“Church of the Nazarene? Never heard of it. What kind of church are you? How are you different from other denominations?”
Many Nazarenes know what it is like to be asked these questions by friends and acquaintances who are curious about what kind of church they belong to. People often want to know what Nazarenes believe and stand for. In order to help answer these questions, Nazarene Essentials was produced.
Nazarene Essentials, which describes the DNA of our global church, is a new document explaining the basics of the Church of the Nazarene’s teaching, history, theology, mission, funding, and connections.
“Nazarene Essentials is a resource available to all churches to help deepen our people’s understanding of who we are and what we believe,” said David Graves, Board of General Superintendents chair, in a NCN News release about the document. “It is one of the most exciting resources that has been developed for the global church.”
In the year since the Church of the Nazarene denomination’s Board of General Superintendents released Nazarene Essentials, translators on the Eurasia Region have been working rigorously to complete 18 translations of the publication.
Although the denomination was first planted in India more than 100 years ago, and has spread across Europe, the Middle East and South Asia over the past century, rapid growth in certain areas of the region over recent years means that many members – laity and clergy – are new Christians and/or new to our church’s doctrines and beliefs, particularly about scriptural holiness.
Written in plain language, Nazarene Essentials is a timely document to help new generations of Nazarenes, and new believers, understand what we believe and why.
The translations now available to Eurasian Nazarenes are:
- Completed, printed and available on the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library (whdl.org/about):
- Completed and available digitally on the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library (to be printed):
- Completed and soon to be on the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library (to be printed):
Italian is completed and being edited.
The document was originally released as the March/April 2015 edition of the denomination’s magazine Holiness Today.
For questions about upcoming translations on Eurasia Region, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.