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The Salvation Army
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Orientation Holiness movement
Scripture Bible
Structure Hierarchical
General Brian Peddle
Region Worldwide
Headquarters London, EC4
United Kingdom
Founder William and Catherine Booth
Origin 2 July 1865; 157 years ago (1865-07-02)
Separated from Methodism
Separations Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps (1981)
Congregations 15,409
Members 1,650,000
Ministers 26,359
Other name(s) East London Christian Mission (formerly)

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian organization. It was founded by William and Catherine Booth in the East End of London, England in 1865. It was called the Christian Mission to start with, but in 1878, the name was changed. The Booths came from a Methodist tradition, but today the teachings of the movement are mainstream Protestant. They focus on preaching, and on helping those in need. They also actively help in disaster relief.

The Salvation Army operates in over 100 countries today. Its members devote themselves to teaching Christian morals, helping those in need, like the homeless, the sick, the poor, and others. It operates facilities like shelters, thrift stores, orphanages, fundraisers, and a brass band, and offers Sunday church services. It is one of the largest charitable organisations in the world which means that it relies on people to give it money to use.

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