Church of the Nazarene

ASARB Member

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
1979
473,726
0
1,094
474,820
4,831
1978
462,124
0
600
462,724
4,719
1977
455,100
0
548
455,648
4,730
1976
448,658
0
547
449,205
4,727
1975
441,093
0
0
441,093
4,733
1974
430,128
0
0
430,128
4,727
1973
417,732
0
0
417,732
4,717
1972
404,732
0
0
404,732
4,861
1971
394,197
0
0
394,197
4,654
1970
383,284
0
0
383,284
4,636
1969
372,943
0
0
372,943
4,662
1968
364,789
0
0
364,789
4,674
1967
358,346
0
0
358,346
4,652
1966
350,882
0
0
350,882
4,623
1965
0
0
0
343,380
4,580
1964
0
0
0
337,033
4,569
1963
0
0
0
342,032
4,849
1962
0
0
0
323,491
4,509
1961
0
0
0
315,647
4,486
1960
0
0
0
307,629
4,458
1959
0
0
0
300,771
4,418
1958
0
0
0
291,036
4,309
1957
0
0
0
281,646
4,225
1956
0
0
0
277,618
4,169
1955
0
0
0
270,576
4,090
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1979
0
0
0
7,745
1978
0
0
0
7,590
1977
0
0
0
7,485
1976
0
0
0
7,286
1975
0
0
0
7,223
1974
0
0
0
7,130
1973
0
0
0
7,055
1972
3,846
0
0
7,195
1971
3,950
0
0
6,774
1970
3,404
0
0
6,585
1969
4,780
0
0
6,481
1968
5,233
0
0
6,386
1967
5,226
0
0
6,364
1966
4,310
0
0
6,273
1965
4,078
0
0
6,194
1964
4,000
0
0
6,058
1963
4,314
0
0
6,304
1962
4,293
0
0
6,242
1961
4,030
0
0
5,807
1960
3,997
0
0
5,736
1959
4,208
0
0
5,593
1958
4,178
0
0
5,497
1957
3,841
0
0
5,317
1956
3,841
0
0
5,269
1955
3,979
0
0
5,188
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1979
5,978
0
0
886,108
1978
4,615
0
0
896,989
1977
4,614
0
0
921,430
1976
4,623
0
0
949,859
1975
5,713
0
0
954,503
1974
5,582
0
0
928,174
1973
5,283
0
0
902,960
1972
4,882
0
0
992,668
1971
4,806
0
0
868,911
1970
4,702
0
0
839,943
1969
4,646
0
0
832,055
1968
4,659
0
0
850,655
1967
4,867
0
0
835,200
1966
4,849
0
0
871,331
1965
4,591
62,154
684,171
746,325
1964
4,503
60,421
638,678
699,099
1963
4,759
61,746
657,280
719,026
1962
4,448
58,145
620,420
678,565
1961
4,402
57,215
615,698
672,913
1960
4,372
56,584
614,590
671,174
1959
4,356
55,303
618,070
673,373
1958
4,239
53,186
599,101
652,287
1957
4,173
51,173
549,976
601,149
1956
4,418
48,749
537,739
586,488
1955
4,068
47,257
535,218
582,475
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1977
$21,604,237
$163,000,000
$142,000,000
1976
$20,200,211
$148,000,000
$128,000,000
1975
$17,614,844
$133,000,000
$115,000,000
1974
$15,793,790
$121,000,000
$105,000,000
1973
$14,749,332
$109,000,000
$93,944,033
1972
$12,672,334
$97,902,429
$85,230,095
1971
$18,386,125
$93,002,530
$74,616,405
1970
$16,638,979
$85,099,045
$68,460,066
1969
$15,893,620
$79,974,321
$64,080,701
1968
$14,786,349
$74,354,036
$59,567,687
1964
$0
$56,016,446
$0
1963
$0
$52,525,076
$0
1962
$0
$49,505,444
$0
1961
$0
$47,122,078
$0
1960
$0
$45,346,965
$0
1959
$0
$42,183,554
$0
1958
$0
$40,145,220
$0
1957
$0
$39,085,450
$0
1956
$6,656,972
$35,144,678
$28,487,706
1955
$6,259,669
$33,611,046
$27,351,377
1954
$5,730,792
$30,544,278
$24,813,486
1953
$5,110,436
$29,519,714
$24,409,278
1952
$4,480,990
$27,099,068
$22,618,078
1951
$3,939,344
$24,355,469
$20,416,125
1950
$0
$23,868,142
$0