Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is one of love, as God's people we are grateful for what He has done in our lives through the love of Jesus Christ.  Because of His love we are compelled to love, and serve together... The Church of the Nazarene holds these beliefs to be true.  They are common to churches world-wide. We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living. We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually. We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost. We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin. We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers. We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place. on April 21, 2010 our Board of General Superintendents further clarified the above statements: At a recent meeting of the Board of General Superintendents (BGS), these church leaders issued a Statement of Affirmation titled, "We Believe." While brief, the statement comprehends the full scope of Scriptural theology held by the Church of the Nazarene. Aware of the challenges the Christian religion is facing in the public square, the BGS reaffirmed the core beliefs of Nazarenes everywhere. The Christian Church has faced withering attacks from professed atheists without, and the horrific challenges of scandal within. Clearly, the world deserves a response. Too often polemical responses have missed the challenge, offering a barrage of intellectual monologue with answers to questions few are asking. The Board of General Superintendents, using the economy of simplicity, have expressed the Christian commitment of our church in eight simple, yet profound statements of affirmation. These statements unequivocally declare the robust faith of the Church in a Triune God who has acted in salvation history to redeem the world, and is now active in the world in the Church, the Body of Christ. In these days of theological experimentation and inquiry, it seems prudent to the Board of General Superintendents to lay special emphasis on some of these agreed beliefs. We believe in God. Revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, He is holy love and light; eternally existent and infinite; Sovereign of the universe; holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. We believe in the inspiration and authority of Scripture. We hold that the Word of God is the primary source of revelation for knowing God. Dr. H. Orton Wiley, who helped shape our theology in our formative years, wrote:  "We conclude that the Scriptures were given by plenary inspiration ... in the manner that and to the degree that the Bible becomes the infallible word of God, the authoritative Rule of Faith and Practice in the Church" (Christian Theology, Vol. 1, p. 170). We believe in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6). We believe that "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). We believe that, subsequent to regeneration, believers are to be entirely sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit. We further believe that in the work of entire sanctification the believer's heart is cleansed from all sin and that the believer filled with the Holy Spirit is enabled to love God with the whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as oneself. We believe that growth in grace and the disciplines of holy living are a lifelong necessity for a life wholly sanctified to the will and purposes of God. We believe in the Church, "the covenant people of God made new in Christ" (Manual, paragraph 15), as the visible expression of God's presence and mission in our world. This is our binding address! Ephesians 4:12-13 makes it clear that every effort should be made for believers to be "built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." This, the Bible declares, will prevent us from being unsettled by every wind of doctrinal experimentation that blows across the religious landscape. We call upon our churches, our institutions of higher learning, and our people at large to hold fast to these agreed beliefs. Let us set aside anything and everything that distracts from our mission to make Christlike disciples in the nations. --Board of General Superintendents