July 2018

The Tension of Being a Wesleyan Holiness People

As a Christian people formed in the mold of the Wesley brothers and the American Holiness Movement, we as the Church of the Nazarene feel the inherent tension of a binary heritage.  This polarity pulls us toward two different contexts.  One is firmly planted in 18th century England.  The other arose out of the late 19th and early 20th century America.  While our native Nazarene culture is strongly grounded in American revivalism, our theological roots are firmly planted in Wesley’s Methodism.

A Calling to Teach and Lead

Ministry comes in many forms. I grew up in a small Nazarene church in Florida.  The only form of ministry that I experienced in those days was the ministry of the senior pastor. Through my education, my eyes were opened to a multiplicity of ministries. I left for college in the fall of 1970 to study for pastoral ministry. In fact, I became a senior pastor for two churches along the way, which meant preaching, leading, visiting, and envisioning ministry opportunities together.