Manchester Alliance Church
The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is a reputable evangelical organisation founded in 1887 in the U.S.A. by Dr A.B. Simpson (1844-1919), with the goal of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to those who have not yet heard about Him. This movement has since expanded world-wide and is currently operating in more than 72 countries with over 5,000 indigenous ministers and more than 1,200 full-time missionaries.
The Manchester Alliance Church, a member of the Chinese Alliance Churches Union (UK), linked to the C&MA world-wide, was established in 1994 with a view to reaching out to all Chinese residing in Greater Manchester, whether they are working or studying.
Our purposes are to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to assist the advance of His Church in Great Britain, and to promote a missionary base for national and world-wide evangelization, particularly among the Chinese in Great Britain.
The C&MA emblem conveys the key messages of this Gospel:
Jesus our Saviour: Our founder understood that the heart of the Christian faith is authentic spiritual experience, rooted in Scriptures and wrought by the Holy Spirit, that brings the knowledge of Christ Himself. Jesus told the scholars of His time that they would not find eternal life in the Scriptures. Rather, the Scriptures pointed to Christ, and in Him alone they could find life.
Jesus our Sanctifier: A second Alliance distinctive - sanctification - is the emphasis on death to the self-life so that Christ can control our inner affections and set us free. Having the power to do what you ought is called holiness. Most of the world’s sadness can be traced to selfishness. They can be liberated to do what they ought. They can be free to love and to sacrifice for the good of others.
Jesus is our Healer: present in the church to heal the sick, to bind up the wounded and to give hope to those in despair. The missionaries whom Dr A.B. Simpson sent to the far corners of the earth went with a message to the whole person. Hospitals, schools, orphanages and leprosariums were seen as normal expressions of the good news of Christ.
Jesus our Coming King: In Simpson’s understanding of Scriptures, events of the end times are inextricably linked to the completion of the Great Commission (Matthew 24:14). His passion was to complete the mission so the King could return. Though we need to have impassioned hearts for His appearing, the Alliance distinctive puts us in the harvest field to do the Master’s bidding.