C&MA’s Core Values
Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
In the formative years of our movement, the Holy Spirit instilled within A.B. Simpson a passion to reach people with no knowledge of Jesus Christ in his “Jerusalem” and around the world. That passion still lives within The Alliance today.
Prayer is the primary work of God’s people.
We believe that nothing of lasting value can be done unless it is bathed in prayer. So passionate was his belief that prayer undergirds all ministry, Alliance founder A. B. Simpson was compelled to create a prayer league to focus on the world’s evangelization. He believed that the Alliance would “prove to be the mightiest force in the spread of missions;” that force still drives The Alliance today.
Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards.
This core value is intrinsic to the nature and structure of The Alliance—we teach and practice the blessing and effectiveness of the faith principle of giving as Scripture encourages us to remember that it’s not the amount of money we have or how much we give—it’s recognizing that everything we have comes from God (Luke 21:1-4).
Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
If The Alliance had a “life application” verse, it would be Matthew 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit—AKA The Great Commission! But the next verse is equally important: “. . . and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple.
In The Christian and Missionary Alliance the first priority of every minister, congregation, and believer is to work for the evangelization of the world. Healthy churches producing healthy disciples devoted to reaching lost people—this is what will hasten the completion of the Great Commission and the return of Jesus Christ.
Without the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we can accomplish nothing.
The Apostle Paul said, My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). This is the fiber of our being as believers and the sixth of our Alliance core values.
Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.
For more than a century, Alliance workers have braved harsh and dangerous territory—often at great personal risk—to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world. These workers experienced this Alliance Core Value—“Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.” Because of the selfless dedication of Alliance workers who were willing to lay down their lives for the gospel, entire people groups now know Jesus.
The Table’s Core Values
We purposefully equip believers to make disciples of all nations. However, the success of our mission depends greatly on a holistic and comprehensive leadership development of believers.
Church leaders equip believers for ministry, not just plan events. Our leaders serve people, not just provide services to improve our communities. We develop Christ-centered relationships with people, not just develop programs.
We organize our ministries and maximize our resources for rapid multiplication of the Gospel through a small-group discipleship strategy. We are not a church or a place of ministry; rather, we are a base of ministry. We are organized for routine addition, and must also be organized for rapid multiplication. We aim to be nimble and organic in our ministry approach, not dependent on large budgets or large buildings.
We are intentional about penetrating various cultures with the Gospel through various means – whether Hearing or Deaf. We are primarily focused to reach and raise up Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and ASL-fluent believers, but we also desire to serve hearing spouses and children. In order to be effective in and equipped for cross-cultural ministry, we focus our energy here on Gospel ministry that transcends culture. At the same time, we wisely and responsibly contextualize ministry methods in view of the culture around us.
We focus all of our resources on a straightforward process aimed at producing disciple-makers.
We accomplish this through three primary means: 1) Corporate worship gatherings; 2) Small group meetings; 3) Local and Global Missions.
There are four primary levels of support the Table Church will provide in this process: 1) Assimilation; 2) Administration; 3) Communication; and 4) Education.
We desire to free the people of God in the power of the Spirit of God to accomplish the mission of God for the glory of God
Disciple-making is best accomplished through intimate & Christ-centered relationships fostered in small-group settings with qualified and trained group facilitators.
We believe that small groups are the primary avenue for disciple-making to occur. About 4-12 believers gather in small groups to share life together. They will go inward by showing the Word and teaching the Word. They will then go outward by sharing the Word and serving the world.