Christian Community Alliance Church is a Word of Faith, Full Gospel, Non-Denominational Assembly. Founded in New York in March 1985 with seventeen (17) people, it had its first service on April 7th at 409 East 28th Street in Brooklyn. Incorporated on October 15th, 1985, as a Not for Profit Corporation, CCA was registered with the City of New York in the same year and subsequently received its tax exemption papers from New York State. Currently, the congregation meets in its building, acquired in November 1994 at 272 East 19th Street in Brooklyn. On December 28th 1999, CCA was awarded the 501C3 status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In July 25th 1999, under God’s direction, CCA gave birth to CCA Haiti Center, a Christian Outreach Center in the Caribbean Island of Haiti. Pastor Georges Défay and his wife Michèle, called by God to start this work, oversee the ministry’s operation in New York and Haïti, and are assisted in their functions by other pastors and a Board of advisors.
MISSION AND COMMITMENTS
Christian Community Alliance Church began under God’s direction with a group of believers of different backgrounds to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all. This Bible believing Fellowship is fully persuaded that the divine message of salvation for man’s spirit, soul and body is vital and indispensable to this dying world and it is its mission to declare the Gospel of Christ to all who would listen (Mark 16:15-16). Furthermore, CCA is committed to promoting discipleship through Christ’s teachings and practices of faith, love, brotherhood, good works and godly conduct. We at CCA are fully convinced that Christ’s way is God’s only way for man to know and experience Agape love, peace and happiness on earth and in heaven after physical death (Matt.5:3-10; Mark 10:29-30; John 3:3-5, 3:35-36; Matt.28:18-20)
CCA is committed to positively influence and change its immediate Community and the World Community at large by bringing the Gospel of hope, salvation, peace and eternal life to all. CCA is also committed to materially support human needs and alleviate human sufferings to the best of its abilities domestically and abroad. We look to accomplish our divine mission with the Lord’s help and in partnership with other individuals, churches and institutions with similar goals and interests as the Spirit leads. CCA understands its role and means to be limited considering the needs of this world, but hopes that others (churches, organizations and individual believers) will work together in fulfilling mankind’s greatest and deepest needs: that is salvation through divine peace and love by the Lord Jesus Christ.
1- Evangelism And Discipleship
The Lord Jesus Christ gave to the Church through his disciples the Great Commission (Matt.28:18-20, Mark16:15-20). With the Lord’s delegated authority, the Church mission is to make disciples of all nations. These disciples ought to perpetuate Christ’s works until his return to establish His Kingdom on earth for a thousand year. In order to obey the Great Commission, CCA created in the year 1988 an Evangelism Outreach Department, which has been a training ground for disciples and a tool for spreading the Gospel. Our goal is to reach our immediate surroundings, our families and friends, our nation, as well as others nations abroad, in God’s timing, as the Lord leads.
2- Vision For Brooklyn and The USA
God has placed us in New York City in Ditmas heights, in central Brooklyn. We are committed to the well being of our immediate Community and of the Tri-state Area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our membership includes people from different boroughs, Long Island, New Jersey, etc. We are called to minister to a congregation with people of different backgrounds (American, European, Caribbean, African) and languages (English, French, Creole). To serve the public and proclaim the Gospel to all, CCA annually organizes spiritual, educational and recreational events such as opened air crusades, street evangelism, concerts, retreats, conferences, health fares, etc. In 1997 an ESL Program was established and in the year 2000 CCA Outreach Center was created to dispense other programs such as Computer Literacy, After School Tutoring for High School Students, GED Classes, elementary school, Parenting Classes, Day Care Center, Senior Citizen Services, etc.
3- Vision For Haiti and The Nations
Throughout the years, CCA has ministered to the multitude; thousands have confessed Christ and countless have been delivered and healed. Many became church leaders and some have started new ministries as led by the Lord. Over the years, God has allowed CCA to minister in other parts of the United States(Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Boston), in Canada, the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Santiago, La Romana, Puerto Plata, San Pedro de Macoris) and Haiti. In July 1999, God led us to start CCA Center at Roche Blanche, Haiti (a small village, 30 minutes from Port-au-Prince, the capital), where a church building with a sanctuary for over 2,000 people is under construction. This Center will include a nursery school, an elementary school and a literacy program for adults. In addition, a canteen, an orphanage and a medical center for primary cares will be incorporated. CCA Center will serve as our Headquarters to conduct evangelical crusades, leadership training conferences, and for planting new churches in different parts of Haiti, the Dominican Republic and in other nations of the Caribbean and in Latin America as the Lord leads.
CCA has been called to minister also in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. Countries such as Canada, France, Switzerland, England, Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia and India, have been in our hearts since the early eighties and we trust that God will open the doors for CCA to minister His Word, His healing and deliverance power in these parts of the world.
4- Spreading The Word Through The Media
Apart from traveling and organizing crusades, conferences and concerts, the Lord has provided other means by which we should reach the world with the Gospel of peace. Radio and Television, dvds, cds, audio cassettes, books, evangelical tracks, praise and worship cds and casettes, the Internet and evangelical movies are all efficient tools to share the Good News. Christian Community Alliance is fully committed to the spreading of the Gospel everywhere by all these means, as the Lord leads and opens doors to reach the nations.
