In 1905, Leslie F. Gay, a vice president for the first Church of the Nazarene Los Angeles General Missionary Board, championed a resolution encouraging churches to give ten percent of their income toward mission work. In 1949, Nazarene Missions International President Louise Robinson Chapman, in an impassioned speech, challenged Nazarene churches to show their devotion to the mission by meeting the Ten Percent goal. Many individuals and churches committed themselves to this call and still choose to give beyond their tithe by donating to specific ministries that God has placed on their hearts. These Nazarene ministries are called Ten Percent Mission Specials, and there are currently hundreds of them. The Ten Percent Mission Special label indicates that these ministries partner with the Church of the Nazarene to pursue the fulfillment of the mission through valuable ministry efforts.
To learn more about Ten Percent Mission Specials, see the fact sheet.
The majority of Nazarene ministries are Ten Percent approved, including JESUS Film, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, registered Work and Witness projects, and registered Compassionate Ministry Centers. To be sure the ministry you give toward is approved, you can using the following sites to locate needs you would like to donate toward.
Some ministries not listed above may also be Ten Percent Specials. If you are unsure about the status of a ministry, please email or call us at 800-544-8413 to find out more.
If you’d like to give to a Mission Special, there are three ways you can do so.
1. Global Treasury Services
The most common method of giving is electronically through nazarene.org/give for individuals’ gifts and FundingtheMission.org for USA churches’ gifts. Gifts can also be given by check using an individual or church remittance form. These donations are sent through Global Treasury Services to the ministry of your choice. Church gifts are automatically recorded on fundingthemission.org and help churches reach their Ten Percent goal. Individuals can choose to give Ten Percent credit to their church during the giving process.
2. Point-to-Point Giving
Point-to-Point is a way for USA churches to record Mission Special donations that go directly to a Ten Percent approved ministry instead of being received by Global Treasury Services. Point-to-Point requests can be submitted by logging in to FundingtheMission.org. Approved ministries should meet at least one of the following criteria:
• The ministry is an approved USA/Canada Nazarene compassionate ministry center.
• The ministry is an approved USA/Canada New Church Development.
• The ministry has been approved by the Ten Percent Committee.
3. Church of the Nazarene Foundation
Individuals and some churches choose to make estate or other gifts through the Nazarene Foundation. The foundation assists in turning any marketable item of value into cash that goes toward the ministry of your choice.
When a church meets its Funding the Mission giving goals, it is recognized as a World Evangelism Church. When a church also gives ten percent of its total income to mission work via donations to the World Evangelism Fund and Mission Specials, the church reaches its Ten Percent goal and is recognized as a Mission 10 church. Some generous churches contribute more than 10 percent to the shared global mission. These churches receive recognition in five percent increments beyond the Mission 10 status (mission 15, 20, 25, etc.). Additionally, Nazarene Missions International recognizes churches that meet their World Evangelism Fund goal at 5.7% as World Evangelism Churches of Excellence.
• JESUS Film Harvest Partners (project list)
• Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (project list)
• Compassionate Ministry Centers (USA/Canada search engine)
• World Mission Broadcast
• World Regions (project list)
• Work & Witness (project list)
• Annual Special Offerings
• Easter and Thank/Thanksgiving
• Nazarene Theological Seminary
• Nazarene Bible College
Call toll free: 1-800-544-8413