The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practice. The Army's doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God's saving purposes.
Its religious and charitable objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion ... and, pursuant thereto, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole'.*
|William Booth preaching at a London tent meeting
The Movement, founded in London, England, in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth, has spread to many parts of the world.
The rapid deployment of the first Salvationists was aided by the adoption of a quasi-military command structure in 1878 when the title ‘The Salvation Army' was brought into use. A similarly practical organisation today enables resources to be equally flexible.
Responding to a recurrent theme in Christianity which sees the Church engaged in spiritual warfare, The Salvation Army has used to advantage certain soldierly features such as uniforms, flags and ranks to identify, inspire and regulate its endeavours.
Evangelistic and social enterprises are maintained, under the authority of the General, by full-time officers and employees, as well as soldiers who give service in their free time. The Army also benefits from the support of many adherents and friends, including those who serve on advisory boards.
|Preaching the Gospel
Leadership in The Salvation Army is provided by commissioned and ordained officers who are recognised as fully accredited ministers of religion.
Salvationists accept a disciplined and compassionate life of high moral standards which includes abstinence from alcohol and tobacco.
From its earliest days The Salvation Army has accorded women equal opportunities, every rank and service being open to them, and from childhood the young are encouraged to love and serve God.
Raised to evangelise, the Army spontaneously embarked on schemes for the social betterment of the poor. Such concerns developed, wherever the Army operates, in practical, skilled and cost-effective ways. Evolving social services meet endemic needs and specific crises worldwide. Highly trained staff are employed in up-to-date facilities.
|Flood relief in Mozambique
The need for modernisation and longer-term development is under continual review. Increasingly the Army's policy and its indigenous membership allow it to cooperate with international relief agencies and governments alike.
The Army's partnership with both private and public philanthropy will continue to bring comfort to the needy, while the proclamation of God's redemptive love revealed in Jesus Christ offers individuals and communities the opportunity to know spiritual fulfilment here on earth and a place in Christ's eternal Kingdom.
The Salvation Army of San Angelo
In 1901, The Salvation Army established its ministry along the banks of the Concho River and has continued to serve those in need throughout the Concho Valley area for over one hundred years. Its international longevity has reflected a respected and wonderful reputation among people for generations. Because of our identity, people of all walks of life are aware of who we are and what we do, particularly with regard to our services. Each year, The Salvation Army provides immediate assistance to hundreds of applicants who are faced with some type of hardship. The residual effect on lives of individuals turns hundreds of applicants into thousands of people served in this community. These are individuals who, in turn, will be productive in the community, often supporting the very programs that supported them in their time of need. Additionally, public recognition of the red shield and the number of people in every community who have been touched by our services at some point in their lives offer a true testimonial toward a unique and accountable organization with a proven history of stability.
The Salvation Army of San Angelo sits on the board of the Concho Valley Homeless Planning Coalition. The Salvation Army also collaborates with multiple partners in the non-profit human service arena. Included in, but not limit to, these working relationships are: Concho Valley Regional Food Bank; American Red Cross; Christians In Action; and Catholic Outreach Services.