Church of the Nazarene

Church of the Nazarene

17001 Prairie Star Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66220
United States

Attesting Officer
Gen. Sec, Dr. David P. Wilson


38.9550665, -94.7810052


The Church of the Nazarene resulted from the merger of three independent holiness groups. The Association of Pentecostal Churches in America, located principally in New York and New England, joined at Chicago in 1907 with a largely West Coast body called the Church of the Nazarene and formed the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene. A southern group, the Holiness Church of Christ, united with the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene at Pilot Point, Texas, in 1908. In 1919 the word "Pentecostal" was dropped from the name. Principal leaders in the organization were Phineas Bresee, William Howard Hoople, H. F. Reynolds and C. B. Jernigan. Dr. H. F. Reynolds organized the first Canadian congregation in 1902 at Oxford, Nova Scotia. The Church of the Nazarene emphasizes entire sanctification or Christian Holiness. It stresses the importance of a devout and holy life and a positive witness through Christ-like character shaped by the Holy Spirit. Nazarenes express their faith through evangelism, compassionate ministries, and education. The church is connectional. Its polity combines episcopal, presbyterian, and congregational elements. Churches call pastors. Districts conduct annual assemblies and elect leaders. The quadrennial General Assembly, a delegated body, is international in scope and establishes doctrine and order, elects the general superintendents (currently six), and elects members to various church boards and agencies. Internationally the church has 13 liberal arts colleges and universities, five graduate seminaries, 34 Bible colleges, three schools of nursing, an education college, and a junior college. The church maintains 702 missionaries and has work in 156 world areas. World services include medical, educational and religious ministries. Books, periodicals and other Christian literature are published at the Nazarene Publishing House. The church is a member of the Christian Holiness Partnership, National Association of Evangelicals, the World Methodist Council, and the European Methodist Council.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
640,966
502,798
8,870
649,836
5,058
2009
636,182
504,176
6,664
645,846
5,063
2008
636,923
507,343
8,125
645,048
5,090
2007
635,526
512,859
6,997
642,523
5,096
2006
633,154
186,177
6,873
640,027
4,814
2004
623,774
512,801
7,479
631,253
4,868
2003
616,069
0
4,979
621,048
4,922
2000
633,264
502,353
3,300
636,564
5,070
1998
623,028
710,498
4,026
627,054
5,101
1997
615,632
0
3,944
619,576
5,118
1996
608,008
0
0
608,008
5,135
1995
598,946
0
2,954
601,900
5,135
1994
595,303
0
2,538
597,841
5,156
1993
589,398
0
1,736
591,134
5,161
1991
572,152
0
1,682
573,834
5,172
1989
558,664
0
2,589
561,253
5,158
1988
550,711
0
1,553
552,264
5,129
1987
541,878
0
1,884
543,762
5,080
1986
529,192
0
1,720
530,912
5,018
1985
520,741
0
1,341
522,082
4,989
1984
514,937
0
1,083
516,020
4,973
1983
506,439
0
1,135
507,574
4,931
1982
497,261
0
1,230
498,491
4,902
1981
490,852
0
1,351
492,203
4,888
1980
483,101
0
1,175
484,276
4,853
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
5,576
2,362
2,962
10,900
2009
5,543
2,252
3,131
10,926
2008
5,403
2,230
1,758
9,391
2007
5,572
2,288
1,525
9,385
2006
5,518
2,350
1,358
9,226
2004
4,943
2,518
2,849
10,310
2003
4,705
0
0
10,271
2000
4,504
2,571
2,470
9,898
1998
4,598
2,304
3,096
9,998
1997
4,581
0
0
9,907
1996
5,111
0
0
9,741
1995
5,111
0
0
9,741
1994
4,474
0
0
9,628
1993
4,508
0
0
4,508
1991
4,416
0
0
9,363
1989
4,313
0
0
9,138
1988
4,171
0
0
8,988
1987
4,112
0
0
8,811
1986
4,088
0
0
8,667
1985
4,058
0
0
8,494
1984
4,040
0
0
8,439
1983
4,000
0
0
8,223
1982
4,003
0
0
8,043
1981
3,911
0
0
7,945
1980
3,892
0
0
7,841
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
4,459
0
0
772,445
2009
4,633
59,891
704,067
763,958
2008
4,664
59,857
709,613
769,470
2007
4,671
60,359
715,713
776,072
2006
4,672
61,215
773,604
834,819
2004
4,711
61,411
717,645
779,056
2003
4,738
0
0
777,441
2000
4,798
63,314
731,129
794,443
1998
4,822
60,817
737,324
798,141
1997
4,850
0
0
816,375
1996
4,898
0
0
819,290
1995
4,898
0
0
819,290
1994
4,916
0
0
830,370
1993
4,918
0
0
846,049
1991
4,945
0
0
860,099
1989
4,990
0
0
864,703
1988
5,054
0
0
861,761
1987
4,895
0
0
850,868
1986
4,854
0
0
835,353
1985
4,847
0
0
815,131
1984
4,837
0
0
812,987
1983
4,801
0
0
822,174
1982
4,767
0
0
811,438
1981
4,766
0
0
876,011
1980
4,745
0
0
879,756
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$126,000,000
$775,000,000
$649,000,000
2009
$133,000,000
$824,000,000
$691,000,000
2008
$139,000,000
$830,000,000
$691,000,000
2007
$140,000,000
$818,000,000
$678,000,000
2006
$137,000,000
$793,000,000
$656,000,000
2004
$133,000,000
$744,000,000
$611,000,000
2003
$133,000,000
$729,000,000
$596,000,000
2000
$122,000,000
$639,000,000
$517,000,000
1998
$105,000,000
$566,000,000
$461,000,000
1997
$99,085,440
$533,000,000
$434,000,000
1996
$95,358,352
$515,000,000
$419,000,000
1995
$93,440,095
$490,000,000
$397,000,000
1994
$89,721,860
$477,000,000
$387,000,000
1993
$54,786,786
$425,000,000
$370,000,000
1989
$48,816,131
$372,000,000
$323,000,000
1988
$47,777,361
$357,000,000
$309,000,000
1987
$46,361,418
$341,000,000
$294,000,000
1986
$44,659,917
$328,000,000
$283,000,000
1985
$42,106,110
$309,000,000
$267,000,000
1984
$38,650,783
$292,000,000
$254,000,000
1983
$35,107,262
$272,000,000
$237,000,000
1982
$34,330,162
$256,000,000
$222,000,000
1980
$28,673,535
$220,000,000
$192,000,000
1979
$26,224,606
$198,000,000
$171,000,000
1978
$24,512,411
$178,000,000
$154,000,000