Called to be a SoldierExploring the Soldier's Covenant

Called to be a Soldier explores The Salvation Army Soldier’s Covenant, focusing in turn on each of the statements of intention that form the covenant by outlining the possibilities and opportunities of life as a Salvation Army soldier. The covenant is set in the context of Salvationist theology and practice, showing how the promises we make in response to God’s call are also Articles of War – a set of regulations which guide the conduct of an army.

The beliefs, values and behaviours outlined in the covenant call for dedication to God and God’s mission, holiness of heart and life, personal integrity and authenticity, and determination to live in ways that model what it means to be a follower of Christ. Living as a Salvation Army soldier is only possible by relying on the grace and guidance of God as we seek to translate into everyday living the commitments we have made.

General Brian Peddle (Rtd) writes: 'Called to be a Soldier is timely as it challenges us to engage personally in an active, obedient faith. We are becoming increasingly aware of the ways in which our world is interconnected. How we relate to each other as individuals, communities and nations is crucial for our society and environment. It is my conviction that Called to be a Soldier will provide a most helpful framework to think about these matters, and more. It will help us understand how Salvationist beliefs shape our actions. It will draw attention to the importance of worship. My prayer is that as you study its contents, you will grow in your conviction that Salvation Army soldiership is a calling of immense importance. Bring questions to your study, and bring your openness to the God who calls us into his service and mission.'

Published 2020. 


ISBN 978-1-912981-20-5

Available from your local Salvation Army trade department.


ISBN 978-1-912981-21-2