The Christian & Missionary Alliance

The Christian & Missionary Alliance grew out of the vision of Rev. A.B. Simpson, a Presbyterian pastor from Canada, in 1887. Simpson believed that Christ was not only his Savior, but also his Sanctifier, and Healer through dramatic spiritual encounters that changed the direction of his life. C&MA formed as a missionary society and not a denomination, early Alliance congregations were known as “branches” and were made up of members from most major denominations.

C&MA Mission Statement

We desire to know Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King and to complete His Great Commission. The Alliance will fulfill His Commission through

  • Evangelizing and discipling persons throughout the United States,
  • Incorporating them into Christ-centered, community-focused congregations, and
  • Mobilizing them for active involvement in a global effort designed to plant Great Commission churches among unengaged, unreached and responsive peoples worldwide.

The Mission

Everyone has a mission. It’s what gives our lives purpose and what motivates us to roll out of bed each morning. In The Alliance, we are all about Jesus, and our mission is to fulfill His final request on this earth—The Great Commission. We also refer to it as the Call. We are people of action. But we know that completing our mission successfully requires a healthy blend of “being” and “doing.”

Being

Sitting at Jesus’ feet, devoting ourselves to prayer and being in His Word daily radically transforms us. It also increases our hunger to go deeper in our relationship, to know Him as our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.

Doing

Motivated by our love for Jesus, we are compelled to serve Him.  Serving Christ and others are the expression of our love and service to Jesus, it means we seek to complete the mission.

The C&MA Vision for Ministry

We believe that God’s instrument to complete this mission is His Church. That’s why we focus our efforts and resources into developing dynamic, healthy local churches—in the United States and across the world.

To accomplish the vision, we will develop healthy people (fully devoted followers of Christ), who will build these churches serving as ministry centers to successfully win the lost. Out of these ministry centers and churches will flow international workers committed to pushing back the darkness in areas where unengaged, unreached people groups abound.

Since becoming an official denomination in 1974, the need for regional organization to facilitate ministry has been great. The Alliance is a 128-year-old missions denomination with over 2,000 churches attended by more than 432,000 members in the United States that call themselves part of the Alliance. And internationally, CMA national churches and ministries are located in 84 countries with 3 million followers of Jesus in 18,000 churches. The Alliance is ordinary people, empowered by an extraordinary God, multiplying communities of Christ throughout the world. Shepherding a group that large requires a bit of organization, and that falls to the districts and associations of The Alliance.

How Is The C&MA Organized?

The National Office of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance  Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA).

In order to accomplish the work Christ has given, a management structure is in place.

1. The General Council of C&MA

Acknowledging Christ as Head of the Church and Scripture as the ultimate authority, General Council, representative of the entire membership (All CMA churches), is the legislative body of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. When General Council convenes, attention is given to the following functions:

Advancing the mission and vision of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

  1. Evaluating the progress of the ministries of The Christian and Missionary Alliance.
  2. Electing officers, transacting business, and enacting denominational policies.
  3. Providing opportunities for worship, fellowship, spiritual renewal, inspiration to greater service, and the development of ministry skills.

2. The Board of Directors and Officers of C&MA

The governance of the CMA is vested in our Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is subject to the legislation and policies enacted by the General Council, which is the representative body of the members of the CMA. The number of directors, their classifications, if any, their term of office, and the manner of their election or appointment is determined according to the Bylaws of the CMA from time to time in force.

3. The President of C&MA

Dr. John P. Stumbo is the current president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) in the United States (12th president).

4. District offices

We’re part of the South Pacific District, the office is located in Temecula, CA.

Rev. William (Bill) Malick, is the current District Superintendent of the South Pacific District.

District Boundaries include: Arizona, New Mexico, and that part of California lying south of the northern boundary of the counties of San Luis Obispo, Kern, and San Bernardino.

5. Churches

The relationship between C&MA churches and their respective districts is defined as constituted authority. In simple terms, this means that Alliance churches have agreed that all legislation passed by the national body through General Council and by one of its district conferences is binding upon that district’s constituent churches. When these legislative assemblies act within the constitution of the movement, their actions are authoritative.

The Goal

Our overall goal is to develop healthy people (fully devoted followers of Christ), who come together to build healthy churches (unified as the Body of Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit), which produce a bountiful harvest (completing Christ’s Great Commission).

This is best developed and organized through (28) regional districts, each as distinct as the people that comprise it.

For more information about C&MA go to the C&MA website at Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA).