CENTRAL CANADIAN DISTRICT OF THE C&MA
A mosaic is defined as a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small coloured pieces of hard material, such as stone, tile, or glass.
When you consider the history of the C&MA, a mosaic is a great visual reference for understanding the work of the Holy Spirit that first birthed our tribe and is still alive in us today. A.B. Simpson was surrounded by many different people with varying beliefs, but they all agreed on what truly mattered most… reaching the unreached for Jesus. Together those fragments, those people, created a beautiful work of art, a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused movement.
In the Central Canadian District today, the landscape has not changed very much. We are still a diverse group of over 70 churches & ministries. We vary in size (small to large groups), and location (church buildings, houses, school gyms, borrowed space). We come from different backgrounds and continue to focus on reaching the unreached for Jesus (locally & globally).
The Alliance was founded by Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Canadian-born Presbyterian Minister. Simpson became passionate about poor and neglected here in North America and abroad - what are referred to today as the "most-neglected" or "least-reached" people groups. His passion led him to create two key initiatives - an evangelical association to preach the gospel in North America and an international missionary organization to send missionaries around the world.
The two initiatives become one, called the Christian & Missionary Alliance.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance evolved into two North American organizations – one in Canada and one in the United States.
The Canadian Alliance celebrated its 35th anniversary of autonomy.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada – “the Alliance” – is a network of 440 churches across Canada who are committed to Jesus and his mission to change lives. We engage people from all walks of life to serve in Canada and around the world. We aim to be Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, and Mission-focused in everything we do – from working with local partners to share the gospel of Jesus, to building and supporting our churches, to humanitarian projects and more. Our global projects span a vast array of causes including education, spiritual and physical health, disaster response, agricultural development, and other poverty-alleviation projects.
Churches are grouped regionally into the Canadian Pacific, Western Canadian, Canadian Midwest, Central Canadian (that's us!), Eastern Canadian, and St. Lawrence districts. Churches send international workers (missionaries) abroad and raise vital funds to support our international projects and workers, and are also involved in planting new churches across Canada.