CBMC began in the United States in 1930, when a group of Christian businessmen coordinated a series of pre–Easter rallies. With the Great Depression in its second year, these men saw a need for a spiritual revival in the Chicago area, and a six week evangelistic crusade was held at the Garrick Theatre, located in downtown Chicago.
Public response from the first meeting on January 6, 1931, was overwhelming. Crowds regularly packed out the over 800–seat theater. Apparently, God had greater plans for CBMC than its founders (C.B. Hedstrom, A.H. Leaman, John L. Lincoln, John M. Oury, Frank W. Sheriff, Dr. Ernest Wadsworth, and Edwin G. Zorn) had envisioned.
The noon, weekday meetings soon were extended beyond the scheduled six weeks into six months, then one year. Eventually, the six weeks grew into 26 years as the meetings continued uninterrupted until 1956.
Another indication that God was blessing CBMC from its inception was that similar groups were being started in San Francisco, Seattle, and several other large cities throughout the country. These separate groups linked together and established CBMC in 1937.
CBMC Belfast was established in the late 1950s following a visit from a member of the founding organisation. The Belfast committee was also integral in the planting of further CBMC groups throughout the UK and Scotland.
CBMC’s primary aim is to present Jesus Christ to business and professional people, and also through training and opportunity to help them become involved in this task.
In CBMC Belfast we achieve our aim mainly through events such as breakfasts and lunches. All events take place in informal environments such as hotels or restaurants. Speakers are invited to share their experiences of how Jesus Christ has made a difference in their lives. Please visit our events section to view our future speakers at upcoming events.
Statement of Faith
- We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
- We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.
- We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word and deed.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.
- We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven and in His present life there is for us a High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe in “That blessed hope,” the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost.