Being a Salvationist

Elizabeth, a Salvationst at Addlestone corps and friend

Did you know that more than 1.5 million people, around the world, worship every week at The Salvation Army?

We are a Christian church and the spiritual home for many people who don’t attend worship on a Sunday. 

Our worship meetings are open to anyone – there’s no need to wear a uniform to participate. Music is an important aspect of our worship – sometimes a brass band, often contemporary Christian music, always congregational singing and usually a group of singers who all help people worship and reflect.

You should expect to receive a warm welcome at The Salvation Army. 

Being a soldier in The Salvation Army is a lifestyle commitment that helps me live out my Christian faith – it challenges me to love God and serve others in the decisions I make every day.
Bethany (28), London

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Salvation Army corps (churches) are usually led by officers (ministers). All officers are first and foremost soldiers. The Salvation Army believes God has a plan for everyone’s life. Some soldiers are called by God to be officers in The Salvation Army.  

Salvation Army officers are well trained – usually one year distance learning, two years residential learning, and then distance learning in the first five years of ministry. Many Salvation Army officers complete bachelor degrees; others go onto obtain advanced degrees and professional qualifications. 

You do not have to be a member of The Salvation Army to attend worship meetings, or to receive practical help and support, but many people want to belong – and we want people to feel they belong to The Salvation Army. Most importantly, we want everyone to deepen their relationship with God, Father, Son and Spirit. 

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When I started coming to The Salvation Army, everyone showed love. There is a warm welcome to everyone.
Catherine, Hemel Hempstead

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