Presbyters are the same order, and consequently have the same right to ordain” (Wesley’s
the power to ordain is found within the order of elders. There is not a separate “order of bishop”
or “superintendent.” Nevertheless, we, along with others in the larger Methodist tradition, have
reserved the authority to ordain, within our denominations, to those elders who have been elected
to the episcopal office/role of superintendent. (Episkopos, which is usually translated “bishop,” is
understood to mean “overseer,” or “superintendent,” which is the term that we and some other
Wesleyan denominations use for the episcopal role.)
2. For the Church of the Nazarene, the episcopal aspect of our government is expressed through the
general superintendency (cf., the “Foreword,” and par. 22.2, 306.f, 314.f, and 315.f).
3. It would be highly desirable that ordinations, if not being performed by the general superintendent
in jurisdiction, be performed by another general superintendent (active, emeriti, or retired), in as
much as they represent the whole church.
4. When the general superintendent in jurisdiction is not able to ordain, and when no other general
oversee the district (i.e., the district superintendent) be the person appointed to ordain.
5. In no case should
anyone other than an ordained elder be appointed to ordain, for ordination must
6. As the paragraph currently reads, it would be possible (even if unlikely) that a general
superintendent could appoint someone outside of holy orders to ordain. Such would be
completely and wholly inconsistent with the historic Christian and Wesleyan and Nazarene
understanding of ordination.