Christian Church



Cross mounted on a Salvation Army building

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the worldwide Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice.

We commit ourselves:

  • - to make known our common life in Christ through shared witness, worship and service
  • - to participate with our ecumenical partners, locally and nationally, in areas of social action and engagement in the public concern
  • - to deepen relationships through fellowship and shared pilgrimage
  • - to seek to do collectively all that would further the Kingdom of God.

Christianity in the UK and Ireland today

There are many different Christian Churches. The Salvation Army is just one. However, each different Christian expression has the same basic beliefs and calling: to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people. The Salvation Army is committed to ecumenism, that is, the search for unity between all Christians.

International Church

The Salvation Army works in 124 countries.  Find out more about our international work.

Churches working together

Churches work together to co-ordinate the work they each do separately.  However, ecumenism is more than just working together. It means a real commitment by each expression of church to deepen its fellowship with the others, and - without losing what makes each one unique and interestingly different - to work with them towards a greater unity in the world. The Salvation Army has demonstrated its commitment to ecumenism by being a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and other ecumenical bodies and organisations, and by working with other churches at a national and local level. 

Understanding with other faiths

In Britain today people of many different faiths and beliefs live side by side. According to the 2001 census, 76.8% of people identified themselves as having a religious faith: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian and other traditions.

We live in a multicultural and multi-faith (and no faith) society. The question is how well we do as Christians and Salvationists know and understand the beliefs and practices of others?

Learn more about building bridges to good inter-faith relations in places where we live.