The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the main stream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes.

The Salvation Army is at work in 124 countries.

The Salvation Army’s work is as extensive as the number of countries in which it serves to build the Kingdom. Because of its calling to holistic ministry, the Salvation Army operates both like a church and a humanitarian/relief and development organization. The two go hand in hand. From large-scale disaster responses to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and famines, to smaller scale income generating programs throughout the world, the international development office at the Salvation Army provides oversight, accountability, and local capacity development to hundreds of projects worldwide.

The Salvation Army also has a zeal for introducing people to Jesus Christ. In the 111 countries where the Army works, there are thousands of worshiping congregations, youth groups, and active members (called soldiers) who carry out the mission and vision of the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army regularly has evangelistic campaigns, corps (church) planting initiatives, leadership training, and summer youth camps that serve to introduce people to Christ and disciple new believers toward a fruitful life of service.