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Statement on the Findings of Ravi Zacharias Independent Investigation

February 12, 2021, 12:59 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2/12/2021

Colorado Springs, Colo. — It is with great sorrow that The Christian and Missionary Alliance (the C&MA) acknowledges that one of its licensed workers, Ravi Zacharias, now deceased, engaged in a pattern of sinful behavior that has caused enormous pain to many and undermined the witness of Christ’s Church.

Recent independent investigations commissioned by both the C&MA and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirmed the accusations made by massage therapists that he engaged in sexual misconduct. He then constructed elaborately deceptive schemes to conceal his activity. This evidence clearly establishes that Mr. Zacharias preyed on women, violating the trust of those who were particularly vulnerable, during the time he was credentialed by the C&MA. The evidence also confirms that this pattern of behavior was longstanding.

In 2018, in response to one initial accusation, the C&MA conducted an internal inquiry to seek to determine whether the evidence was strong enough to proceed with a formal investigation under the C&MA Uniform Policy on Discipline. At that time, hindered by a nondisclosure agreement signed by both parties, there was not clear and sufficient evidence to proceed. However, newly revealed information from the recent investigations has proven more than sufficient to confirm Mr. Zacharias’ pattern of predatory behavior.

We are deeply grieved over the pain suffered by Lori Anne Thompson, the massage therapists, and others who may have been victimized by Mr. Zacharias’ behavior, and support appropriate advocacy efforts on their behalf. Mr. Zacharias’ actions were in direct violation of his obligation to demonstrate his commitment to serve Christ and His people through his devotion, character, lifestyle, and values.[1] In recognition of this gross violation and its painful consequences to the victims and others who were impacted, the C&MA posthumously expels Mr. Zacharias from licensed ministry in our denomination. This comes with the automatic revocation of his ordination.

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The Christian and Missionary Alliance
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[1] The Christian and Missionary Alliance Manual, Uniform Policy on Licensing and Certification, E3-1


 

National Office Location Chosen

February 9, 2021, 6:47 PM

February 9, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Colorado Springs, Colo. — The Christian and Missionary Alliance (The Alliance) has selected Reynoldsburg, Ohio, an eastern suburb of Columbus, as the location for its new National Office.

Alliance leaders visited 90 properties in three cities (Columbus, Cleveland, and Indianapolis), before selecting a property location in Reynoldsburg. The city was chosen based on a variety of criteria and on a shared vision with the City of Reynoldsburg for development plans that will be of benefit to both The Alliance and the local community.

While there has been some speculation around potential plans, the multi-year development of the property will include not only office space for the staff but also an event center to be used by both the National Office and broader community for events and gatherings.

Be sure to watch President John Stumbo’s March video blog, to be filmed on location from Reynoldsburg, where he will explain in greater detail the criteria used in selecting the site and its potential to serve both the Reynoldsburg and greater Columbus communities. The March blog will be available Friday, March 12.

The National Office will be relocating this summer from its current location in Colorado Springs, where it has served the greater Alliance family for more than thirty years.

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Media Relations
The Christian and Missionary Alliance
media@cmalliance.org


 

Thank You, Alliance Family!

January 13, 2021, 6:48 PM

Pictured above: On September 6, an Alliance partner association baptized the largest number of people in Thai church history.

“Our Alliance team members rose to the moment because you partnered with us so we could remain on the front lines.” –John Stumbo, President, U.S. C&MA

During a time of great uncertainty and change, you, the Alliance family, came together and demonstrated steadfast dependence on God. Through your generous and faith-filled giving, physical needs around the world were met, lives were transformed in Jesus’ love and care, and the gospel was advanced.

Thank you for your generous gifts in 2020!

Please watch this short thank-you video from National Office staff and know how grateful we are to be partnered with you.

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Want to see even more of the impact you made in 2020? Visit cmalliance.org/impactreport2020 today to download the Alliance 2020 Impact Report!


 

A Refining Fire

January 5, 2021, 6:38 PM

When Pastor Tim Heffer and his wife, Meg, of Hidden Creek Community Church in Olympia, Washington, were returning from a short-term missions trip to Bosnia in 2009, they had one thing on their mind: SEEDS.  After having asked an Alliance international worker in that country what kind of tangible help the Olympia church could offer the poor, weary, war-torn, Bosnian people, the worker replied, “Seeds. We have great soil, but we can’t get good seeds. Could you send us a packet of seeds?”

