Christian and Missionary Alliance churches have not typically celebrated the Christian year. As an evangelical denomination born in the nineteenth-century Holiness revival, it has often taken the middle ground between the more liturgical churches and the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. This attempt to avoid excess has often robbed Alliance congregations of powerful worship experiences. In recent years a growing hunger for renewal in worship has developed. This hunger has led to a greater openness to other worship forms and traditions. In particular, there is evidence of a recapturing of the power of the Christian year.
A. B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches, first articulated the need for a spirit of renewal in worship, and this approach has marked its practices ever since. While avoiding extremes, some congregations, such as the one described here have been open to new music, using guitars, synthesizers, and drums along with the organ, and regularly includes drama and banners as examples of the other arts.
The father of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Albert Barnes Simpson, possessed a deep love for God and undying concern for lost people that issued in a movement that has, since its origins in 1887, prioritized the personal nature of faith in Jesus Christ.