The C&MA is a worldwide Christian Missionary and Church planting movement. We are an alliance of evangelical believers, joined together through individual Churches, committed to fulfilling the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are Christian because we believe and follow Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. We are Missionary because we are committed to reaching people everywhere (locally and overseas) with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The C&MA is committed to world missions, stressing the fullness of Jesus Christ in personal experience, building the body of Christ, and preaching the Gospel around the world.
The C&MA worldwide has cross-cultural workers in over 60 countries winning people to Christ, establishing them in “Great Commission” churches and training local leadership.
In Australia we have local churches in every State apart from Tasmania and The Northern Territory. As a church planting denomination, it is our desire to have local churches in every sizeable population centre.
Almost 50 percent of our churches are inter-cultural, including: Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, Indonesian, Korean, Messianic Jewish and Spanish speaking congregations. Our National Office and the Alliance College of Australia are located in Canberra ACT.
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History of the C&MA
The Christian and Missionary Alliance, or “the Alliance” as it is most often known, is an evangelical denomination with an Australian representation of some 40 churches. Internationally, the Alliance includes some 7,500 churches, 1,200 career missionaries, and 2.5 million members on six continents.
Founded in 1887 at Old Orchard, Maine, by Dr. Albert B. Simpson, a Canadian-born Presbyterian minister, the C&MA was originally established as an evangelical foreign missionary organisation that received support from an alliance of Christians from several denominations and nationalities.
A.B. Simpson entered the ministry at age 21, after graduating from Knox College in Toronto. He became pastor of the Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto, and in his eight years there, saw some 750 persons added to the membership.
He then pastored a respected church in a major American city, but his spirit soon grew discontented as he assessed his congregation in light of the city and its need. During a time of fervent prayer, he became aware that before anything could happen in his church, something must first happen to him. As he sought and surrendered to God, Simpson experienced an anointing of the Spirit that transformed him and his ministry.
This experience not only revitalised his local evangelistic ministry but also touched his spirit with the plight of the unevangelised around the world. This burden for the whole world led him to accept a pulpit in New York. He wanted to be at the centre, in touch with the lives of those radiating to the ends of the earth.
He began publishing an illustrated magazine on foreign missions – believed to be the first of its kind. He founded the first bible institute in America in 1882 known as the Nyack Missionary College. He was the first to introduce the “faith promise” method for missionary support. Between 1884 and 1919 he sent 300 workers around the world including the Congo, West Africa, Jerusalem, the Philippines, Japan and South America.
The deep expression of his heart was revealed when he wrote:
“To the regions beyond I must go, I must go
Where the story has never been told;
To the millions that have never heard of His love,
I must tell the sweet story of old”
This experience was at the heart of Simpson’s “Fourfold Gospel”–the Alliance emphasis on the believer’s relationship with Christ as Saviour, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King–and sparked what was to become the Christian and Missionary Alliance of today.