The Church: God's Instrument (and Some Practical Help)


Dear Fellow Investors and Friends,

In my last article, I included the following quote, which bears repeating: “The Church is God’s instrument to reach the lost. That’s why our energies and resources are poured into creating healthy, vibrant, communities of faith in the United States and around the world.” (The Alliance website, U.S. Ministries)

I also stated, “As a supporting ministry of The Alliance, Orchard Alliance is fully committed to this endeavor. Our primary role is to provide funding for places that help communities of faith carry out their God-given missions. We also strive to help in other ways as opportunities arise at the international, national, district, and local levels.”

One practical way that ADF helps is by supporting the Strategic Ministry Fund that has been established to “invest in strategic church multiplication, health, revitalization, and related purposes.” This fund is not meant to compete with the Great Commission Fund (GCF) or any other effort of The Alliance for contributions or support. It was started a few years ago to be a source of funds for initiatives that would not be possible within the GCF or through other traditional sources.

One effort that the Fund has supported is the Dream Incentive Grant program, which you may have read about. The stories of churches (like these) that have received grants to propel their ministries have been included in Alliance Life and elsewhere.

As investors in ADF, you are already advancing the varied work of ADF, The Alliance, and the Church that is so central to God’s plan for reaching the lost.

If you would also like to increase your impact by engaging with the long-term Strategic Ministry Fund that has great potential as a catalyst for Alliance ministries, you may contribute either:

By Check

Send a check made payable to “The Alliance” with Strategic Ministry Fund in the memo line to The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Office of Donor Accounting, 8595 Explorer Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

By Card Online

Go to and search for “Strategic Ministry Fund” in the search field under “Give to International Workers and Special Projects.” Then click the red “Give Now” button that will appear. Enter the amount you would like to contribute and follow the instructions from there.

Please share your thoughts by contacting me at They are always welcome.

Lawrence L. McCooey, CPA, PFS, CGMA President

Lawrence L. McCooey, CPA, PFS, CGMA

Larry McCooey