Many people know that The Salvation Army is a charity and that we do good work with people in need. Not everyone is aware that we are also an integral part of the Christian Church. 

Founded in the East of London by one-time Methodist minister William Booth in 1865, The Salvation Army grew quickly and became known for speaking into the social issues of the day and for being a church for anybody, irrespective of class or background. Today we are found at work in 125 countries.

There are many different Christian Churches. 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 Army’s doctrines follow the mainstream of Christian belief and emphasise God’s saving purposes. Our objectives are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objectives beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.

To discover more about the International Salvation Army, visit
For more information of the Army's work in the UK, go to