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Dr. A.B. Simpson’s guiding principles for Alliance missions:

  • “The Alliance emphasizes the special agency and superintendency of the Holy Ghost in the work of missions, seeking only for wholly consecrated missionaries and holding the work under the constant direction of the Spirit of God.
  • Along with this naturally follows that the work should be a work of faith and that it should be maintained by a spirit of prayer and continual dependence on God.
  • The Alliance missionary work is evangelistic and aggressive rather than educational and institutional.
  • Our chosen fields are ‘the regions beyond,’ the unoccupied portions of the heathen world.
  • The principle of economy is rigidly aimed at. The expenses of home administration are reduced to the lowest possible figure. Missionaries on the field are not promised regular salaries, but simply allowances to cover their expenses.
  • The principle of sacrifice is the deepest element in our work.”

George P. Pardington, Twenty-Five Wonderful Years (New York: Christian Alliance Publishing Company, 1914), p. 104.

Alliance Missiology for the Twenty-First Century

Much has changed since God used Dr. Simpson to birth The Christian and Missionary Alliance. What is our mission philosophy and practice more than a century later?

Essential convictions

  • We acknowledge an exclusive gospel. There is no way for humankind to be reconciled to God apart from Jesus, the only Savior.
  • Jesus’ mission is carried out in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are therefore Spirit-dependent, Spirit-led, and Spirit-driven.
  • Prayer, our primary work, expresses our complete dependence upon God.
  • In a world hostile to Jesus, we are ready to suffer and die for Him in carrying out His mission. In so doing, we demonstrate He is worth our all.

Methodolgy

  • Our work outside the United States flows from our local churches. Its strength is proportionate to the spiritual passion those churches have for pursuing God.
  • Our model for mission is incarnational. This means we live among the people we serve, building relationships of trust, learning their language and culture.
  • We provide a witness to the gospel of Jesus our King and His Kingdom as we call people to repentance and faith in Jesus alone for their salvation. We then help them become His fully devoted followers.
  • We believe people become fully devoted followers of Jesus in community, that the local church is God’s instrument for changing the world. For this reason, we establish communities of faith related to one another, longing to see them birth other churches in their cultural context and beyond.
  • We view growing networks of Alliance churches in other nations as being responsible to God, and dependent upon Him.
  • We embrace a willingness to go to neglected and difficult places among the world’s remaining least reached, those with little if any access to the gospel.
  • Like Jesus we apply the ethic of God’s Kingdom and the transforming power of the living Christ in wholistic ways to the communities in which we serve. We are His hands to a hurting world as we establish communities of faith.
  • We help the churches God births through us to develop missionary passion, moving from being recipients of Christian mission to participants with us in Christian mission. This hastens the completion of the Great Commission.

Motivated by the fact King Jesus will return when all peoples have had opportunity to hear and believe makes the completion of His mission urgent!

“Let us never forget the special calling of our Alliance work. It is not to form a new religious denomination. It is not to duplicate work already done. It is not to advocate any special system of theology. It is not to glorify any man or men. It is first to hold up Jesus in His fullness, ‘the same yesterday, today, and forever.’ Next, to lead God’s hungry children to know their full inheritance of privilege and blessing for spirit, soul, and body. Next, to witness to the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as our millennial King. And finally, to encourage and incite the people of God to do the neglected work of our age and time among the unchurched classes at home and the perishing heathen abroad. God will bless us as we are true to this trust.”

Dr. A.B. Simpson, Alliance Weekly, November 11, 1899

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