The spiritual vision of the IAMCS is to see the outpouring of G-d’s Spirit upon our Jewish people through Messianic congregations. The IAMCS is not designed to be a denominational structure, but rather to be an instrument in promoting Messianic revival and to provide for the needs of its members, whatever their affiliations.
Since 1967, when Jerusalem came back into Jewish hands, tens of thousands of Jewish people have come into the kingdom of G-d. Many of these Messianic Jews did not want to assimilate and immediately began to form themselves into Messianic congregations to retain their Jewish heritage and to be a light to their Jewish people.
By the early 1970’s the MJAA was already deeply involved with assisting, encouraging, counseling, and even training leaders for Messianic congregations. As more and more congregations were formed, many within the MJAA had a desire to form a fellowship of Messianic congregations or synagogues under the auspices of the MJAA. The purpose of such an organization would be to strengthen one another, unite in the L-rd, and work together in this Endtime Jewish revival.
Intermediate steps were taken with the formation of the Messianic Pastor’s Fellowship with the dual purpose of sponsoring the National Conference of Messianic Pastors (held annually in Philadelphia) and providing training seminars at the annual Messiah conferences. Both of these events have a tremendous impact upon the congregational movement.
The L-rd had been speaking to the hearts of those within the Alliance that now was the time to move ahead with this fellowship of Messianic congregations. As a result, in the spring of 1986, The International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) was formed.
The IAMCS is a subsidiary of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA). The MJAA, founded in 1915, is the largest association of Messianic Jews and non-Jewish believers in Yeshua (Jesus) in the world. Its purpose is threefold:
The Young Messianic Jewish Alliance (YMJA) is a sister organization of the IMACS. The YMJA is a vibrant Messianic organization focused on young people across the nation. We exist to challenge Messianic young people to passionately follow our Messiah. Operating under the auspices of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), the YMJA is a nationally-recognized organization with deep roots in the early days of this end-time Jewish revival. The YMJA was formed in 1967 and focused primarily on college-age groups, bringing Jewish believers together for teaching and fellowship in accord with a Messianic vision. Many of these participants are current leaders in Messianic congregations and ministries. In the mid-1970’s, the YMJA was the single greatest force the L-rd used to bring about modern Messianic Judaism. From its inception, the YMJA has played a vital role in the spiritual, social, and cultural identity of our movement. Today, the YMJA maintains the vision and hasexpanded to serve young people across the nation. Through our Teen, College & Career-Age, and Singles ministries, the YMJA is being used as an instrument by the L-rd to unite Messianic believers around the world!