The International Leader of The Salvation Army, General Shaw Clifton, is scheduled to visit Dallas and Fort Worth, June 6-9, 2010. General Clifton, and his wife, Commissioner Helen Clifton, will tour several Salvation Army facilities during their brief stay in North Texas.
Included in the itinerary is a public meeting at the Dallas Temple Salvation Army church (6500 Harry Hines Blvd) on Monday evening, June 7 at 7:00 PM. This event will include music and participation by Salvationists (church members) from the Dallas area and will feature an address by General Clifton. On Tuesday, General and Commissioner Clifton will participate in a Rededication Service of the Mabee Social Services facility in Fort Worth and will also meet with Advisory Board members of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex Area Command.
General Shaw Clifton was elected 18th General of The Salvation Army on January 28, 2006 by the High Council and took office on April 2, 2006. The General directs Salvation Army operations in 121 countries throughout the world through the administrative departments of International Headquarters in London, England. As well as developing international policy and giving overall direction, the General also ensures the internationalism of The Salvation Army. He travels widely in countries in where The Salvation Army is active, and is an inspirational speaker.
In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated by the national commander, currently Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, whose office is at the national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories: the Central with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, The Eastern with headquarters in West Nyack, New York, the Southern with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Western with headquarters in Long Beach, California. Each territory is under the leadership of a territorial commander.
Territories are made up of units known as divisions. There are 40 in the United States and each is headed by a divisional commander. Divisions consist of corps centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs. Each corps is under the supervision of a corps officer.
The Salvation Army’s military style is rooted in the militaristic spirit prevalent in the mid-1800s, when William and Catherine Booth founded the organization. This organizational style has proven effective in making the Army a highly disciplined and mobile organization, able to respond quickly and efficiently to human need whenever and wherever it arises, as stated in The Salvation Army mission statement:
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.