Back to Basics

The following article was written by our General Superintendents and first appeared on the denominational website: http://www.nazarene.org The Glory Barn is the original Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles, California Wilderness seasons like COVID-19 are opportunities for reviewing our core identity as a church – our denominational DNA, as it were. Getting back to... Continue Reading →

Netflix is Making it Harder to Be a Missionary

By: Rachel Kleppen *Article published in Christianity Today on September 13, 2019 For as long as I can remember, the word missionary conjured up a specific, anxiety-inducing image in my mind. A young person felt a burning call to some “dangerous” or “poverty-stricken” nation, said goodbye to the comforts of home and family, and assimilated into a... Continue Reading →

Attitude

Recently, I have been thinking about the effect “attitude” plays in a missionary’s life.  We send missionaries out to challenging places, and I believe a massive part of their success can be attributed to the way they view God, each other, and their circumstances (in other words: attitude).  Some seem to be discouraged about everything. ... Continue Reading →

What Forgiveness Is…and Is Not

  In our last post, we shared about the importance of focusing on the blessings and the difficulties of being a Missionary Kid or Preachers’ Kid.  The book, I Have to Be Perfect (and Other Parsonage Heresies) by Timothy L. Sanford, was written with MKs and PKs in mind, and the following is another extract... Continue Reading →

The Power of “And”

  Recently I was talking with a Missionary Kid (MK) who is now grown and serving as a missionary herself.  As we talked about the blessings and challenges of being an MK, she recommended the book, I Have to Be Perfect (and Other Parsonage Heresies) by Timothy L. Sanford.  Originally written in 1998, it still... Continue Reading →

Prospective Pastor Profile Survey

In a recent conversation with leaders of the Church of the Nazarene in the Dominican Republic, we realized that we were lacking a profile in order to interview and eventually call ministers to be the pastors of our congregations. After some investigating and some adaptation of some existing tools, the following document is what I... Continue Reading →

Two Ways of Sending

By: Dr. Verne Ward, Global Missions Director, Church of the Nazarene Who is a missionary? Retirees Paul and Carolyn Wheelock are finance experts. For three to 12 months at a time, they assist different regions with audits or financial work. They raise financial support for their travel and cover the remaining expenses from their own... Continue Reading →

Ten Rules Of A Toxic Faith System

Part of our work in bringing a genesis to the cities of our region is training the existing congregations in urban settings to become healthy and missional.  This has proven much more strenuous than merely training missionaries and church planters to begin churches from scratch.  Why? An alarming amount of existing faith communities are mired... Continue Reading →

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