BGS Official Statements

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Clergy Sexual Abuse

Recent media coverage of cases of clergy sexual abuse has heightened our awareness of the delicate nature of the relationships that clergy and other Christian workers have with the people to whom they minister, whatever their age, gender, or circumstance.


The Emergent Church
"We Believe," the statement issued by the Board of General Superintendents, clearly articulates the position of the board in completely embracing the Articles of Faith, the values, and the mission stated in the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene. The board neither endorses nor affirms “emergent churches” or leaders who are not orthodox in their theology. We believe it is possible to move beyond mischaracterizations, embrace what is legitimate, and reject any unorthodox positions without hesitation.


Human Sexuality
The Church of the Nazarene believes that every man or woman should be treated with dignity, grace, and holy love, whatever their sexual orientation. However, we continue to firmly hold the position that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful and is contrary to the Scriptures. Related:
Human Sexuality and Marriage (Manual Par. 31), Pastoral Perspectives on Homosexuality


We Believe
The church revealed a level of genius a century ago when it expressed the nonnegotiable elements of biblical faith in eight beliefs in the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene. In these days of theological experimentation and inquiry, it seems prudent to the Board of General Superintendents to lay special emphasis on some of these agreed beliefs.


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Back to basics

Wilderness seasons like COVID-19 are opportunities for reviewing our core identity as a church – our denominational DNA, as it were. Getting back to basics helps refocus our missional purpose.

14 Aug, 2020

The great I AM

Today, many people are anxious, worried, and concerned about the future. We wonder when or if things will ever get back to normal. In Exodus 3:7, we are reminded that God reveals Himself to us in the time of our greatest need.

17 Jul, 2020

Board of General Superintendents statement on 30th General Assembly

The Board of General Superintendents has determined that current global conditions, including health risks, restricted mobility, and lack of financial resources, create limitations for a truly global representation to attend the General Assembly as scheduled in 2021.

24 Jun, 2020

United together in the mission of God

For several weeks now, despite social distancing, the church has made creative provisions for our unity. Only God can keep us together in this way as we focus on the mission of Jesus Christ.

19 Jun, 2020

The purpose of Pentecost

The Church was born to give witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gives the Church a voice to share the gospel to every generation, even to the ends of the earth. 

29 May, 2020

We are in this together

There may be days when we think that what we are facing is something that the world has never encountered in the past. While the circumstances may be different, every generation has had to face rough seas. 

22 May, 2020

Hope for restoration and transformation

Thank you for the many ways in which you have been a godly presence during this difficult time of our history.

14 May, 2020

Peace be with you

“Peace be with you!”

08 May, 2020

Lessons learned in the wilderness

Some have compared COVID-19 to a shared, global wilderness experience. The analogy seems appropriate.

01 May, 2020

There is nothing to fear

The fear that the disciples experienced after the crucifixion is not unlike the fear and questions that many are experiencing because of the coronavirus. 

24 Apr, 2020

Shifting our focus

The COVID-19 lockdown, as well as restrictions on travel, has had some unexpected consequences, including a decrease in pollution around the globe.

17 Apr, 2020

Sing a new song

Whenever the Israelites experienced a season where God did something momentous in their midst, they sang a new song. 

08 Apr, 2020

The Prince of Peace arrives

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday, remembering Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem just a few days before His passion, death, and resurrect

03 Apr, 2020

Hope and prayer

Even though these are challenging times, this past weekend was a blessing in the Church of the Nazarene, as worship services from around the world

27 Mar, 2020