Welcome to the Church of the Nazarene: Africa Region
The Church of the Nazarene was founded in 1908, with the intention of spreading the message of scriptural holiness (Christ-like living). We are a Protestant Christian church, rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The Church is now home to more that 2 million members globally, who worship in over 26 thousand local congregations in 159 world areas.
“OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE CHRIST-LIKE DISCIPLES IN THE NATION.”
This mission is supported by our core values of being:
- A Christian People
- A Holiness People
- A Missional People
“OUR VISION IS TO REALIZE PERSONAL AND CORPORATE WESLEYAN HOLINESS REVIVAL RESULTING IN THE GROWTH AND MULTIPLICATION OF CHURCHES, WHERE DISCIPLES ARE MAKING DISCIPLE IN AFRICA AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.”
The Africa region is divided into seven fields, namely:
- CENTRAL FIELD (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, and Gabon)
- EAST FIELD (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda)
- INDIAN OCEAN FIELD (Madagascar and Reunion Island)
- LUSOPHONE FIELD (Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé & Príncipe)
- SOUTHEAST FIELD (Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
- SOUTH FIELD (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland)
- WEST FIELD (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo)
The following ministries play a significant role in how the Church fulfils its mission in Africa:
- EDUCATION is a vital part of the Church. Pastoral education important, not only for the work of the Church, but for liberal arts as well. Nazarenes support two universities, Africa Nazarene University and Southern Africa Nazarene University, as well as theological colleges and seminaries, extension systems, distance learning, and institutions for technical training in Africa. Nazarene Theology is distinguished by the doctrine of entire sanctification, which is considered to be an act of God’s grace – not of works. The Church believes that God calls Christians to a life of holy living.
- NAZARENE COMPASSIONATE MINISTRIES (NCM) makes it possible for the Church to serve as a conduit of assistance to hurting nations. The ministry’s four focal points for the region are: disaster response, child development, HIV/AIDS ministry, and human trafficking.
- NAZARENE MISSIONS INTERNATIONAL (NMI) is where – through missionaries and volunteers, as well as planting of new churches and congregations – the Church takes the Good News of Jesus Christ to people everywhere. NMI focuses on mobilizing the Church to reach out to areas that constitute unchartered ground. This ministry not only raises awareness of the needs of those working across the world – it inspires others to join in the work as well.
- SUNDAY SCHOOL AND DISCIPLESHIP (SDMI) strives to facilitate intentional discipleship-making teaching and fellowship programmes. This ministry seeks to see people becoming more like Christ, and the Church becoming more like his body.
- NAZARENE YOUTH INTERNATIONAL (NYI) The NYI is the youth arm of the Church, representing upwards of 100 000 people aged 12 to 40 within its structures. The basic aim of the ministry is to play an active role in ensuring that young people grow into Christ-like discipleship within the Church. NYI initiatives and events seek to build on capacity to consistently and effectively engage African youth.
- WORLD MISSION BROADCAST (WMB) liaises with Field Strategic Coordinators (FSCs) across the region in efforts to identify and equip talented individuals with potential to become excellent communicators in the Nazarene radio broadcast space. The primary purpose of WMB is “to reach the unreached people of Africa.”
Nazarene Governance is a combination of episcopacy and congregationalism. Six elected representatives serve on the Board of General Superintendents, which is responsible for administering the worldwide work of the Church. The General Assembly, which convenes every four years, is a platform for formulating doctrine, lawmaking, and elective authority.