Any organization that remains through time is based on a deep combination of purpose, belief and shared values. This is what happens in the Church of the Nazarene. Our church was founded to transform the world by disseminating biblical holiness. We are a church of the Great Commission and of holiness at the same time. Our mission is to make disciples like Christ in all nations.
The present and future life of the Church of the Nazarene is defined by its participation in the mission of God. It is, therefore, an expression of the church of Jesus Christ and an organization that is distinguished not only by its beliefs, but also by the particular way in which it contributes to the kingdom of God.
In the Church of the Nazarene we identify the distinctive aspects that we joyfully embrace and celebrate. We gladly offer our most precious treasures – our mission, call, beliefs and highest values - as a gift to future generations.
We pray that our core values continue to serve as guidelines for those who have to make their way through the lights and shadows of the decades ahead.
We Are A Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in affirming the historic Trinitarian creeds and beliefs of the Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit”-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
We Are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.