The Alliance
What We Believe


The Lausanne Covenant serves as the ASCP statement of faith. Among other important evangelical doctrines, it affirms the authority and power of the Bible, the uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ and the urgency of sharing the message of the gospel to the entire world.

The multiplying local church is God's primary instrument for evangelism, discipleship and the fulfillment of The Great Commission. In this commission given by Jesus just before his ascension to heaven he commands his disciples . . .

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)

Attempting to work in partnership with the entire evangelical Body of Christ (existing churches, emerging churches and para-church organizations) models the kind of cooperation needed to fulfill the Great Commission and recognizes that no one group, church or mission can complete the task itself.

The basic expectation of Alliance partners is that they embrace the saturation church planting vision; they pursue a strategy of helping nationals plant multiplying churches. Alliance partners make concrete contributions to the Alliance (participation) and identify as Alliance partners (ownership).

Beyond the basic expectation, the partnership encourages certain practices and behaviors among its partners. In the context of its Kingdom relationships, its organizational calling and the gifting of it people, Alliance partners agree that the following practices will best assist saturation church planting movements in post-communist Eurasia:

  1. Facilitate - Alliance partners work with existing and/or emerging indigenous churches in a way that helps them foster and participate in saturation church planting movements. Alliance-related facilitators see themselves as servants and encouragers of nationals who locally own the saturation church planting vision. Alliance facilitators work broadly by promoting all kinds of church multiplication strategies.

  2. Multiply - Alliance partners work toward methods and models (for example, cell groups or lay ministry empowerment) that will lead to natural reproduction. Multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches is the engine by which the goal of saturation church planting will be achieved.

  3. Work SCP elements - Alliance partners work so that certain elements will feed an SCP movement. These elements include mobilized prayer for church planting, empowering research that fuels SCP, fruitful training and mentoring of national church planters and continually casting vision for church multiplication.

  4. Partner - Alliance partners work together whenever possible capitalizing on the strengths of different organizations and the gifting of their people. Alliance partners recognize that working together models the kind of cooperation that helps fuel church planting movements. They focus on what they have in common with other partners while maintaining their distinctives.

  5. Resource - Alliance partners actively contribute what is dear to them - people, money, materials, time, credibility and networks for SCP facilitation efforts.

  6. Clarify - Alliance partners have clear identity and vision. They know why they exist and know how they can contribute to SCP facilitation. Partners with the clearest understanding of themselves know best how they contribute to and benefit from the partnership.

  7. Advocate - Alliance partners identify at least one partnership advocate from within their own ranks that will "champion" the cause and vision of the Alliance within each organization. These advocates are convinced of the value of SCP and promote the Alliance partnership among their colleagues.




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