The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.’
The Salvation Army Mission Statement
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.
- Its message is based on the Bible.
- Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.
- Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
- and meet the human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army in the Body of Christ
1. The Body of Christ on earth (also referred to as the Church universal) comprises all believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
2. Believers stand in a spiritual relationship to one another, which is not dependent upon any particular church structure.
3. The Salvation Army, under the one Triune God, belongs to and is an expression of the Body of Christ on earth, the Church universal, and is a Christian denomination in permanent mission to the unconverted, called into and sustained in being by God.
4. Denominational diversity is not self-evidently contrary to God’s will for his people.
5. Inter-denominational harmony and co-operation are to be actively pursued for they are valuable for the enriching of the life and witness of the Body of Christ in the world and therefore of each denomination.
6. The Salvation Army welcomes involvement with other Christians in the many lands where the Army is privileged to witness and serve.