Alliance Theology

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The course examines the origins, growth and life of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in its historical and theological context. Special attention is paid to the denomination’s founder, theological emphases, missionary outreach, and international character.

Course assignments will deepen personal understanding of key spiritual truths and the practical application of these spiritual principles within one’s life and ministry. Specific areas of study in this course include salvation, sanctification, the ministry of healing and Christ’s return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

If you are pursuing service or ordination/consecration with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, this course will meet your Alliance Polity requirement and additional assignments you’ll need for your credentialing.

Note: The successful completion of this course does not fulfill ALL the ordination/consecration requirements of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.


March 13 – May 7, 2023

What you’ll learn

  • Articulate the vision, mission and passion embedded within the late nineteenth century history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, which continues to influence its present calling.
  • Identify the Alliance distinctives that have shaped its theological experience with particular attention to sanctification, healing, eschatology and missions.
  • Develop understanding of the spirituality, structures and philosophy of ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
  • Appreciate a broadened understanding of the work of the Alliance in the United States and throughout the world.
  • Examine the historical, theological and spiritual distinctives of the Alliance.
Wendy Gierhart

Your Instructor


Wendy Gierhart currently lives and ministers in Cleveland, OH along with her husband and 2 kids. She is a graduate of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, where she studied Biblical Literature. She also has a Master of Education from Arcadia University, is completing certification in Spiritual Direction, and is a Consecrated Woman in Ministry with the C&MA. Currently, she serve on the staff team of a growing church plant in our neighborhood and  as the Hospice Chaplain for our local hospital. Over the past 15 years of ministry, she’s served various church staff ministry roles, in discipleship, spiritual formation, and youth and family ministries, in both urban and rural ministry contexts. She is looking forward to digging into God’s Word together!


By successfully completing this course at a demonstrated 80% proficiency, you will be eligible to apply the three professional development credits toward a Crown College undergraduate degree program at no additional cost. This course can also be applied as 3 professional development credits of the Crown 30 Certificate Program for learners pursuing licensing, ordination or consecration with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.


By completing this course and its assignments fully, you can meet the following C&MA credentialing criteria:

  • Read Van De Walle, B. The Heart of the Gospel: A.B. Simpson, The Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Theology
  • Read Niklaus, R., Sawin, J.S., & Stoesz, S., All for Jesus: God at Work in the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Read Simpson, A. B., The Fourfold Gospel
  • Read Simpson, A. B., Wholly Sanctified
  • Read Alliance Manual, Statement on Sanctification (Section H8)
  • Christ our Sanctifier Position Paper
  • Christ our Healer Position Paper
  • 3 of the 30 required Bible, theology & ministry leadership credits
View full Crown 30 course list and CMA requirements


Niklaus, R.L., Sawin, J.S., & Stoesz, S.J. (2013). All for Jesus: God at work in the Christian and Missionary Alliance over one hundred years (revised ed.). Harrisburg, PA: Wingspread Publishers. [ISBN: 978-1600662676]

Van De Walle, Bernie, A. (2009). The Heart of the Gospel: A.B. Simpson, The Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth Century Evangelical Theology (Princeton theological monograph). Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. [ISBN: 978-1556359408]

The Fourfold Gospel, Wholly Sanctified, and additional readings are provided within the course.


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Discussion questions will give you the opportunity to discuss with your teacher and your classmates to interact with some of the ideas and concepts presented in the material. You are expected to be considerate and to respect your classmates’ ideas. Explain what you agree with or what you like, then push the conversation a little further with a sentence like “have you thought about…?”