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What is the Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army is a Christian organisation which is commited to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through both word and action. Because of this primary aim the Army shows practical concern and care for the needs of people regardless of race, creed, status, colour, sex or age. (More...)


How did the Salvation Army begin?

The Salvation Army’s founders, William and Catherine Booth, were Methodists and William was a minister in that denomination. They both believed that William was called by God to be an evangelist and they did not agree with the decision of Methodist officials that he should be confined to a local church situation. So strongly did the Booths believe William should be an evangelist that he resigned from the Methodist ministry and they moved to London with their young family. After being invited by a group of Christians from a small mission to preach on the streets to the crowds thronging the Mile End in East London, William was sure he had found his destiny. The group made William its leader, and became known as The East London Christian Mission. The Mission grew rapidly, its work spreading through Great Britain, resulting in its name being changed to The Christian Mission. In 1878 the Mission’s name was changed once more — this time to The Salvation Army. Such a military name fired members’ imagination and enthusiasm, and uniforms were adopted and military terms given to aspects of worship, administration and practice. While over the years the Army has adapted its military image to changing times, it still retains a distinctive uniform and structure to enable it more effectively to combat wrong and make known the good news of Jesus. For more about information, see our history website.


What does the Salvation Army believe about God and the Christian life?

The Salvation Army’s beliefs are in line with those of mainstream Christian churches. The 11 Doctrines of The Salvation Army form the basis of our belief and teaching.

Briefly they deal with:

  • The Bible
  • God
  • The Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
  • Jesus Christ as divine and human
  • Sin from the beginning of time
  • The atoning work of Jesus
  • Repentance for Salvation
  • Justification by faith
  • A continuing faith
  • Holiness
  • Eternal reward or punishment

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