Who We Are
Johnstown Alliance is a Christian and Missionary Alliance church that has served the Johnstown, PA region since 1909. We have all come from a variety of church backgrounds, but they have found common ground in JAC’s dedication to sharing the Love and message of Jesus Christ through relevant Biblical teaching, passionate worship, and a desire to serve our community.
Currently, we have begun a new growth initiative, and are excited about the new things God is doing here through our congregation. As we look to the future, and the plans and ideas God has given for us to better reach our community, we hope that you will want to become a participant in the impact we believe we can have for the Gospel of Christ.
Making a Difference
Churches come and Churches go. At JAC, we don’t want to be “just another church” in lable or action. We hold firmly that the Love and message of Christ can make a difference in any situation, and we want to be a part of that. Our culture today is not an easy one to navigate, but as we come together, grow in God’s Word together, and serve together, we believe that we can make a difference for our community, and we hope you will want to be a part of making that difference with us!
At JAC, we know life is not always sunshine and roses, but it is not always doom and gloom either. Life is usually somewhere in the middle most of the time. It is our calling that we develop and mature Disciples for Jesus Christ. The first step in doing this is to be a PLACE where that can more easily happen. At JAC we are determined to…
1. Be a place for GRACE. We are not perfect, and don’t expect you to be either. We want to be a place where you can learn about and experience the Grace of salvation, know the Grace of forgiveness and healing, and practice Grace with one another and towards others.
2. Be a place for Growth. We all start somewhere and never stop learning to conect Scripture to real life. We want to be a place where you will experience the Truth of Scripture, be free to explore your questions and doubts, as well as practice and develop discipleship.
3. A place for Going. We believe that this is where Grace and Growth meet mission! We desire to be a place to exercise and understand your spiritual gifts, talents, and skills, to encourage and seek out the least and the lost, and to be a part of making the Great Commission come ALIVE!
For JAC to become the kind of place we disire, and that is didicated to the development of mature Disciples of Christ, there are several things that underline our decisions….
Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
Throughout the life of Jesus, his path constantly crossed those who were lost, hurting, outcast, and seeking. Jesus even declared that he came to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). This was a passion of our Savior, and is for us as well: Lost people matter to God. He wants them found. (Luke 15).
Prayer is the primary work of God’s people.
We believe that nothing of lasting value can be done unless it is bathed in prayer. Prayer is that which undergirds all ministry, and is the very ‘least’ a believer can do in the work God has prepared for them. It is true when it is said: Prayer moves the hand of God. If we are to be an impact in our communities then: Prayer has to be the primary work of God’s people.
Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards.
This core value is intrinsic to the nature and structure of JAC. As Scripture encourages us to remember, it’s not the amount of money we have or how much we give—it’s recognizing that everything we have comes from God (Luke 21:1–4). We teach and practice the blessing and effectiveness of the faith principle of giving. The issue is not how much to give but how much to keep.
Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
Matthew 28:19: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”—The Great Commission! But the next verse is equally important: “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple.
Our mission is also to GO and make Jesus known to all nations. Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. The first priority of every minister, congregation, and believer is to work for the evangelization of the world. Healthy churches producing healthy disciples who are devoted to reaching lost people will hasten the completion of the Great Commission and the return of Jesus Christ.
Without the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we can accomplish nothing.
The Apostle Paul said, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power” (1 Corinthians 2:4–5). Without the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we can accomplish nothing. This is not only the fiber of our being as believers.
Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks.
For more than a century, JAC has braved many trials, triumphs, failures, and unforeseen circumstances. Through the years, we have experienced this core value. This always involves change. Because of the selfless dedication of those who have gone before us, we have a great opportunity to know and make known Jesus.