Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by Maud and Ballington Booth. Their commission was to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the immediate knowledge and active service of God. As a product of the social gospel movement, Volunteers of America’s emphasis has always been on the unity of the message. The movement now embraces nearly all aspects of the Christian faith, reflecting a doctrine of pluralism that affirms the central truth of Christianity, but acknowledges the many paths that have developed to experiencing that truth.
Our Ministry of Service
Volunteers of America is a Christian church that answers God’s call to transform the world through a ministry of service that feeds, clothes and demonstrates to all people that they are beloved children of God.
About Our Ministry:
Our Work. Our Faith.
For more than a century, dedicated men and women have felt the call to Christian ministry in Volunteers of America. Our ministers are drawn from every Christian denomination and are encouraged to serve as active members of other churches. This understanding of ministry derives from the foundation of Volunteers of America as both a church and an “auxiliary” to the universal Christian church with a special mission of service. To be accepted as spiritual leaders in our ministry of service, Volunteers of America ministers must meet all requirements for theological study and spiritual formation. Volunteers of America ministers evangelize through acts of compassion that evidence their faith and service to God.
Spiritual Support for Clients
Volunteers of America co-founder Ballington Booth described the special role of Volunteers of America as “an organization which brings together the work of the church and the work of the social service organization.” For more than a century, Volunteers of America has provided essential services and opportunities to people of all faiths. We excel at meeting immediate needs, but are able to transform lives through our belief in, and reliance on, grace.