At the recent Dallas District Assembly, delegates voted to change the district name to North/East Texas District. The assembly vote follows a year of deliberation, discussion, and prayer by district leaders. The final approval for the name change was issued this week by the Church of the Nazarene's Board of General Superintendents and is effective immediately.
“North/East Texas is felt to be a stronger and more effective title for today and for the future,” District Superintendent Keven Wentworth said while presenting the name change proposal. “Our district is a large section of both North and East Texas, representing a wide diversity of cultures, ministries, economies, and communities.”
The proposal, submitted by the District Advisory Board, noted that “In today’s world, 'North/East Texas' is a more effective descriptive title for the district — and it connects more closely in the public mind and understanding of where Nazarenes are located in our unique geographic area. The new name is also meant to help us connect as a district family — to provide a unity of name that better relates who we are and where we are proclaiming the life-changing message of Jesus Christ: to all corners of North and East Texas.”
Organized in 1908, the Dallas District was one of the first in the Church of the Nazarene.
Wentworth paid homage to three generations of Texas Nazarenes.
“We should continue to remember and cherish the hard work, strong faith, and deep roots laid down by Nazarenes in this area since the early 1900s under the banner of 'the Dallas District.'” Wentworth said. "We seek to continue and expand that work in our neighborhoods and communities with a new district name, a new unity of purposes, and a new dedication to work together as 'the people called Nazarenes.'”