Virtual Ministry 2020 - Salvation Army Canada

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Everyone is welcome to attend a Salvation Army corps (church) and be part of our faith community.  Some people choose to make a more formal level of commitments as an Adherent, Soldier or Officer of The Salvation Army.

Membership as an adherent, soldier or officer beings with salvation.  The basis of faith is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. 

HELPFUL DEFINITIONS

Adherent: A member of The salvation Army who has not made a commitment to soldiership. Adherents are Christians who consider a local Salvation Army corps to be their church home, and want to support its vitality through their presence and involvement.

Junior Soldier: A boy or girl up to the age of 18, who has accepted Jesus as their Saviour and signed the Junior Soldier's Promise. More about Junior Soldiers.

Soldier: A converted person at least 14 years of age who has, with the approval of the senior pastoral care council, been enrolled as a member of The Salvation Army after signing the Soldier's Covenant.

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

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

Officer:  A Salvationist who has been trained, commissioned and ordained to service and leadership, in response to God's call.  An Officer is a recognized minister of religion.

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Virtual Ministry 2020

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Filed Under: Ministry Resources
Here is what we discovered looking at 2020 SAMIS statistics.

70% Recent statistics show that 70% of corps in the Canada and Bermuda Territory conducted virtual Sunday Worship in 2020.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Ephesians 6:18

45% of corps conducted VIRTUAL Prayer and Bible Study or Cell Groups.

62% Initiated systems for calling and mailing cards to corps and group members.Finding ways to connect regularly that are not dependent on technology proved successful.

46% Delivered special care and resource packages to members. Sermon door delivery, special packages for Sunday School activities, Mother's Day gifts and more.

37% INCREASE in Pastoral Visitation over last year. COVID brought the need for pastoral ministry to the forefront.  Even though in person ministry was limited, new methods were used.

Throughout the pandemic Salvation Army corps have made every effort to connect with members and those in need in the community.  Community & Family Services locations with the financial aid of Agriculture Canada record the following:

12,277,156 pounds of food distributed
$709,715 distributed in gift cards
1,168,019 meals served
285,082 households served
30,031 new households served.