The International Moral and Social Issues Council (IMASIC) advises the General on contemporary moral and social issues, and recommends statements of official position on such issues.
Its members are drawn from all around the world, and include both officers and soldiers of The Salvation Army. The council also calls upon expertise from outside the Movement when necessary. The Chair of IMASIC is the Director of the International Social Justice Commission (ISJC), Colonel Geanette Seymour.
Salvation Army positional statements express the scriptural basis for the statement and the principles underlying it. They are intended to provide information to the public and guidance to Salvationists, and must be approved by the General before publication. While it is understood that individual Salvationists may hold different views on some subjects, official statements made on behalf of The Salvation Army by its officers and those who speak for the Movement must be consistent with the stated position.
Although much careful and prayerful thought is given to each positional statement before publication, they are all subject to periodic review. They may therefore be said only to represent the considered view of The Salvation Army on a given subject at a certain point in time.