The Salvation Army: Core Values Unknown

By | December 23, 2023

[December 23, 2023]  Ten years ago, I wrote a short article about the core values of the Salvation Army (USA).  I’m a massive fan of this organization, but it is changing, and that makes me hesitate.  Founded in 1865 in London by Catherine and William Booth, they sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute, and hungry.  I don’t think, however, that has changed.

In December 2013, I wrote that the Salvation Army’s core values were:

  • Passion
  • Compassion
  • Bravery
  • Uplifting Spirit
  • Trust

Their core values are no longer on their website (link here).  In its place is a lengthy statement on their “commitment to diversity.”  I was able to find these core values that I listed in my 2013 article on the website of the Blue Island (Crossgenerations) Salvation Army (link here), dated May 10, 2019.  I had to hunt for that link because it is not easily found.  Why?  Is there something wrong with this list of core values?

The Salvation Army’s mission statement is unchanged:

“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 is a worthy organization helping people experiencing poverty in America and worldwide.  They are one of the few International NGOs that can be trusted to do the right thing.  However, my view is changing.  What will become of the Salvation Army in the near future?  Are they trapped in the woke ideology prevalent so in large organizations today?  Maybe.

Will I donate this year to the Salvation Army like I do annually?  For the first time in more than three decades, the answer is “no.”  My efforts will be local to those I can trust.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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19 thoughts on “The Salvation Army: Core Values Unknown

    1. Forrest Gump

      Hi Eddie, “woke” is the idea that there are NO moral values and everything is relative and no way of thinking or acting that is better or worse than any other. The wokesters say that if you think this way, then you are superior to everyone else. This is why we see so many young people adopt it, because it is easy and you are automatically better than the “lower” peoples. Bascially “woke” is “stupid is, as stupid does.”

  1. Rev. Michael Cain

    Sad if the Salvation Army is going downhill. I hope and pray not. 🙏

  2. Melissa Jackson

    Hi Gen. Satterfield. Thank you for your articles. They are diverse in subject and always interesting but, like this one, frustrating. Frustrating because a once noble organization is falling for the woke ideology trap. If they are going in this direction, it needs to be exposed and the leaders need to answer for what they are doing to pander to the woke radical leftists that have Marxism at their base. Just give us some assurance that the Salvation Army is not going woke. Please.

    1. Fred Weber

      I agree with you Melissa. One thing that is important. If the head of the Salvation Army rejects the notion that they are going woke and he does so indignantly, then you can be convinced that he is lying.

  3. Lady Hawk

    Is the Salvation Army going WOKE? That is a question that needs answering. Help us find out.

  4. Jerome Smith

    FYI. I called the Salvation Army main number to ask about this ‘oversight’ when they removed their core values. The person on the other end, a very nice lady, said she didn’t understand what I was talking about and that the SA has not changed at all in the last ten years. I know that is untrue because all this “diversity” crap has only manifested in the last 3 years. I don’t like disingenuous folks of any sex or race. Maybe she is just ignorant. I’ll let it go at that.

  5. Yusaf from Texas

    Don’t ya just love it when you read these articles. If I’d known this, I would NOT have donation to the American Salvation Army but maybe local SAs as long as they would prove they are not WOKE. Now that might be a little difficult. My recommendation is to find another charity.

      1. JT Patterson

        Good one Newbie. If you are still in Seattle, then I suggest you get out while you can. Woke cities are self-destructing.

      2. Randy Goodman

        True, but the article is serious. Why would the Salvation Army main HQ remove their values from their website. Maybe someone could call them to find out. I doubt they would give a truthful answer. Go figure. When wokies get caught, they play dumb. This is part of the way they do business. They have to hide their true intentions else they will be exposed for their practices of racism.


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