When Tim and Meg arrived back in Olympia, they put the word out to their church, their community and beyond. Within six weeks the church boxed up and shipped 7,000 seed packets that were distributed to villages in Bosnia with the potential of yielding more than 100 tons of food. But that wasn’t the end of the “Seeds of Hope” dream.

The church turned its attention to the poor in its own corner of the world. With land provided by a farmer in their congregation, the church created a 5,500 square foot community garden that, along with a beekeeping ministry and other initiatives, provides food for the needy in its community. Despite challenges posed by COVID and an arsonist attack that severely damaged its building this past August, Hidden Creek Community Church has helped more than 5,600 people over the past year through its food distribution ministry.

Read more stories like this in the 2020 Alliance Impact Report.


 

The Promised Messiah: Part 4

December 25, 2020, 12:00 PM

In a four-part advent video series inspired by the prophecy of the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, members of Grace Church in Cleveland, Ohio, give testimony of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Part 4: Prince of Peace


 

The Promised Messiah: Part 3

December 24, 2020, 12:00 PM

In a four-part advent video series inspired by the prophecy of the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, members of Grace Church in Cleveland, Ohio, give testimony of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Part 3: Everlasting Father


 

The Promised Messiah: Part 2

December 23, 2020, 12:00 PM

In a four-part advent video series inspired by the prophecy of the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, members of Grace Church in Cleveland, Ohio, give testimony of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Part 2: Mighty God


 

The Promised Messiah: Part 1

December 22, 2020, 6:00 PM

In a four-part advent video series inspired by the prophecy of the promised Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, members of Grace Church in Cleveland, Ohio, give testimony of our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Part 1: Wonderful Counselor


 

A Christmas Piñata

December 22, 2020, 2:59 PM

From Bob and Cheryl Fugate, Alliance workers serving in Mexico

On Dec. 19th, Breath of Life church  in Guadalajara blessed a small community in a Purepecha town with food and Christmas candy and a Piñata. Watch the video below.

We also gathered materials from Circle of Care* and held a workshop to train women in bracelet making.

Thank you for your support of Project SouthPointe that made this trip possible. Our church in Guadalajara continues to support efforts to evangelize the people of this and other communities.

See the impact Project SouthPointe is having in and around Guadalajara.

 

*Circle of Care provides job skills training for micro businesses for women in need, as well as counseling, spiritual direction and prayer, financial guidance, and, most importantly, a Christ-centered community to share in. These women find peace in Jesus, joy in community, dignity in work, and purpose in serving others in similar situations.


 

Christmas Party Brings Joy Amid Grief

December 16, 2020, 5:52 PM
"The opportunity for our widows to be with others—to sing, pray, and eat together—brings light into their world that is overshadowed by death," the author says. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Christmas came early this year to the more than 300 widows our Alliance district widows’ group serves in our city. Throughout the year, we meet with these women to pray and share encouragement from God’s Word.

We also offer practical assistance—providing medical care as needed, helping with children’s school fees, and teaching practical life skills through a variety of projects.

A Favorite Event

But we especially love our Christmas event for these women, since it brings some light and cheer into their world. Their loss is more acute during this time of year as they face their first holiday without their husbands, or perhaps it’s another of many.

We have found that the opportunity for our widows to be with others—to sing, pray, and eat together—brings light into their world that is overshadowed by death. And, of course, a gift of new clothes, soap, and a bag of macaroni for Christmas dinner just adds to the fun!

Death’s Long Shadow

Jesus’ ministry was described as shining light upon those who live under the shadow of death (see Matthew 4:16). Widows living in “shame and blame” cultures experience this at their core. One of our women described it this way:

When my husband died, everyone was there. But afterwards, they began ignoring me, even blaming me for his death. A great sadness came over me as I realized I had not only lost my husband but also my place in the family and any possible help from relatives. And I was so sad to see how my children suffered because the family treated us so differently after his death.

Shining the Light of Christmas

Bags of macaroni for Christmas dinner brought smiles to the women’s faces. (Photo courtesy of the author)

As believers, we know that the light Jesus brought to those “living in the land of the shadow of death” was the wonderful news of salvation and the coming of the Kingdom of heaven.

We also know that the baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas is the Light revealed to show our Heavenly Father’s love for all nations. Our widows need these reminders: The Good Shepherd is beside them as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death (see Psalm 23:4).

We thank the Lord that we’re able to bring encouragement to these dear women dealing with so much grief and loss—and we love celebrating Christmas through shining the light of Christ’s love among them.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27a, NLT).

by Esther, an international Alliance worker serving in West Africa