Becoming a Salvation Army Soldier
If you are interested in becoming a member of Kroc Church, please contact Major Timothy Best at 233-9471, or [email protected]
What We Believe
To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination...that is the mission of The Salvation Army. Since 1865, when William Booth founded our movement in England, The Salvation Army has been passionately pursuing the spiritual and physical needs of people from all walks of life all over the world, in 123 countries and over 175 languages.
While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While little children go hungry, I’ll fight;
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, I’ll fight;
While there is a drunkard left,
while there is a poor lost girl on the streets,
where there remains one dark soul without the light of God – I’ll fight!
I’ll fight to the very end!
-William Booth, Salvation Army Founder
"Never!" Catherine cried from the first row of the balcony, before her husband could utter a word. William Booth, a Methodist minister, had been faulted for welcoming the poor to his services. Church leaders wanted him to promise that the welcome mat would be rolled up and put away. Catherine answered for him. Little wonder that she wrote, "The more I see of fashionable religion, the more I despise it."
As highly-born as her husband was not, Catherine was gifted with a keen mind, unswerving conviction, and resolute courage. She would eventually write compellingly on behalf of women preachers. Her husband agreed with her. The Orders and Regulations that he drafted maintained that "women should have the right to equal share with men in the work of publishing salvation." And in a vein that would cause modern feminists to rejoice, William also insisted that "women must be treated as equal with men in all intellectual and social relationships of life." To date, The Salvation Army has had two female Generals, the highest office of leadership in the international organization. Our current General is Commissioner Linda Bond, world leader of The Salvation Army.
The Booths knew that the work of God would advance only if Christians dedicated themselves without hesitation or qualification. The Salvation Army is a unique and special church founded upon social equality and the promises of God which honor the heart of every man, woman and child.
Recently, a new facet of The Salvation Army was brought about by a generous donation from Joan Kroc. South Bend is among the recipients of a Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. While the mission has not changed, the way we go about our mission has evolved. The Center focuses on creating opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to grow their natural gifts and talents. The Salvation Army Kroc Centers have been blessed with an opportunity to continually develop what it means to preach the gospel and meet human need.
The Salvation Army Doctrines
- We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
- We believe that there is only one God who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
- We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
- We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
- We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
- We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.
- We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that He that believeth hath the witness in Himself.
- We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
- We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.