Our Nazarene Heritage

Transforming Lives in a Christ-centered community| What does it mean:

To be Christian

To be Missional

To be Holiness

We are Christian

We are united with all believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that in divine love God offers to all people forgiveness of sins and restored relationship. In being reconciled to God, we believe that we are also to be reconciled to one another, loving each other as we have been loved by God and forgiving each other as we have been forgiven by God. We believe that our life together is to exemplify the character of Christ. We look to Scripture as the primary source of spiritual truth confirmed by reason, tradition, and experience. 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 Missional

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. Our mission begins in worship, ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.

We are Holiness

The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots to an anniversary date of 1908. It was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 156 world areas.

The Church of the Nazarene is committed to Christian higher education, through which women and men are equipped for lives of Christian service. In its seminaries, Bible colleges, colleges, and universities, it is committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the development of Christian character, and the equipping of leaders to accomplish their God-given calling of serving in the Church and in the world. This continued commitment to Christian higher education through the years has produced a worldwide network of seminaries, Bible schools, colleges, and universities, such as Southern Nazarene University.