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Ministry Areas

Missionaries are sent around the world as catalysts for evangelism and church development. The main roles in which missionaries serve are:

Administration
Administration includes finance, personnel management, and institutional organization. Missionaries in this area need a broad base of education and skills not necessarily limited to business administration. Read more

Church Development
All missionaries, by definition, are engaged in evangelism. Most missionaries are called on to preach, regardless of their training or profession. Outside of pioneering assignments, church development missionaries work alongside to mentor, guide and disciple national leaders to develop the local and district church. Read more
Communications
Missionaries are also involved in specific aspects of communications including radio, video, Websites, TV spots, and literature. Each person who wants communications to be his or her primary ministry should have a broad and thorough foundation in these various mediums of communication. Read more
Construction
A person interested in building projects may need to fill several roles. He/she may be a regional advisor, a supervisor of projects, and a finisher for jobs. The variety of roles is as large as the variety of projects undertaken. Read more
Maintenance
In order for the church to stay at its best, missionaries to keep things running are needed. Schools, regional offices, and other facilities often need someone on-site to coordinate maintenance and repair. This can involve maintenance on cars, buildings, and lawns. Read more
Compassionate Ministry
Compassionate ministry responds to human needs through child development, disaster relief, development education, and social transformation. Global missionaries may be sent to coordinate and manage compassionate ministries projects. Read more

Financial Management
Financial officers face many opportunities and challenges. They work in a variety of areas including currency exchange, budgets, taxes, investments, and accounting. It is important to be well prepared for financial management. Read more

Information Technology
A person sent to work with computers is usually the resident expert. Programming, teaching, repairing, networking, and establishing databases are part of the work they perform. Read more
Medical
We believe God touches every aspect of our lives, including our bodies. Increasingly, the Church of the Nazarene is moving towards community-based health care. Doctors are used to equip and train a new generation where more emphasis is placed on preventative health care. Read more

Pastoral Educators
The Church of the Nazarene believes in the power of education. Currently almost 25% of all missionary personnel minister in this area. The majority of educational missionaries serve in theological education and pastoral training. Read more

  Liberal Arts Educators
Professors can also engage in Liberal Arts education as Tentmakers. They can be employed through a college, or university that is not a Nazarene institution. Their employers provide salary and benefits; still, they create a covenant with the Church of the Nazarene whereby they become partners in mission. Read more
  Juvenile Educators
Juvenile education (K-12) provides a place for students to be challenged and transformed through learning. This can happen in a variety of contexts such as an international school, in a tutorial situation, or a boarding school. This need is primarily filled by Mission Corps. Read more

Work & Witness

People interested in coordinating Work & Witness teams need experience in different areas of construction. A basic understanding of architecture is also helpful. Coordinators are responsible for organizing the placement and work of each team.
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Whatever a missionary does, the primary goals are to glorify God by reaching the lost, assisting in starting churches, and nurturing local people so they can grow and flourish in the Lord.


Administration

The Church of the Nazarene is creating more administrative centers around the world. Currently, there are six regional offices, and nearly 30 field offices. Nazarene hospitals and schools also need administrators to facilitate the work of the church. Administration is a gift and skill welcomed everywhere.

Administration includes finance, personnel management, and institutional organization. Missionaries in this area need a broad base of education and skills not necessarily limited to business administration.

Actual experience is vital in the development of organizational skills. We look for candidates who have successfully engaged their administrative gifts for at least two years in the marketplace. We believe this will help lay the foundation for work in God's world mission.


Church Development

Today, 40% of the world's population has not heard the Good News about Jesus Christ. There is a need to boldly proclaim the gospel to all nations. Preaching and evangelism are foundational to the work and mission of the church. They are rooted in Jesus' command to "go make disciples..." (Matt. 28:19), and in the power of the Holy Spirit that thrusts us into the world to be witnesses for Christ (Acts 1:8).

