Central Christian Missionary Alliance Church (CCMA)
Christian and Missionary Alliance was originally a non-denominational international organisation founded by Dr. A.B. Simpson in the United States in 1887. The C&MA grew out of the vision of Simpson, where he believed that Christ was not only his Saviour, but also his Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King through dramatic spiritual encounters that changed the direction of his life. Formed as a missionary society, early Alliance congregations were known as ‘branches’ and were made up of members from most major denominations. Today, C&MA focuses on planting churches.
In 1974, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) officially became a denomination, but it still had at its core a heart for overseas missions. Past Alliance presidentDr. L. L. King said of the C&MA that it “was not established as a mission divorced from the normal activity of a church, but a church which had within it the life and function of a mission…. The mission came first and the church grew out of a mission.”
The Alliance is answering the call to go and make disciples.
English Service started in October 2009, from a humble beginning of six worshippers. The purpose of this service was initially to accommodate those in their teenage years who have grown up here in New Zealand and find it difficult to engage in our Chinese Service. We soon realised rather than being the stepping-stone ministry between Children Sunday School and the Chinese Service as originally anticipated, what we had started would develop into a proper Sunday Service. Since then, we have seen our congregation grow, mature, and actively serve one another.