Who are the Nazarenes?
The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the Church is now home to more than 1.6 million members worshipping in over 18,000 local congregations in 151 world areas. The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church.
We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love meaing in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere. The Church of the Nazarene is also a holiness church.
We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Nazarenes are a compassionate people and we believe in serving others. This is expressed locally through the service of members to their communities.
Contributions from Nazarenes make possible the aministration of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM). Following the example of Jesus, NCM seeks to educate, clothe, shelter, feed, heal, and ultimately empower those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. Through 225 full-time compassionate ministry centers and volunteer efforts, Nazarenes have been instrumental in assisting people in every part of the globe who have been affected by war, famine, hurrican, flood, and other natural and man-made disasters. The worldwide network of Nazarene churches makes it possible for the denomination to serve as a conduit of assistance to hurting nations. Nazarenes provide money for food, medical supplies, clothing, and other items to person in a number of countries where there are pressing needs. In addition, the denomination's missionary infrastructure is often used by World Relief and similar agencies when they need assistance in getting supplies to people in remote or troubled areas.
The Church of the Nazarene bonds together individuals who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives, sharing in Christian fellowship, and seeking to strengthen each other in faith development through worship, preaching, training, and service to others. We strive to express, the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons along with our personal commitment to Christlike living.