All missionaries, by definition, are engaged in evangelism. Most missionaries are called on to preach, regardless of their training or profession. Outside of pioneering assignments, church development missionaries work alongside to mentor, guide and disciple national leaders to develop the local and district church. As such, all missionaries are called to be catalysts. They are to be models, teachers, and encouragers of preaching and evangelism. The goal is to build passion and enthusiasm for preaching and evangelism among local leaders and pastors.

By the year 2010, the Church of the Nazarene plans to have three million new members, and 10,000 new churches. This means the Church of the Nazarene will grow almost 225%! We need people who are committed to passing on God's passion for preaching and evangelism.


Communications

Missionaries trained and skilled in communications are valuable to the work of the church because the church is called to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to the world. The Church of the Nazarene is currently investing in various media so the gospel may be spread further, faster, and as effectively as possible. Communications is a growing area of missionary service.

Currently, all six world regions have Regional Communications Coordinators (RCC). Additional missionaries are also involved in specific aspects of communications including radio, video, Websites, TV spots, and literature. Each person who wants communications to be his or her primary ministry should have a broad and thorough foundation in these various mediums of communication. Education and at least two years of work experience are critical steps in strengthening your skills. There is a need for people who can use the tools of communication to spread the Good News.

 

 

Construction
The Church of the Nazarene has grown rapidly the last ten years. New building projects are underway. We are building new churches, expanding regional facilities, and establishing field offices. Schools and seminaries are being erected in order to train a new generation of pastors and leaders.

A person interested in building projects may need to fill several roles. He/she may be a regional advisor, a supervisor of projects, and a finisher for jobs. The variety of roles is as large as the variety of projects undertaken. Therefore, it is essential for anyone interested in building projects to have a solid foundation in different areas of construction. A basic understanding of architecture is also helpful.

Building project leaders need to have a good understanding of the structure and organization of the Church of the Nazarene. This person needs to know how building projects and Work & Witness teams are used to strengthen the church. A leader should be flexible in changing circumstances and able to work well with people of all skill levels.

Building projects are usually directed by Work & Witness coordinators. There are times, however, when a global missionary is sent on a specialized assignment (less than two years) to coordinate building projects.


Maintenance
In order for the church to stay at its best, missionaries skilled in keeping things running are needed. Schools, regional offices, and other facilities often need a person on-site who coordinates maintenance and repair. This can involve maintenance on cars, buildings, lawns, and more.

Missionaries committed to maintenance and repair will have to be creative problem solvers. Many times maintenance and repair personnel must make parts to replace something broken as replacement parts may not be available. Candidates should have a proven track record in other jobs, good people skills, and a teacher's heart. As they make repairs, they will also train others. Only a few missionaries are sent to work in the areas of maintenance and repair, but their jobs are valuable to the work of the Church of the Nazarene and spread of the gospel.

 


Compassionate Ministry

Compassionate ministry seeks to respond to pressing human needs as it addresses root problems confronting the powerless. Compassion is anchored in the commitment that we must obey the Great Commission to "go and make disciples"(Matt. 28:19), and the Great Commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:37-40).

Compassionate ministry responds to human needs through child development, disaster relief, development education, and social transformation. Global missionaries may be sent to coordinate and manage compassionate ministries projects.

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is operating in over 70 world areas. Projects range from emergency assistance for refugees from the tsunami in Southeast Asia to sponsoring a child's education in Samoa. Additional programs are designed to provide micro-loans for entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, and caregivers committed to families and victims of AIDS in Africa. Expressions of compassion are as diverse as the needs that surround us.

All missionaries are engaged in compassionate ministry. Compassion is a lifestyle, not a job. It is woven into every ministry, from administration to Work & Witness. While few missionaries are sent to be full-time Compassionate Ministries Coordinators, all missionaries are involved in compassionate ministry.

Click here to view web pages of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.


Financial Management

Financial work facilitates the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. As the church grows, there is an increasing need for financial expertise and integrity.

Financial officers face many opportunities and challenges. They work in a variety of areas including currency exchange, budgets, taxes, investments, and accounting. It is important to be well prepared for financial management.

