The church is not composed simply of statements of doctrine, ethical stands, organization, or buildings and institutions. The church is people. Nazarenes are people with a common desire to be all God wants them to be. You will find Nazarenes around the world.
The Church of the Nazarene is not a mission, but a church with a mission. It is a banding together of hearts that have found the peace of God, and which now in their gladness, go out to carry the message of the unsearchable riches of the Gospel of Christ to other suffering, discouraged, sin-sick souls. —Flyer, Church of the Nazarene, 1895
If you want to know about the Church of the Nazarene, it is essential that you get close to the people who call themselves Nazarenes. We are ordinary people from all walks of life who serve an extraordinary God who is teaching us to walk in the Spirit. Remember that while the church can be explained in a written form, it can only be experienced in the people with whom you worship and serve.
The church is a family. It is a way of thinking. It is a way of responding to the joys and hurts that we share together. We have "kindred minds and hearts." There is an old hymn that describes the church as a family.
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one;
Our comforts and our cares.
We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear,
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.