Course Dates: August 25 – October 17, 2021
About this Course
The instructor-led 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.
Students pursuing service or ordination/consecration with the Christian and Missionary Alliance have the opportunity to develop assignments concerning sanctification and the ministry of healing, which will prove beneficial in preparing to meet District ordination/consecration requirements.
Note: The successful completion of this course does not fulfill all the ordination/consecration requirements of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
What you’ll learn in this course:
- 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, assessed through the development of:
• Doctrinal Essays, “Christ, Our Sanctifier” and “Christ Our Healer”
• Theological Essays on: “The Lostness of Man” and “Evangelism and International Ministries”
• Personal Reflection Essays on “Personal Spiritual Journey” and “Compassion Ministries”
- Receive the benefit of insights, wisdom and practical application of spiritual principles through the interactive collaboration in the Discussion Forums with graduate students, many of whom have several years of ministry experience in national and international settings.
Students who successfully complete this professional development course with a demonstrated 80% proficiency can articulate 3 academic credits into Crown College. These credits may be applied as free electives toward an undergraduate academic program.
Keisling, G., (2007). Relentless spirituality: Embracing the spiritual disciplines of A. B. Simpson. Camp Hill, PA: Wing Spread Publishers. [ISBN: 978-1600661341]
Manual of The Christian & Missionary Alliance (2019). Please note: This text is available as a PDF @ http://www.cmalliance.org/resources/publications/manual-cma-7-31-19.pdf (Links to an external site.)
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]
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]
Additional readings are provided in the course.