Every church has "distinctives" -
those practices or beliefs that set it apart from other groups.
Sometimes this is confusing to people. They say, "If the Bible is true and Jesus
was who He claimed to be, why are there so many different churches with so many
are optimistic enough to believe that with all the differences in beliefs and
practices, most Christian congregations still agree on 90-95% of Christian
teaching, and that the other 5-10% we do not agree on falls in this category of
While we get our name from Jesus of Nazareth, you might be asking what in the
world is a modern-day Nazarene? Well...
are not Baptists, but like Baptists, we believe in calling people to
repentance and to witnessing to their new life in Christ through public
are not Presbyterians, but like the Presbyterians, we believe in the power
of the preaching of the Word of God to bring about change in people's lives.
are not Lutherans, but like Lutherans, we believe in salvation through Jesus
Christ on the authority of Scripture alone, in salvation by faith alone and
in salvation as a gift of God's grace alone.
are not Charismatics - we do not "speak in tongues" in our services - but
like Charismatics, we believe in the gifts of the Spirit, who gives people
the power to live a Christ-like life and to make a real difference in their
are not Episcopalians (Anglicans) - although John Wesley was a lifelong
Anglican - but like the Episcopalians, we take worship seriously (we just
choose to be a little less "formal" in our worship services).
are not Quakers or Moravians, but like the pietistic groups, we believe in
living a careful life that testifies to the watching world that we belong to
the Family of God.
we are not United Methodists, although we have our roots in the Methodist
tradition that grew out of John Wesley's revival movement in the 1700's. We
have good fellowship with our United Methodist "cousins", but we are
organizationally separate for historical reasons.
are a warm and friendly group of people who desire, with God's help, to live
whole lives that bring honor and glory to Him. In three words our theology is
"JESUS IS LORD!" We look to the Bible as our primary source for direction in our
worship and our lifestyles.
are life-centered in our teaching and sensitive to the needs and concerns of
give people opportunities to put their faith into action through various avenues
are honored to take our place among the many who are called Christians.
laugh and cry together, rejoice and grieve together, grow together and walk in
faith together. We aim to be a family for all who love Jesus, the Nazarene.