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The mission of the Church of the Nazarene is to make Christ-like disciples in the nations.

We are a Great Commission church (Matthew 28:19-20). As a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the Good News of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands.

 

The Church of the Nazarene bonds together individuals who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives, sharing in Christian fellowship, and seeking to strengthen each other in faith development through worship, preaching, training, and service to others.

 

 

We strive to express the compassion of Jesus Christ to all persons along with our personal commitment to Christlike living.  While the primary motive of the church is to glorify God, we also are called to actively participate in His mission—reconciling the world to himself.

 

Board of General Superintendents Report 2015 

 

 
2015 Church Focus

The focus for the Church of the Nazarene Trinidad and Tobago District in 2015 and beyond is to recapture the heart of Jesus for His Church. This will result in healthy churches Making Christ-like disciples in the Nation. Four main steps will help us get there: 

 

1. Each church must complete the Life Cycle Evaluation.

2. Each church must complete the church health survey.

3. Each church must setup a refocusing team who will be charge with the responsibility to  refocus the church.

4. Each church must document and implement a plan of action.

  

All of this will take place under the theme: "The glory of the Future Church” Haggai 2:9. Unity is Key. Jesus prayed “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me”. The standard is not institutional unity but rather personal unity: “Just as you are in me and I in you….that they may be one as we are one.” (vv.21-22). Jesus was not calling for uniformity since he and the Father are distinct from each other and have different functions. So it is with us each church will be different base on the community they are called to serve.  

 

John in Chapter 15:1 spoke about this vital unity that exists between the vine and the branches in which every separate branch is still an integral part of the one vine.  The purpose of this unity is the maintenance of a convincing testimony before the world to the revelation of God in Christ and to his love for his disciples.    We cannot as Nazarenes allow this moment to unite the church to pass us. We must be prepared to give up our individual tribal purposes for the whole district or national purpose. The time is NOW!  

 

We must come together and “expand our communication to utilize new media popular in today’s culture.  This includes Facebook with its 800 million members and a 50 percent daily usage and even old technology like email and websites.  It is possible to be a digitally connected church for ministry for outreach, for spiritual growth, and for receiving tithes and offerings – which should be understood as an act of worship”.  

 

A note of caution is in order.  In the age of Facebook people still need the personal touch.  The church would do well to remember that it is the person of the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus Christ to unbelievers – not technology.  What if more churches become externally focused?  What if more local churches were encouraged to try new things?  What if more Pastors equipped and commissioned their Laity for service?  What if more of our Laity, once equipped and commissioned, took the initiative to explore new areas of ministry?  This might include starting Home Bible Studies, teaching Sunday School Classes or engaging in Planting New Churches. 

 

What if Nazarenes all across the district would once again hear the call of God, be filled with the Holy Spirit, go into their world as empowered witnesses and become involved in making disciples?  We will change the landscape of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension the region.  

 

Our District D.N.A. remains the same, so are our watchwords:

·         Self Propagation.

  • ·         Self Governance.

    ·         Self Support.

 

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Church of the Nazarene's Position on Homosexuality
Official Statement: The Church of the Nazarene believes that every man or woman should be treated with dignity, grace, and holy love, whatever their sexual orientation. However, we continue to firmly hold the position that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful and contrary to the Scriptures.
 
We further wish to reemphasize our call to Nazarenes around the globe to recommit themselves to a life of holiness, characterized by holy love and expressed through the most rigorous and consistent lifestyle of sexual purity.
 
We stand firmly on the belief that the biblical concept of marriage, always between one man and one woman in a committed, lifelong relationship, is the only relationship within which the gift of sexual intimacy is properly expressed.
 
- Board of General Superintendents
 
                                                
 
Rev Dr Peter Stroude installed as Senior Pastor

District Superintendent Dr Victor George installed Rev. Dr. Peter Stroude as Senior Pastor of the Santa Cruz Church of the Nazarene on Sunday 22nd February, 2015. 

Rev. Dr. Peter Stroude accepted the Lord as his personal savior at an Inter-School Christian Fellowship (ISCF) Summer Camp at 11 years old.  He was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1979.  Dr Stroude holds a Diploma and Bachelor of Theology Degree from the West Indies School of Theology in Trinidad, a Diploma in Education from the Shortwood Teacher’s College in Jamaica, a Master of Arts in Counseling from the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (CGST) in Jamaica, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Oxford Graduate School in Tennessee, USA.  Dr. Stroude received his District Licence in 2010 and was ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2014.

 

DS Dr Victor George installs Dr Peter Stroude as Senior Pastor
DS Dr Victor George installs Dr Peter Stroude as Senior Pastor of the Santa Cruz Church of the Nazarene