Engaging the Story of God

Nazarenes from the beginning have been known for theological tolerance.
Two maxims capture this spirit, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials,
liberty; and in all things, charity” and “If your heart is as my
heart, give me your hand.” It is important, then, that lay ministers understand
our core beliefs and distinctions (non-negotiables such as our theological
understanding of God and scripture, our Wesleyan-holiness
emphasis, and our ordination of women) as well as those areas where
we may embrace various interpretations and opinions (such as the form
of baptism, our understanding of how God created the universe, divine
healing, the nature and timing of the Second Coming of Christ, and
church structures).

Course Book from “Frameworks for Lay Leadership”:

Engaging the Story of God

Frameworks for Lay Leadership is designed to guide laypeople through
a validated course of study in order to lead a variety of ministries in the
Church of the Nazarene. This is particularly helpful in contexts where
there are no ordained clergy to plant or lead new congregations or oversee
existing ones. Upon completion of this course of study, under the guidance
of an ordained Nazarene minister, a certificate of lay ministry may
be issued by a local church board or a district advisory board.

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