It's time to “leave the nest” Christian Management of Australia's (CMA) National Director Gary William says; the CMA is leaving the Evangelical Alliance (EA).
Based in Brisbane, the CMA has been functioning as a self-governing ministry. Their purpose is to provide Christian churches and non-profit organizations with leadership and management resources.
CMA and the Evangelical Alliance have been together since CMA's beginning in 2002. However, both sides have assured that the split is totally “amicable and conflict free”.
Williams added that they are “particularly pleased with the God-honoring way in which all discussions and processes have taken place.”
The reason for the split from the Evangelical Alliance, Gary says, is that the time is right for CMA to move on and relieve the EA of their corporate oversight.
The move will allow the CMA more freedom to grow and extend their work into four extra areas: stewardship, Christian business, leadership and marketplace ministry.
In particular, in stewardship the organization has already started building, with the publishing of their book “CMA'S Guiding Principles of Ministry Resourcing.”
The CMA is also seeking financial assistance for legal costs and the repayment of a debt to the EA, and the organization will be looking to build a financial base for the new entity. This, they say, will allow them to establish their new organization and separate fully from the EA.
The position of National Director for the Australian Evangelical Alliance is still open following Dr Cheryl Catford’s resignation in July 2010.