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Since the time when Jesus Christ lived, died, was resurrected and ascended back to into heaven, there have been people who placed their faith in Christ and in so doing became Christians. The Christian Church grew so fast that within three hundred years of Christ's death it had become the most powerful force in the Roman world.

All through the centuries there have been people around the world who have discovered that Jesus Christ is able to bring forgiveness for sin and peace with God. These Christians have joined together in churches in order that they might worship God and encourage one another.

The first Church of the Nazarene was a single congregation organised in 1895, in Los Angeles, California. Between 1896 and 1958 eleven small denominations, all of whom shared the desire to live entirely devoted to God, joined together in a series of unions. Three of these small denominations were British, some were from Canada and others from the USA. The union which took place in 1908 is now remembered as the official beginning of the Church of the Nazarene.

Since its beginning in 1908 with 228 churches and 10,500 members, the Church of the Nazarene is now working in 159 world areas, with 2.15 million members. There are more than 700 contracted missionaries. The Church is known to be in the Methodist tradition since the teachings of John Wesley are respected and a large percentage of the early Nazarenes came from the Methodist Church.

The Nazarene Church in Australia

The Church of the Nazarene came to Australia through the endeavour of a young serviceman. His first convert was a young Australian serviceman, Albert Berg. He was to become the Superintendent of the Nazarene work in Australia and under his leadership, churches were planted in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth.

Since 1976, the church work has been organised into 3 districts with many churches all over Australia. The Church has been established among the Greeks, Armenians, Asians and Samoans. All of our local congregations reflect the multi-cultural heritage of the Australian people.

The church also supports a fully accredited Nazarene Theological College in Brisbane for the training of its Christian workers.