A Salvation Army corps
is a church
and place of worship in The Salvation Army
. In keeping with Salvationist convention in using military terminology
, corps are sometimes casually known as barracks
. Traditionally many corps were additionally called temples or citadels, such as Openshaw Citadel
but a move is happening to remove confusing titles and simply refer to all Salvation Army faith communities as Corps.
Corps are usually led by an officer
or married officer couple, who fulfil the role of a Pastor
in other denominations. Officers in these positions are known as "Corps Officers" or CO's, and are generally Lieutenants, Captains or Majors. Terms for Officers vary in each country and often serve a term from as little as six months to 10 years. Appointments are decided on by the countries Territorial or Regional Headquarters with much prayer and planning.
The Salvationists week is full of prayer, study, evangelism and social care in their local community. Sunday worship at the local Salvation Army corps is the highlight for the Salvationist as it is a time or reflection on one's self and through worship they find regeneration of the Holy Spirit for the week's service ahead of them. Worship is very important in the local corps and brings encouragement, teaching and spiritual guidance to the attenders. Everyone is welcome to the local Salvation Army corps worship service - it is not exclusive to soldiers only. All worship services are open to anyone who is... Read More