In Victorian England, the East End of London was a place most people were afraid to go, and where polite society had no part. William and Catherine Booth, felt that God wanted them to go into this darkness and share His Love. Booth was smart enough to realize that no one, "could hear a preacher if his stomach was growling more loudly from hunger than the preacher could speak!" Together, they set about meeting simple needs as living examples of God's Love with the hope that providing that example would be more effective than merely talking about it. More than 150 years later, The Salvation Army is active in 129 countries around the world.
Worldwide, there are just over 2 million members (or Soldiers) of The Salvation Army's church. Many more attend services at The Salvation Army, but are not members.
Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting Human need in His name without discrimination is the Mission of The Salvation Army. With your help, we are able to help almost 30 million people per year in the U.S. alone. Worldwide, it is said that only the United Nations provides more direct social service help to individuals than The Salvation Army.
Whether church is already part of your life or you are experiencing faith for the first time, you are always welcome. Each of our Worship and Service Centers in the U.S. offers a worship service, plus programming for adults and children on Sunday mornings. Contact your local center for times.
We know Sundays don’t always work, so we want to make sure you have a chance to connect with other believers. Most cities offer programming during the week for people of all ages—from men’s and women’s Bible studies to youth groups and social clubs for all ages.
Our officers are ordained pastors and can help you work through any season in life—spiritual or emotional. They offer advice based on God’s word and will pray with you for the strength to press on. Whether you are facing the loss of a loved one, working through legal difficulties or just need to share with someone, you will find someone ready to listen.
Anyone who wants to come is welcome at a Salvation Army service. You'll find that most of us are pretty friendly, and will be happy to see you! Our services are pretty informal, and sometimes even fun. We’d love to see you anytime.
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