Our Beliefs

The Christian and Missionary Alliance (the C&MA, The Alliance) is a worldwide family of Christians mobilized to fulfill the Great Commission by living out the fullness of Jesus Christ in personal experience, building His Church, and carrying His light to the darkest parts of our neighborhoods and the nations.

Formed as a cross-denominational missions society in the 1880’s, The Alliance evolved into a world evangelization movement in the early 20th century and became an evangelical missions and church-planting denomination in 1974.

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While pastoring a Presbyterian congregation in New York City in 1881, C&MA founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson, witnessed the physical and spiritual plight of the city’s homeless, downtrodden and infirmed, and of its disenfranchised immigrant populations. This daily exposure moved Simpson to devote his life and ministry to taking the whole gospel to the whole world.

Having experienced the all-sufficiency of Christ on a deeply personal level, Simpson articulated a core theology, proclaiming Jesus as SaviorSanctifierHealer and Coming King. This “Fourfold Gospel” remains the spiritual foundation of The Alliance, the “deeper life” engine that drives us toward the completion of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Today, there are more than 2,000 Alliance churches in the United States, and approximately 18,000 fellowships in 81 countries around the world, where nearly 5 million Christians call themselves “Alliance,” united by an unquenchable passion to provide access to the gospel where no access yet exists.

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