Thinking about opening a Church Of The Nazarene church? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Opportunities in the Church of the Nazarene
The Church of the Nazarene is the world's largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Conservative and evangelical to the core, Nazarene's are adamant in their pursuit of a holy lifestyle and evangelistic endeavors.
Nazarene polity is a combination of episcopal and congregational governance structures. The Board of General Superintendents is tasked with the global administration of the denomination while doctrine and church laws are reserved for the Nazarene General Assembly.
With 26,000 congregations and more than 2 million members, it's clear that church planting has played an important role in the Nazarene's success. But given the denominational nature of Nazarene polity, religious entrepreneurs need to communicate their intentions through the proper administrative channels. A good starting point is to declare your desire to launch a missional Nazarene church through the USA/Canada Regional Office.
Finding a Mentor for a Nazarene Church Plant
It's not unusual for Nazarene church planters to emerge from the ranks of energetic, yet inexperienced believers who are passionate about using their ministry gifts in the service of others. A shortage of firsthand ministry experience isn't a sin – but it could be fatal for your new church.
A good mentor can make a big difference in your church's success. In the business world, finding a mentor is a prerequisite for growth-minded entrepreneurs. The same holds true for religious entrepreneurs. Without the input of an experienced ministry leader, there is a likelihood of your church's long-term survival is marginal, at best.
Business entrepreneurs look for mentors who have successfully funded and launched their own companies. For Nazarene religious entrepreneurs, it's important to find a mentor who has successfully planted a Nazarene church. Highly skilled clergy who lack church planting experience will be limited in their ability to offer real world advice.
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