Friday, April 4, 2014

The National Association of Evangelicals Meet at Nazarene Global Ministry Center

The Nazarene Communications Network recently reported that the the National Association of Evangelicals recently held its spring meeting at the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center in Lenexa, Kansas.

"It was a tremendous privilege for us to host the NAE Board of Director meetings," said David P. Wilson, general secretary for the Church of the Nazarene. "We work very closely on issues relative to the evangelical church."

The NAE represents more than 45,000 churches from 40 denominations and serves a constituency of millions.*

"Historically, the Church of the Nazarene has played a significant role in the association," Wilson said. "People at the GMC put their best foot forward. The members that attended were impressed with the hospitality and with the facility."

Due to the size of the gathering, one of the plenary sessions was reportedly hosted by College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas.

During the meeting, Wilson gave an overview of the Church of the Nazarene. He was elected as a member-at-large and a member of the Executive Committee. As the current chair of the Board of General Superintendents, David W. Graves serves as the denominational representative.

Since 1942, the NAE has spoken as a united voice for millions of U.S. evangelicals who take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. According to the NAE website, the group brings together Calvinist, Arminian, Wesleyan, Anabaptist, and Charismatic traditions and holds "a commitment to dynamic unity that works toward a vision of all things made new, of all God's people reconciled, and of a lost world saved."

The Church of the Nazarene has been an NAE member since 1984.
--General Secretary's Office
* It was reported in the original article, which can be read, here, that "The Church of the Nazarene is the second largest denomination in the association."  However, I don't know how they are figuring that, unless we are using our international numbers compared to everyone else's nation numbers.  I believe that the Assemblies of God and the Church of God (Cleveland), both listed as NAE members, are larger than Nazarenes when comparing the national numbers of each (and when comparing our international numbers, as well).  The Foursquare Church, joins them in out-distancing us internationally.

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