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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use American English |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The Salvation Army is a Christian denominational church and an international charitable organization structured in a quasi-military fashion. The organization reports a worldwide membership of over 1.5 million,<ref name="stats">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists. Its founders Catherine and William Booth sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". It is present in 127 countries,<ref name="127 countries">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, and providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries. In the US, the Salvation Army claims to be largely a secular service provider not a religious denomination, and seeks funds through united charities such as the United Way.

The theology of the Salvation Army is derived from that of Methodism although it is distinctive in institution and practice. The Army's doctrine is typical of evangelical Protestant denominations. The Army's purposes are "the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole."<ref name=Sallieanntheology>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth. Originally known as the East London Christian Mission, in 1878 Booth reorganized the mission, becoming its first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to the present day.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The current world leader of The Salvation Army is General André Cox, who was elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013.<ref>COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX ELECTED 20TH GENERAL OF THE SALVATION ARMY</ref>

The Salvation Army is estimated to hold 0.3% share among the worldwide Protestant population.<ref name="pewforum">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


The Salvation Army sections
Intro  History  Structure, organization and expenditures  Beliefs  Symbols  Services  Honours  Publications  Controversy  See also  Notes and references  Bibliography  External links  

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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use American English |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use dmy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The Salvation Army is a Christian denominational church and an international charitable organization structured in a quasi-military fashion. The organization reports a worldwide membership of over 1.5 million,<ref name="stats">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists. Its founders Catherine and William Booth sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". It is present in 127 countries,<ref name="127 countries">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, and providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries. In the US, the Salvation Army claims to be largely a secular service provider not a religious denomination, and seeks funds through united charities such as the United Way.

The theology of the Salvation Army is derived from that of Methodism although it is distinctive in institution and practice. The Army's doctrine is typical of evangelical Protestant denominations. The Army's purposes are "the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole."<ref name=Sallieanntheology>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth. Originally known as the East London Christian Mission, in 1878 Booth reorganized the mission, becoming its first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to the present day.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The current world leader of The Salvation Army is General André Cox, who was elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013.<ref>COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX ELECTED 20TH GENERAL OF THE SALVATION ARMY</ref>

The Salvation Army is estimated to hold 0.3% share among the worldwide Protestant population.<ref name="pewforum">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


The Salvation Army sections
Intro  History  Structure, organization and expenditures  Beliefs  Symbols  Services  Honours  Publications  Controversy  See also  Notes and references  Bibliography  External links  

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