The Salvation Army's founders, William and Catherine Booth, were Methodists and William was a minister in that denomination. They both believed that William was called by God to be an evangelist and they did not agree with the decision of Medthodist officials that he should be confined to a local church situation.
So strongly did the Booth's believe William should be an evangelist that he resigned from the Methodist ministry and they moved to London with their young family. After being invited by a group of Christians from a small mission to preach on the streets to the crowds thronging the Mile End in East London, William was sure he had found his destiny.
The group made William its leader, and became known as The East London Christian Mission. The mission grew rapidly, its work spreading through Great Britian, resulting in its name being changed to The Christian Mission.
In 1878 the Mission's name was changed once more - this time to The Salvation Army. Such a military name fired members' imagination and enthusiasm, and uniforms were adopted and military terms were given to aspects of worship, administration and practice.
While over the years the Army had adapted its military image to changing times, it still retains a distinctive uniform and structure to enable it more effectively to combat wrong and make known the good news of Jesus.
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