How can I join The Salvation Army

Salvation Army meetings (church services) are usually open to all. You don't have to be a Salvationist to attend; you'll be welcome to share in Christian worship.

Becoming a Salvation Army soldier however (member) involves a commitment to a relationship with God and to living a Salvationist lifestyle, so it's a serious matter.

The first requirement for anyone who wishes to become a soldier is that they are 'saved' - they have asked God to forgive their wrong attitudes and actions, they ask Jesus into their life and, with his help, determine now try to live a life that is pleasing to him.

Before anyone becomes a soldier they attend a series of informal 'classes' when, with a Salvationist whose responsibility it is to care for those wishing to become soldiers, they study Salvation Army beliefs and what a Salvationist lifestyle is like. These classes may be held for one person only or for a group of people, depending on such things as how many wish to become soldiers, convenience of times. Those who are attending such classes are known as 'recruits'.

Having completed these classes, if anyone doubts whether it is right for them to become a soldier they may prefer to delay it or decide against soldiership altogether. If the decision to be a soldier still stands, then recruits' names are presented to the corps pastoral care council for acceptance as soldiers. A public ceremony of swearing-in as a soldier is then held, usually during a regular Sunday meeting.

If people do not want to take on the commitment of soldiership, but still wish to make The Salvation Army their church, they may become adherents instead.

Helping with our work

Often there are openings for people to share in our work as volunteers. You don't have to be a Salvationist - or even a Christian - for this; but clearly you would need to be in sympathy with the aims and motivation of The Salvation Army. The opportunities for volunteers vary greatly from place to place. They can be helping at a hostel or residential home for the elderly, or at a local corps or community centre, or maybe in a charity shop.

Volunteers are also important in our Fundraising campaigns. So at present we'd advise you first to contact the divisional (regional) headquarters which covers your area. Ask to speak to the Director for Personnel. For fundraising opportunities, contact the Fundraising Department at our London headquarters.