Strategic Priorities - Salvation Army Canada

Strategic Priorities

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The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.


Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.

Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.

Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.


The Canada and Bermuda territory of The Salvation Army has adopted the theme “mobilize” to convey the essence of its seven strategic priorities. This theme is expanded to include three key words:

1. Upward: This emphasizes the spiritual well-being and growth of Salvationists individually and corporately. It focuses attention on spiritual formation and maturity.

2. Outward: This capture The Salvation Army commitment to love and care deeply for others through dedicated service – proclaiming freedom in Christ and bringing hope and dignity.

3. Onward: This expresses the necessity of preparation, motivation, and continuous advancement.

One Army, One Mission, One Message

We see a God-raised, Spirit-filled Army for the 21st century—convinced of our calling and moving forward together.

1. Spiritual Health

Goal: To cultivate the spiritual well-being of Salvationists, employees, volunteers and the people we serve.


  • Educate and encourage people to live holy lives (e.g. prayer, Bible study, preaching, service, etc.)
  • Encourage all ministry units and programs to identify spiritual objectives
  • Develop diverse resources that foster spiritual health

2. Leadership Development

Goal: To give Salvationists and employees opportunities to grow their leadership potential to advance the mission


  • Develop an approach to educational support that is both intentional and sequential for both officers and employees
  • Implement the LEADS capability framework across the territory
  • Increase enrollment at the College for Officer Training
  • Develop and implement an “8 Year Plan” for officer training
  • Offer leadership development opportunities to lay leaders at the corps level
  • Develop and train leaders to use a coaching approach in the development of all leaders

3. Social Justice

Goal: To promote dignity, with a focus on those experiencing marginalization or vulnerability


  • Deliver services in ways that respect and value people
  • Educate Salvationists, employees and others about living justly
  • Develop resources and stand up against situations of injustice that oppress and marginalize people

4. Integrated Mission

Goal: To strengthen communities by responding holistically to the people we meet 


  • Motivate and equip all ministry units to embrace integrated mission as a way of life
  • Implement an approach that cares for the whole person—body, mind and spirit
  • Encourage every ministry unit to engage in initiatives that help to transform communities
  • Celebrate the strengths of people

5. Children and Youth

Goal: To lead children and youth to faith in Christ, creating CHRIST-centred, OTHERS-focused disciples


  • Implement strategies to effectively reach and minister to children and youth
  • Develop and utilize Salvation Army-specific resources and programs (e.g. Ready to Lead (Corps Cadets), Ready to Serve, Just for Kids, etc.)
  • Identify and equip Salvationists to lead children and youth programs
  • Provide opportunities for children and youth to develop leadership skills (e.g. camp staff, corps council membership, music programs, etc.)
  • Engage entire families in children and youth discipleship

6. The Gospel and Transformation

Goal: To share the gospel, lead people to Christ and nurture them in their faith


  • Provide evangelism training and resources that empower Salvationists and others to share their faith
  • Adapt outreach methods to best reach people for Christ
  • Encourage ministry units to work and witness outside of their buildings to bring hope to their communities
  • Embrace cultural diversity with sensitivity and openness
  • Care for all creation as an act of worship to God
  • Create diverse opportunities for worship grounded in Salvation Army doctrine and practice
  • Celebrate stories of transformation and new life in Christ

7. Discipleship

Goal: To encourage Salvationists to develop their relationships with God and express their faith through acts of service


  • Ensure that every ministry unit keeps intentional disciple-making central to ministry efforts and programs
  • Develop Salvationist-specific discipleship resources
  • Encourage fully-engaged, active Salvationism through junior and senior soldiership
  • Emphasize and facilitate mentoring relationships
  • Equip Salvationists to actively serve their world in mission

Glossary of Terms

An adult member of a Salvation Army corps who has not signed the Soldier’s Covenant.

Commission: A document presented publicly, authorizing an officer, or local officer to fulfill a specified ministry.

Corps: A Salvation Army unit established for the preaching of the gospel, worship, teaching and fellowship and to provide Christian-motivated service in the community.

Corps council: A committee comprised of selected corps attendees who advise and assist the corps officer(s) on matters concerning the progress and well-being of the corps, including spiritual life, budgeting, work among young people, etc.

Corps officer: A commissioned Salvation Army officer in charge of a corps.

Discipleship: The process by which followers of Jesus Christ grow and mature in their faith.

Evangelism: Sharing the message of Jesus Christ through various means for the purpose of introducing others to Jesus.

Junior soldier: A boy or girl who, having accepted Jesus as their Saviour, has signed the Junior Soldier’s Promise and become a Salvationist.

Local officer: A senior soldier appointed to an unpaid position of responsibility and authority within the corps.

Ministry unit: A Salvation Army centre which may be a corps, a social service centre, an administrative office, etc.

Officer: A senior soldier who has been trained, commissioned and ordained to full time service and leadership, in response to God’s call.  An officer is a recognized minister of religion.

Salvationist: Includes all officers, senior soldiers, junior soldiers and adherents.

Senior soldier: A member of a Salvation Army corps over the age of 13 who has signed the Soldier’s Covenant.

Soldier’s Covenant: The statement of beliefs and promises which every intending soldier is required to sign before enrollment.