Participatory, Organic Church Ideas From Salvation Army Leaders

“There is a danger of the old clergy and laity idea creeping in amongst us. The common church idea is that of a minister doing all the fighting and feeding, while his congregation does all the looking on and swallowing. We are an Army. Every soldier is expected to fight.” –Frederick Booth-Tucker

“I am afraid the idea has sometimes got abroad that officers (Salvation Army pastors) are intended to be like parsons and preach sermons, to monopolize all the time of a meeting while the people they are supposed to lead in fighting do nothing.” –Edward Higgins, third General of The Salvation Army

“There is no room for passive membership. In this sense, ’soldier’ is a better word than ‘member’.  Members can be passive or active; they may do no more than belong on the rolls. Soldiers cannot only belong; they are either fighting or maintaining readiness for battle – otherwise, they are not really soldiers’. ” –Commissioner Phil Needham

“These people stand in these paths of traditionalism and routinism just where their forefathers left them occupying all their time admiring the wisdom and benevolence and devotion of their forefathers instead of imitating their aggressive faith and marching on to the conquest of the world.”  –Catherine Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army

“It was only the repressing, keeping down, and ultimately, I am afraid, the all but extinguishing of the Holy Spirit’s urgings that has led to the state in which many of you now are, and to the dead way in which many of our services are conducted.”  –Catherine Booth

“What unkind things have been said of The Salvation Army because people at our meetings have fallen on their faces under the convicting power of the Spirit”.   –Catherine Booth

“People contend that we must have quiet, proper, decorous services.  I say, where is your authority for this?”  –Catherine Booth

“We Salvationists expect it (the personal reign of Christ) to be preceded by further and mightier outpourings of the Holy Ghost than any yet known.”  –William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army

“People come to the quarters of our army and see our sisters and brothers dancing; they are shocked. Is this religion? They ask. Certainly. Why should the devil have all the dancing, I’d like to know? I expect to go on dancing through all eternity. It is a great deal better than to go and sit in a place like a lot of mummies in a pyramid in Egypt.”  –William Booth

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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