make disciples of others.

    I clearly understand Scripture to state that the salvation and sanctification of anyone / everyone, is the work of the Spirit alone, not a job for his disciples.

    As such, I feel the first on the list of 'measures of success', as listed above, is not sound theology. I would suggest the number of people being discipled is a better measure...and that of our partnership with God...after they accept that Jesus has already saved them.

  8. A good start would be to acknowledge Jesus in ALL our promotional material, especially for the Red Shield Appeal.
    By denying our Lord when the question is about fundraising, we are inviting people to believe there is no difference between us and other organisations, for example Red Cross who also meet human need.
    Jesus did, I think, mention the result of denying Him before people...

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