Raised up by God, The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church with its own distinctive governance and practices. The Army's doctrine follows the mainstream Christian beliefs and articles of faith emphasizing 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.”
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 its advisory boards. The Army's partnership with both private and public philanthropy will continue to bring comfort to the needy, while proclamation of God's redemptive love as revealed in Jesus Christ will continue to offer individuals and communities the opportunity to know spiritual fulfillment here on earth and receive a place in Christ's eternal Kingdom.
USA Eastern Territory
The Salvation Army was incorporated as a religious and charitable corporation in the State of New York in 1899 and is qualified to conduct its affairs in all states within the USA Eastern Territory, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Northeast Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Within the USA Eastern Territory, the gospel is preached in Creole, English, Korean, Laotian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. In total, approximately 175 languages and dialects are utilized by The Salvation Army to spread the Word of the Lord in 116 countries around the world.