Describing the Church of the Nazarene
Let’s put it in “a nutshell” how we think about our church.
Let me share with you six statements that characterize our church. These statements tell you who we are and what we are striving for.
The Church of the Nazarene is characterized by a great spirit of positive enthusiasm and anticipation concerning its pastor, its members, its programs, and its ministry.
We are a people who anticipate every Sunday with delight rather than drudgery. It is not simply obligation, but excitement and joy that bring us together. We desire to maintain a positive feeling of faith concerning the programs and ministries that are designed to meet the needs of the people, in the home and in the church.<
- The Church of the Nazarene uses every imaginative method possible to bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Master of their lives.
Our methods are flexible, but our message is stable: “Jesus is Lord.” We want to use our God-given imagination and complete trust in Him to meet the needs of people with the love of Christ. We are always asking the question, “What do we need to be doing?”
- The Church of the Nazarene is comfortable with its framework of belief and organization.
Doctrine, at its best, is our explanation of God’s love. It is never exhaustive, but expressive of what we have experienced. The test of doctrine is faithfulness to the Bible and fruitfulness in meeting the needs of people. We believe that life can be meaningful and fulfilling through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Concerning organization, there are no perfect systems. However, this does not release us from the need for organization and structure. Our system puts faith in the laity and the clergy, faith that is built on the attitude of unity and love.
- The Church of the Nazarene views money as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
In our church the bottom line is not money, but ministry. We refuse to be bound by the pressure of allowing finances to become more important than they really are. We believe that good communication, genuine integrity, and a need-centered program will inspire people who are sensitive to the leading of God as they give cheerfully and enthusiastically.
- The Church of the Nazarene has a deep commitment to meeting the needs of people, which results naturally in a growing church.
The only reason we count people is because people count. A congregation that believes in the faith, hope, and love of the Bible will strive to meet people where they are with what they need. We believe that if needs are being met, the church will grow.
- The Church of the Nazarene is committed to providing adequate physical facilities to care for an expanding pattern of growth, and to involving increasing numbers of lay people in the church’s work.
We believe that an adequate building is necessary for a great work. However, it is far more important to have people who are willing to work. We believe in providing opportunities of service and a ministry for every person who desires to participate in God’s kingdom. The pastor’s job is “to prepare God’s people for works of service” (Ephesians 4:12). Whatever your talents, whatever your dreams, whatever your abilities, whatever your interests, there is a place for you in the advancement of the work of the Lord.
We are a people who know what God wants. We are a family that takes joy in serving the Lord. And we have a biblical and experiential understanding that leads us into a meaningful life.
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