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Mission Statement

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 the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


The Salvation Army has been in Lakeland since 1921. The main focus in our community is to help families with children regain and maintain independence.


History of The Salvation Army

Founded in 1865 by Methodist minister William Booth in London, England, The Salvation Army incorporates the principals of Christianity while providing the basic human necessities for those in need.

Although it isn’t required for people to attend a service to receive a service, the love of Jesus Christ is certainly the motivation behind why we do what we do. We feel people will be more likely to listen to the Gospel if they are well fed, clothed and sheltered; therefore, it is our mission to meet these physical needs so that those we help will be receptive to the message.

Leadership in the Army is provided by commissioned officers who are recognized ministers of religion. All Salvationists accept a disciplined and compassionate life of high moral standards which include abstinence from alcohol and tobacco. From its earliest days the Army has accorded women equal opportunities, every rank and service being open to them, and from childhood the young people are encouraged to love and serve God.