The Salvation Army, as an international movement, is an evangelical branch of the Christian church. ITS MESSAGE is based on the Bible. ITS MINISTRY is motivated by love for God and a practical concern for the needs of humanity. ITS MISSION is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, supply basic human needs, provide personal counseling and undertake the spiritual and moral regeneration and physical rehabilitation of all persons in need who come within its sphere of influence regardless of race, colour, creed, sex or age.
We see a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century – convinced of our calling, moving forward together, We will…
- deepen our spiritual life
- unite in prayer
- identify and develop leaders
- increase self-support and self-denial
Into the world of the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed and lost, reaching them in love by all means, We will…
- emphasise our integrated ministry
- reach and involve youth and children
- stand for and serve the marginalised
- encourage innovation in mission
With the transforming message of Jesus, bringing freedom, hope and life, We will…
- communicate Christ unashamedly
- reaffirm our belief in transformation
- evangelise and disciple effectively
- provide quality teaching resources
We proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all our ministries. God’s mission is a mission of love and restoration. Through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God provided the way of salvation culminating in the gift of eternal life for all who respond in faith. We value this gift of grace, believing that it has the power to liberate, heal and transform individuals and communities. We seek to embody this same grace and mission in our thoughts, words and deeds.
We are shaped by the Bible and the example of Jesus through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our total dependency on God. We pray, follow God’s Word and live by faith. Our mission demands that we respond to the lordship of Jesus Christ and remain radically obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are committed to a disciplined Christian lifestyle and service in Christ’s name.
INTIMACY WITH GOD
We commune with God through worship and prayer. Intimacy with God is both our privilege and responsibility. Disciplined and persistent prayer, worship, meditation, studying God’s word, solitude and self denial are essential to our faith, spiritual growth and mission.
We embody God’s love, reaching out to others and caring for them. God reaches out to every person in love. Our mission is always in response to that love. We strive to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and those overlooked or ignored in our communities. When needed, we will stand for them and advocate on their behalf. We accept that showing compassion may threaten those who benefit from present arrangements of power. Our desire is for God to work through our ministries to renew broken families, empower the poor and transform neighborhoods.
We promote the dignity of all persons.
We believe that all people are created in God’s image. Although we are sinful creatures, we believe that Jesus was sent to restore the relationship between God and humanity. We treat people with dignity, recognizing that they are loved by God. We work to break down barriers that promote an us/them perception. We do not see only the needs and weakness of people, but also the gifts and strengths that God has given them. We work alongside people helping them to recognize their worth in Christ.
We are innovative and effective.
We require our ministries to establish measurable goals and objectives and to evaluate results. We measure mission effectiveness and adjust or prune as necessary. We allocate our resources to maximize the benefits to individuals and communities. We equip and empower our men and women and deploy them according to their abilities, talents, training and expertise. We plan for future leadership. We pray that God will provide highly-motivated, committed, skilled and productive people to carry out our mission.
We are honest and trustworthy, accountable to God and each other. Everything we do is a reflection of God and the name of The Salvation Army; therefore, our actions will be transparent and hold up to scrutiny.
We seek to understand and meet the needs of people in our communities. We adapt our methods to meet changes in those needs. We are progressive and pursue innovation and effectiveness. Our ministries respond to the demographics of the people living in their communities. We undertake studies to determine how we can serve best.
We encourage and foster teamwork and partnerships. Our ministries work cooperatively and collaboratively to fulfil our mission. We recognize that volunteers, employees, adherents, soldiers, senior recruits, and officers are our greatest assets in fulfilling our mission. We value partnerships with individuals and groups beyond the Army.
We are thankful to God for blessing The Salvation Army. We believe God raised up the international Salvation Army and gave it a unique identity. We celebrate our rich heritage; our people; our unity and diversity; our observance of a sacramental lifestyle; our communities; and our joyous expressions of faith.
The Doctrines of the Salvation Army
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.
We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda is part of an international religious and charitable organization whose members demonstrate their Christian faith and beliefs through practical concern for the social well-being of all mankind. The Salvation Army operates in more than 125 countries and is headed by the General who is located at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, England. The world-wide Salvation Army is divided into territories, commands and regions. The Salvation Army in Canada is part of the Canada and Bermuda Territory, which is subdivided into nine divisions. The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada is the primary legal entity that The Salvation Army operates through in Canada.