Christian Community Alliance Church (CCA) was founded upon the following principles and convictions. Its vision, operations and ministry will, at all times, be based upon the same.
The Scriptures are God’s Inspired
We believe that all Scripture (the Bible) is the product of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. The Old and the New Testaments constitute the written and revealed will of God for his people (Israel and the Church) and for all mankind as well. We acknowledge the absolute authority of the bible in all matters of faith and conduct. We further assert God’s Word, the Scripture, is superior to conscience, to reason and is always true and logical (1 Peter 1:10- 12, 2 Peter 1:21, 2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 4:4, Hebrew 4:12).
The one true Godhead
CCA believes in the triune Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. These distinct persons or personalities are one and indivisible and work in complete unity (1 John 5:20, Phil. 2:6, John 1:13, 1 Timothy 1:16-17, Isaiah 9:5-6).
Man, his Fall, and Redemption
Man was created as a perfect being (spirit, soul, physical body). Man was made with ability to take decisions and make choices. As a free moral agent, man decided to disobey God thus separating himself from his Creator. Therefore, man has fallen from God and denied God’s plan for his life. In order to redeem man from his sinful state (spiritual death) and save him from impending judgment (eternal damnation) God in his infinite love and grace put into effect an all wise plan for man’s total redemption. Through the death and resurrection of his son, God provided forgiveness of sin and offered to mankind the blessed opportunity to rule and reign with Him in glory for eternity, through Christ, his resurrected and glorified Son (Genesis1:26-31, 3:1-7, Rom.4:12-21, Acts 17:30-31 4:12, John 3:16, John 6:47, John 5:21 24, 1 John 5:10-12; Psalm 8).
The Salvation of Man
a) Means and provision of salvation
Christ on the cross of Calvary became sin and sickness; and man’s only hope of redemption is through his shed blood, providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm103:3). Justification is freely given by God’s grace through redemption which is in Christ, “for by grace we are saved through faith and not by our works” (Eph.2:8; Rom.3:24, Rom.10:8-10).
b) The Evidence of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer, of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Rom.8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his son, Jesus, and love one another, just as he commanded us” (1 John 3:10, 14, 15; 1 John 3:18, 19, 23).
c) Faith and work
Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works. However, our works constitute the perfection (or completion) of our faith, and will determine our rewards for eternity upon Christ’s return (Acts 16:3, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 14:20-21; James 2:14-26).
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ must be observed, as commanded by the Lord, by all who really repented, and have in their hearts truly trusted in Christ as personal Savior and Lord. In so doing, they have also been raised with him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47 48, Romans 6:40).
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper must be taken as an act of faith in the New Covenant made in Jesus blood and body. Knowledge and faith in the substitutionary death of the Passover Lamb, slain on the cross, is a fundamental requirement for true participation. The eating of the bread and the drinking of the wine symbolize the communion or oneness with the death and resurrection of the Lord’s body. As often as thisordinance is practiced, it must be done in the right spirit, as an act of remembrance of the Lord’s priceless sacrifice. In addition, this act proclaims the death of the Lord, until his return on earth (1 Cor.11: 24-28).
The Promise of the Father: The Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father. The baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the Lord’s command, is a gift of God to everyone who truly believes in Christ (Luke 11:11-13, John 7:37-39; Acts 2:37-40). This was the normal experience for all believers in the early church. Apart from the Apostles and the disciples who had to wait at the upper room until Jesus was glorified and enthroned in heaven, everyone thereafter who meets the faith requirement can receive the baptism or infilling of the Holy Spirit (Gal.3:1-3). With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (John 11:16, Luke 24:29, Acts 1:4-8). It is God’s will for all believers to receive and operate in the anointing of the Holy Spirit in everything we do, even as Jesus did (Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-15; 1 John 2:27).
Evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit
The full consumption of the baptism of a believer in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:2-6).
The Church is the body of Christ, the Habitation of the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Without exception, each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First Born which are written in heaven (Eph.1:22, Eph.2:19-22, Heb.12: 23).
God is a God of prosperity and of abundance. As Lord of the increase and as the Master of the harvest, He wants his children to grow and multiply. He wants them to bring much fruit in all areas of their lives (John l5:22-26; Eph.5:6-13). God’s will is a prosperous and successful life for his beloved children; spiritually, physically and financially (3John 2). Jesus came for his sheep to have abundant life in this present world and in the one to come (Ps. 23, Jn 10:10, 1Cor.3: 21-23).
The Blessed Hope: The Rapture
The Lord Jesus is coming again to gather his saints to heaven with Him. In their new glorified bodies, they will meet the Lord in the air (1Cor.15: 51-53, 1Thes.4: 16-17, 2 Thes.2:1)
The Lake of fire
Those who have not accepted or have rejected the redemptive work of Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The Devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and anyone whose name is not found in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire (Rev.19:20, Rev.20:10-15).
The millennial reign of Christ
The return of our Lord, with his saints from heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth, will take place as the Scriptures predicted (Matt. 24:25, 2Thes.1:7, Rev.19:11-16). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (2 Pet.3:10- 14; Rev. 21:1-5).
These tenets of faith constitute the main doctrines of Christian Community Alliance. However, there are practices and beliefs at CCA, though based on God’s Word, not included in the listing above.
Christian Community Alliance Church
272 East 19th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11226