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Being a Salvationist

Our worship meetings are open to anyone – there’s no need to wear a uniform or to participate. You will receive a warm welcome at all of our centres.

I felt soldiership was the option for me – and I was happier in my life because I felt I was making the right choice

While you do not have to be a member of The Salvation Army to attend worship meetings, or to receive practical help and support, there are two ways of making a commitment through the church.

Becoming a soldier - a member of a Salvation Army church - is a voluntary personal commitment arising from a personal spiritual conviction. 

Adherent members do not wear the uniform but are committed to The Salvation Army as their church and, as such, can identify themselves as members of The Salvation Army. It is the opportunity to explore your faith and how you best express is.

Salvation Army churches are led by officers (ministers). All officers are soldiers who feel they have been called by God into ministry through The Salvation Army. They then begin the process of becoming a Salvation Army officer.

Soldiership

One way to be a member is to become a soldier.

This is a voluntary personal commitment arising from a spiritual conviction. You will be invited to attend classes to explore the beliefs and practices of The Salvation Army, which will include exploration of your spiritual experience and the way in which this impacts on your lifestyle choices.

When a Salvation Army soldier is enrolled – officially joins the church – they publically demonstrate their decision by signing and adhering to the soldier’s covenant. Soldiers make a choice whether to wear the uniform or not based on their personal convictions.

Adherent members

Adherent members do not wear the uniform but are committed to The Salvation Army as their church and, as such, can identify themselves as members of The Salvation Army. It is the opportunity to explore your faith and how you best express is.

Not only is it important to The Salvation Army that adults find a place to worship and have the opportunity to become members, but that children and young people are included in this.

Children can also make a voluntary personal commitment to serve God through The Salvation Army, too. Through junior soldier classes, children can learn about God and make their own commitment to explore their spiritual experience and the impact it can make on their life choices.

In a public ceremony, they will sign the junior soldier’s promise to become a junior soldier member of The Salvation Army. Whether they wear the junior soldier’s uniform or not is up to them.

Becoming a Salvation Army officer

This calling is tested through assessment, practical experience and reports from various sources inside and outside The Salvation Army and supported by The Salvation Army as a church.

‘I lived a whole different life previously – drinking, partying. I didn’t mind giving it up – I didn’t want it.’

Successful candidates usually follow a two-year residential training programme – with an option for distance learning – to prepare them for life and ministry as a Salvation Army officer. At the conclusion of this training a service of covenant and commissioning takes place and the new officer is appointed to a specific community and church. For the next five years there is continual learning and feedback.

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