A bachelor's degree in accounting or a related field is essential for those wanting to serve in the area of financial management as well as a working knowledge of investments. Work experience is vital in the development of financial skills. At least two years of actively practicing financial skills are necessary. Experience as a C.P.A., or an M.B.A. in international finance are helpful, although not required.


Information Technology

Regional offices, field offices, and educational institutions utilize information technology for the work of the Church of the Nazarene. The use of computers creates a need for people who can service and operate them.

A person sent to work with computers is usually the resident expert. Programming, teaching, repairing, networking, and establishing databases are part of the work they perform. Relevant education, training, and work experience are necessary for handling the multiple demands of this ministry. Information technology and technical support are significant to the operation of the church and its mission to spread the Good News throughout the world.


Medical

We believe God touches every aspect of our lives including our bodies. Currently, seven percent of all Nazarene missionaries are engaged in community-based health care programs and work in hospitals.

Increasingly, the Church of the Nazarene is moving towards community-based health care. Global missionaries serve at the Nazarene hospital in Papua New Guinea and around the world in community-based health care. Doctors are used to equip and train a new generation where more emphasis is placed on preventative health care.




Education

Pastoral Educators
The Church of the Nazarene believes in the power of education. Currently almost 25% of all missionary personnel minister in this area. The majority of educational missionaries serve in theological education and pastoral training.

The Church of the Nazarene has a vision to grow 225% in the next decade. We expect 10,000 new churches to be planted. Missionaries are needed who will equip, train, and prepare a new generation of leaders, pastors, and educators.

Pastoral education occurs at residential schools and through extension education programs. The Church of the Nazarene has 55 residential schools where certificate and degree programs are offered. Currently, 36% of pastoral ministry students are educated on campus. Almost 6,500 students are being trained through extension education programs.

Missionaries called to pastoral education need a firm educational foundation in Bible, theology, and ministry. Educators should have at least a Master of Divinity or Master's degree in biblical studies, theology, or Christian education. Missionaries teaching at university or seminary level need an earned doctorate. In addition to educational requirements, educators need to obtain two years of ministerial experience.


Liberal Arts Educators
Eight colleges outside the United States and Canada include programs other than ministerial preparation. Occasionally, there is a need for professors in a variety of subjects. These assignments are generally short term, and the professors are sent as Mission Corps. Professors should have an earned doctorate.

Professors can also engage in Liberal Arts education as Tentmakers. Tentmakers can be employed through a college, or university that is not a Nazarene institution. Their employers provide Tentmakers' salary and benefits. Still, Tentmakers and the Church of the Nazarene create a covenant whereby they become partners in mission.


Juvenile Educators
Juvenile education (K-12) provides a place for students to be challenged and transformed through learning. This can happen in a variety of contexts such as an international school, in a tutorial situation, or a boarding school. This need is primarily filled by Mission Corps.

Today we have teachers who serve internationally as Mission Corps. Mission Candidate Opportunities educators are primarily sent to work with missionary kids. The exact conditions can vary from a tutorial situation with one family, to teaching missionary kids from several families.

Serving as Tentmakers is also an option for teachers. International schools can employ Tentmakers. This provides for their financial and medical needs. Tentmakers and the Church of the Nazarene, then, create a covenant whereby they become partners in mission.


Work & Witness

In 2013, 673 Work & Witness teams were sent to world areas and 10,219 volunteers were part of Work & Witness teams. That means 483,800 hours of work were put into the task of world mission. Work & Witness is a program designed to utilize people's time, talents, and resources for the Kingdom of God.

In order to coordinate this massive effort, the Church of the Nazarene needs people strategically placed around the world. Work & Witness coordinators are usually sent to areas of high growth and church density. They are in the heart of the action.

People interested in coordinating Work & Witness teams need experience in different areas of construction. A basic understanding of architecture is also helpful. Along with technical expertise, a Work & Witness coordinator needs a pastor's heart. Coordinators are responsible for organizing the placement and work of each team. They are to guide and shepherd teams through the transforming experience of working and witnessing for the Lord in a different culture and context.

Work & Witness coordinators often form a bridge between two cultures. It is a challenging task with many rewards.

 
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