What is a Nazarene?

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What is a Nazarene? 

There are almost 2.3 Million people world wide who belong to this ever growing, world-wide, Christian connection/denomination.

ALIVE Church is part of a world-wide Protestant denomination that believes in: the Bible as the Word of God, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ as the mission of the Church and being filled with the Holy Spirit as the power for victorious living. We hold to all the traditional evangelical Bible beliefs in the tradition of John Wesley and the Methodist revivals of the 1800s.

We are named after “Jesus the Nazarene” (Matthew 2:23). Nazareth was Jesus’ hometown and was considered “on the other side of the tracks.” (John 1:46) The apostle Paul was later called “the ringleader of the Nazarene sect.” (Acts 24:5)

Some Kingdom Stats from our Church:

  • The Church of the Nazarene ministers in 159 world areas.
  • 702 missionaries and 310 missionary kids were deployed from 35 world areas in 2014 (including 307 Mission Corps volunteers). Last year, 119 new missionaries were added in Global Mission, 13 on special assignment, 9 interns, 86 on Mission Corps, and 9 on Regional Mission Corps.
  • 10,643 volunteers participated in mission in 2014. In addition to Mission Corps, there were 325 Short-term volunteers, and 10,011 Work & Witness team members.
  • Churches in global mission areas numbered 29,395 churches (an increase of 1.34 percent) with 2.29 million members (an increase of 1.41 percent) in those areas.
  • 465 districts have been established around the world with 27,702 clergy.
  • 5 graduate seminaries, 30 undergraduate Bible/theological colleges, 14 liberal arts institutions, 2 nurses training colleges, and 1 teacher training college had a 2014 combined enrollment of 50,998 students globally.
  • People were treated at community-based clinics and health care centers all over the world with concentrated efforts in India, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland.
  • 383 retired missionaries received pensions.

What is unique about the Church of the Nazarene? 

The belief that God loves all people, especially lost and disenfranchised people. The invitation of Jesus if for ALL people (John 3:16-17) not just a chosen group or few.

The belief that a person should live as Christ taught (obey His teachings) us if they call themselves a “Christian.” The fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5) must mark the lives of those who claim to follow Christ.

The belief that investment in World-Wide missions is a necessary part of reaching the world with the Good news of Jesus.

We emphasize the need to live fully devoted to God (holiness). We believe that Jesus should not only be our “Savior” but that God should be the leader  of our fully surrendered life….in other words our love for God should be genuine, sincere, and visible to others.

For more information the Church of the Nazarene, visit our denominational website by clicking here and scrolling down.