The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army lives out its mission through diverse, unified expressions across Australia. We achieve our goals through a culture of courageous stewardship; committed to leadership and delivering innovative and progressive services within a financially sustainable framework. We know we are succeeding when we see people empowered beyond their circumstances.
You can find The Salvation Army in city streets, on rural farms and in suburban centres. Our people are on the ground day and night, bringing hope to those who need it most:
• Hope for people who are homeless or escaping violence.
• Hope for people trapped in addiction or battling mental illness.
• Hope for people affected by disasters or financial troubles.
• Hope for anyone feeling hopeless.
Together that’s what we are – a group of people united by faith and motivated by a message of hope.
Faith and Ecology
The Salvation Army believes people are made in the image of God and have been entrusted with the care of the Earth and everything in it.
The Salvation Army recognises environmental degradation as one of the most pressing issues facing the world today with its effects felt disproportionately by the most vulnerable communities, particularly in terms of health, livelihood, shelter and the opportunity to make choices. The Salvation Army is concerned about the effects of environmental damage on present and future generations. Sustainable environmental practices are required to meet today’s global needs and aspirations without compromising the lives of future generations.
The Salvation Army seeks to improve its responses to environmental degradation by affirming the following actions:
1. We acknowledge our lack of care for the environment and seek repentance, thereby endeavouring to be more consciously involved in seeking a changed attitude that will lead towards a more responsible use of the environment and its resources.
2. We will encourage changes in Salvationists’ attitudes to the environment that will lead toward a more responsible use of the environment and its resources by encouraging reflection on current and past practice.
3. We will enact sound environmental policies and practices within The Salvation Army including comprehensive recycling, environmentally sensitive purchasing policies, environmentally responsible waste management practices, and the development of innovative ways to reduce the destructive use of natural resources.
4. We will mitigate the impacts of environmental degradation by the training, education and awareness-raising of Salvationists, towards a goal of improving their environmental practices.
5. We will provide practical care and advocacy for those who are impacted by adverse or damaging environmental situations.
6. We will seek opportunities for cooperation and coordination with all governments, people and organisations of goodwill who are working towards a common goal of sustainable lifestyles and environmental care.
Engagement with other faiths
As part of the universal Christian Church, The Salvation Army values its relationships with other churches and welcomes the opportunity to worship, work and witness together. We are also committed to interfaith engagement.
More information Website links/media
www.salvos.org.au for information about The Salvation Army in Australia
www.salvationarmy.org/isjc for information in relation to our social justice agenda, resources and activities globally