In 1985 CCM emerged within the Community of Christ denomination (known then as RLDS) as an outreach ministry to young adults struggling with rapid social changes and many personal struggles. In the larger context, contemporary christian music gained popularity among seekers who were looking for new forms of praise and witness of the life of Jesus and the power and manifestation of the Spirit. The name change to Contemporary Christian Ministries signaled a desire to continue to be a vanguard for a new expressions of ministry and praise not only as new communities but as a resource, sharing the methods, insights and vision with the broader body of the church .
Over the years CCM has been a home to those who have found a new life in Christ and a active presence of the Spirit in all parts of life. Throughout its 30 year history CCM has continued to rely on scripture, faith-filled leadership, and the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. CCM has been called to bear witness and be a strong advocate for the centrality of Jesus Christ in our world. Today the basis of current christian faith has been undergoing shifts in thought, practice, mission including its foundational principles.
As a prophetic community, CCM has continued to respond seriously to the active presence and love of God in our world. CCM proclaims the redemptive revelation of God in Jesus Christ, honors the presence of the Kingdom of God and submits to the power and person of the Holy Spirit. We pray that God will continue to lead us as a missionary force within the Community of Christ and the broader community.
Currently the missional calling of CCM has been blessed with 19 expressions of the ministry of Jesus. They are not exclusive to CCM nor is their formation complete. The expressions are to be in a dynamic relationship with each other and shaped by experience with the Holy Spirit. In line with Jesus' vision of the Kingdom, CCM has received these expressions in three primary areas of mission: evangelism, equipping and compassion. Their alignment with the Community of Christ missional initiatives is noted in the description.