San Diego Citadel Corps Community Center (Salvation Army)



Church Review
Scriptural View: 4/5
Missional View: 5/5
Community: 4/5

Website Review
Site Usabilility: 3/5
Site Design: 3/5
Site Content: 4/5

Summary: The Salvation Army is a Bible-believing, Evangelical ministry that reaches out to all people with a holistic mission of promoting Jesus Christ. Or as they say on their website:

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 closely related to the Protestant church, except they do not believe in the public observation of the sacraments. This is the one area we disagree, believing baptism and communion are valuable public demonstrations and traditions to remind us of what Christ has done and our re-birth in Him. The Pastor (they go by military terms) Major Warren Dabis was simple, applicable and straight-forward. The sermon was a topical message, which didn’t go too deep into Biblical text but did focus on Jesus Christ.

The Salvation Army is missional, serving the elderly, the homeless, children and everyone else through shelters, scout programs, exercise, arts & crafts, you name it. The founder is quoted as saying, “How can you talk to a man about his soul, if his stomach is empty?” Many may be familiar with the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing during the Christmas season to raise support for their many ministries. The community at the Church was welcoming and inviting to me. Many greeted me and asked me to stay for a breakfast that was served after service.

A missional, evangelical Church we recommend with our only caveat being, they do not publicly observer the sacraments (baptism, communion).

One Comment

  1. This is the current website, and we do believe in observing the sacrements (in fact we just did this on Good Friday) but we do not think that baptism is REQUIRED to go to heaven. It’s a beautiful thing to do and we encourage people to do it if they feel they want to.

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