The Christian and Missionary Alliance, or "the Alliance" as it is most often known, is an evangelical denomination with an Australian representation of over 70 congregations, including various cultural 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’s 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.THE ALLIANCE TODAY
Today the Alliance is still first and foremost an alliance of people committed to worldwide evangelization. It concentrates on evangelism and church planting. Those it sends forth as ministers and missionaries must be strong in their faith, filled with the Spirit of God and motivated to reach people who are without Christ. No two Alliances are exactly the same, for they minister uniquely in diverse communities. Despite that they are united in their purpose to communicate God’s love to a lost world.
This Society is committed to world missions, stressing the fullness of Christ in personal experience, building the Church and preaching the
Gospel to the ends of the earth, to be accomplished through the following objectives:
We are a church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia.
We are motivated by Gods Word, which says:
”Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Our aim is to truly be a great commission church; available, usable, and fruitful in our calling to Christ.
The Cross: stands for salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ, God’s Son.
The Laver: is representative of sanctification, that daily cleansing from sin by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (a vessel containing water for ceremonial washing stands for sanctification and the daily cleansing from sin through the activity of the indwelling Holy Spirit).
The Pitcher of Oil: is both a type of the Holy Spirit and the provision of anointing for bodily healing.
The Crown: symbolises the return of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of Lords who will return for those who know Him as Saviour and Lord.
The world lying behind the other symbols speaks of our commitment to reach Christ’s harvest around the world. We are called and committed to fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission.