PAS-2023 History of the Church of the Nazarene and Policy

Winter 2021


Online via weekly Zoom sessions.

Mondays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time. Ten sessions.

From January 3 through March 7

 Jan. 3 / Jan. 10 / Jan. 17 / Jan. 24 / Jan. 31 / Feb. 7

Feb. 14 / Feb. 21/ Feb. 28 / March 7

3 credit hours





A study of the history of the Church of the Nazarene with special attention given to its organization, heritage, and distinctive mission. Non-Nazarene students may petition for a special study in their own denominational history and polity.


The following learning goals will be achieved by this course:

  • Locate the Church of the Nazarene within the Wesleyan, evangelical, and holiness traditions of the larger Christian family.
  • Identify the factors leading to the rise of the Church of the Nazarene as well as those contributing to the growth, development, and perpetuation of the denomination.
  • Name and discuss key leaders who organized the new work and contributed to its story over the years.
  • Understand and articulate the distinctive doctrine of the Church of the Nazarene in biblical, evangelical, and Christian context.
  • Communicate the unique values, social principles, and ethical standards of the Church of the Nazarene: how/why they were formed, how/why they were modified, and why they are important today.
  • Grasp and apply the distinguishing features of our church polity on the local, district, and general levels.
  • More effectively communicate our denominational mission as vital to our sense of identity, character, purpose, and future as well as our dialogue with the larger Christian family, American Society, and our global village.
  • Apply new insights learned to leadership and ministry.

The following are Competencies for Ministry as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination USA that will be addressed in this course:

  • CN7 Ability to articulate the Nazarene Articles of Faith.
  • CN8 Ability to demonstrate an understanding of theological reflection, including its sources, its historical development, and its Wesleyan contemporary expressions.
  • CN12 Ability to identify the formative influences of the American Holiness Movement and the Church of the Nazarene.
  • CN13 Ability to identify and explain the significance of the major events, and male and female figures in the Church of the Nazarene.
  • CN14 Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local, district, and general church.
  • CX5 Ability to place the ministry context in light of the large schemes of world and national history.


Cunningham, Floyd.  Our Watchword and Song: The Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene.  Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2009.  Print.

ISBN: 9780834124448

Leonard, Gay L.  Articles of Faith: What Nazarenes Believe and Why.  Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2004.  Print.

ISBN: 9780834122154

MANUAL, Church of the Nazarene, 2017-2021.  Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2017.  Print.

ISBN: 9780834132931

Tracy, Wes, and Stan Ingersol.  Here We Stand: Where Nazarenes Fit in the Religious Marketplace.  Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1999.  Print.

ISBN: 9780834117129