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Compassionate

“Compassion as a Lifestyle”

The mission declaration of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) states:

“Following the example of Jesus, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) partners with local Nazarene congregations around the world to clothe, shelter, feed, heal, educate, and live in solidarity with those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. NCM exists in and through the Church of the Nazarene to proclaim the Gospel to all people in word and deed”.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is based in the Biblical foundation that calls all saints to involvement in the ministry among the poor and marginalized. Believers seek to live and act in compassion following the example of the life and ministry of Jesus himself. As disciples and as a Church, we seek to embody the gospel that Christ lived and preached, and to be witnesses of the love and compassion of God to our suffering and broken world.

We believe that the work of compassion in the church is as simple as the description in Matthew 25:36 which instructs us to feed the hungry, provide water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, receive the stranger, and visit the sick and imprisoned. Responding to this challenge, the compassion of the local church is demonstrated in different ways by different ministry projects.

As Nazarene Compassionate Ministries we seek to impact our communities through the following areas:

Chad Dickerson

Chad Dickerson

Regional Coordinator

Raising Awareness and Training the Local Church
Through the Disciples in Ministry program, NCM prepares and trains the church to be able to reach their communities with the love of Christ and to be able to respond to the surrounding needs. NCM also works with various emphases to create awareness in the church of the contemporary problems in our society that may not be all too apparent, so that the church may pray and respond in accordance to God’s direction.
Holistic Child Development
NCM aims at training and equipping children in most need to encourage them to dream of a better future, showing them the love of God in a tangible way and helping them grow in accordance with their potential in Christ. We do this with full recognition that the best child development occurs when children grow in the context of a loving, healthy family, with opportunities for development.
Emergency and Disaster Response
Natural disasters, wars, famines and other crises situations carry with them a profound feeling of loss, insecurity and overwhelming need. We are especially committed to working with churches to attend to the most vulnerable people and families in a holistic manner. The response is centered around the communities where the Nazarene Church is already present, but the assistance is not limited to Nazarenes or other Christians. Each response effort is organized locally with the support of the global church through prayer, donations and technical assistance.
Community Development Projects
Through training, vocational education, social assistance and other helpful tools for a community, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries equips individuals and families to interrupt the poverty cycle, and fosters sustainable community development.
Promoting Environmental Care
We understand that every believer is a steward of the creation that God has given us with the purpose of blessing us. Many communities suffer due to the misuse of nature and resulting barriers to self-sustainable living. Through education and provision for environmental care, NCM seeks to promote creation care.
We do all these things through: administrating resources, empowering communities, motivating and facilitating acts of Compassion, and extending hope by way of compassion as a lifestyle.

 

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