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Welcome to the Church of the Nazarene in Australia

The Church of the Nazarene is an evangelical Christian denomination in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition that emerged from both the 18th-century Methodist revival in the United Kingdom and the early 19th-century Holiness movement in North America. With its members colloquially referred to as Nazarenes, it is the largest Wesleyan-holiness denomination in the world. The name of the denomination comes from the biblical description of Jesus Christ, who had been raised in the village of Nazareth (and was regarded consequently as "a Nazarene").  At the end of September 2012, the Church of the Nazarene had 2,150,883 members in 28,130 churches in 159 different "world areas" (nations or similar entities). The Church of the Nazarene supports 53 undergraduate and graduate educational institutions in 35 countries on six continents around the world, with an enrolment of more than 52,000 students. (Please see our Church of the Nazarene Wikipedia page for more current information and statistics.) The Church of the Nazarene is a member of the Christian Holiness Partnership, the Global Wesleyan Alliance, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the World Methodist Council.

Since its inception in October 1908, the Church of the Nazarene has indicated that its mission is "to respond to the Great Commission of Christ to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19)". Since the end of 2006, the global mission of the denomination has been expressed more succinctly as "to make Christlike disciples in the nations". The means for accomplishing its mission are by "making disciples through evangelism, education, showing compassion, working for justice, and bearing witness to the kingdom of God.” Three “core values” of the Church have been identified as “Christian, Holiness, Missional”. The denominational vision is: "to be a disciple-making church, an international community of faith, in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.”

The Church of the Nazarene has been present in Australia since 1945, and has 34 congregations in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Australia Capital Territory, with plans to expand to Tasmania.

Each local congregation of the Church of the Nazarene is a faith community, ready to greet you in Jesus’ name. There you will discover opportunities not only to encounter Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, but to grow as a follower of Christ. Local churches offer ministry opportunities for serving others. Fellowship, worship, training, and education are all part of our life together in Christ. Our vision and mission embraces the entire world. We invite you to experience the unique fellowship of your nearby Church of the Nazarene.

We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, hope, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere. The Church of the Nazarene is a church committed to a life of biblical holiness. We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. In recent years, Nazarene theologians have increasingly understood the movement's distinctive theological doctrine, entire sanctification, as best understood in terms of love. Love is the core notion of the various understandings of holiness and sanctification found in the Bible. Christians are called to love when in relation to God and others.

Our church allows great diversity of opinion on a variety of issues. Worship styles vary widely - with an increasing number of our churches utilising contemporary worship as their predominant worship style. This may involve the use of a projector to display song and chorus lyrics onto a video screen. More traditional Nazarene churches may have a song leader who directs congregational hymns from the pulpit or platform. Most congregations choose a blend of both traditional and contemporary styles, with worship services typically contain singing a mix of hymns and contemporary worship songs, prayer, special music, reading of Scripture, sermon, and offering. Services are often focused toward a time of prayer and commitment at the end of the sermon, with people finding spiritual help as they gather for corporate praying. We have churches that suit every personality and musical preference.

The Church of the Nazarene is intentionally inclusive and compassionate. It has 245 full-time compassionate ministries centres and volunteer efforts around the world. Nazarenes have been instrumental in assisting people in every part of the globe who have been affected by war, famine, hurricane, flood, and other natural and human-made disasters. Through the Child Development program of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (represented in Australia by NazCare), our church has 123 Child Development Centres globally that provides more than 11,140 sponsorships in 77 countries, and met the needs of more than 50,000 children through nutritional programs. The church operates 64 medical clinics and hospitals worldwide. In 2010, 11,874 children were fed each week through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.