THIN1 Denominational Identity (Nazarene Identity)
This course investigates the tradition and mission of the Church of the Nazarene, its place within Protestantism and its purpose in the world from a historical point of view. It focuses in the understanding of polity and organization of the church. It sheds light on the description of theological, ecclesiastical, social and global development of the church. It acquaints students with the spread of the Church of the Nazarene around the world from its beginning until the present. Special emphasis is placed on Asia and the Pacific, its development of indigenous leadership; and on the implementation of mission policies and philosophies.
The course includes how to use correct accounting procedures, making budgets, fund raising, using designated income, and expenses. A brief history of the Church of the Nazarene will be included, including the history of the denomination in the student’s own country. The course will cover the Local, District, and General structures, nature, and purpose as well as how they are funded. Students will role-play practice the various boards and positions found in our Nazarene government at the three levels (with a strong focus on the local level structures). Student will also role-play practice training others to take over various administrative tasks. The structures of the Church of the Nazarene will be compared with other church structures currently used around the world.
Click below for Learning Resources:
- Teaching Notes
- Exploring Nazarene History and Polity (USA/Canada)
- Articles of Faith Studymap (Tagalog)
- Articles of Faith Studymap (English)
- Articles of Faith Studymap Guide (English)
- Expressing a Nazarene Identity (Cunningham)
- Manual, Church of the Nazarene
- Membership Class Notes (zipped file)
- Explanation of the Articles of Faith (Spaulding)