Founded in London in 1809, the Church's Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ) has been active in the Land of Israel since the 1820s.
The founders of CMJ were influenced by the Protestant Reformers and especially the 16th and 17th century Puritans, who saw clearly that despite national Israel’s rejection of Jesus as Messiah, God had not revoked his covenant love for the Jewish people. From the beginning CMJ was aware that God had promised to restore the people of Israel to their land and to their Messiah.
Seeing the oppression and persecution of the Jewish people, CMJ began a ministry of relieving the suffering of the Jewish people through charity at local levels, political activism in the highest echelons of the British government and proclaiming the Gospel of God's Kingdom.
CMJ set up mission stations throughout the world. Schools, churches, clinics, hospitals, printing presses and bookshops were established primarily in Europe and the Middle East to help alleviate the suffering of the Jewish people. CMJ staff was instrumental in combating anti-Semitism, and Christians in the British government (many involved with CMJ such as William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury) played a key role in the Jewish return to the Land of Israel. CMJ not only built the first Protestant church in the Middle East, Christ Church Jerusalem, but also the first schools, the first houses of industry for job training, and the first hospital with state-of-the-art equipment and medicine, all of which helped bring modern standards of health, welfare, and education to the area.
Today CMJ Worldwide is active in eight countries, and CMJ Israel has multiple ministries within Israel, including guesthouses and retreat centers across the country (in Jerusalem, Jaffa and the Galilee), a highly-rated international school, Heritage Centers, a travel company, and Christ Church at Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Here in the US, CMJ USA works inter-denominationally with congregations, carrying out our mission to combat anti-Semitism, increase awareness of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith, and foster respectful dialogue between Jews and Christians about our common and divergent beliefs.
We hope you will be inspired to join us—use our resources, join us for a study tour to Israel, invite us to teach at your congregation, volunteer to help! Pray for peace in Jerusalem!