We are excited to know Christ, and want to share that experience with people first throughout our local community, and ultimately around the world. We feel privileged to be part of a denomination with such a passion for this goal. Working together, we are able to accomplish more than we could ever imagine if we tried to reach the world independent of each other. Our involvement includes prayer, financial support, and even personal experience through short-term missions opportunities in other parts of the world.
Nazarenes have outreach ministries in over 150 world areas, with approximately 800 missionaries. As a denomination we support 40 Bible and theological colleges, 11 liberal arts universities, and 5 vocational/training school worldwide, which together serve over 40,000 students annually. Compassionate ministries are an important part of our ministries, too, as we seek to provide for physical needs in addition to spiritual ones. To learn more about the global mission of the Church of the Nazarene, check out the Nazarene Missions International website. For more information on how Ontario Nazarene specifically participates in missions, read on below.
The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, shcools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.
The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box. Individuals are challenged to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need. The boxes also serve as reminders to pray for those people who will benefit from Alabaster buildings.
In September and February, the money is collected. Sometimes a "march offering" is received with individuals carrying their boxes to the front of the church and pouring the money into a large offering container. The way an offering is received is as varied as the world areas in which the Church of the Nazarene has a presence; however, it is always accompanied with a spirit of rejoicing.
What is Faith Promise?
The Church of the Nazarene acknowledges that Faith Promise giving is a biblical method used by many local churches for raising financial support for world evangelization. For our denomination, it is dedicated specifically to the mission support of the Church of the Nazarene through various offerings promoted by Nazarene Missions International (NMI).
Faith Promise is not to be confused with:
A pledge - no one will remind individuals of the exact amount they owe on their Faith Promise giving.
The tithe - a Faith Promise is a love gift to God, to be given beyond the tithe.
A substitute for mission offerings - In addition to Faith Promise, opportunity should be given for people to give to missions. Such offerings allow those not participating in Faith Promise an opportunity to give to missions; and, for those who are, it provides additional opportunities for giving as the Holy Spirit leads.
A cure-all for a church's financial problems.
What does my giving to faith promise do?
The main priority is reaching the world for Christ through the payment of the World Evangelism Fund (WEF). Many offering opportunities exist for you to give toward missions, Alabaster, World Mission Broadcast, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, deputation, and so forth.
Building God's kingdom by personal involvement. Over 150,000 have bene mobilized through Work & Witness since its beginning in 1974. Resulting in more than 5,000 years of dontated labor worldwide. Work & Witness teams go to every region of the world and partner with local churches in construction projects, technical needs, evangelism and compassionate ministries. In the past Ontario First has gone to Costa Rica, Manchester, and helped with clean up efforts for Hurricane Katrina.
What Is the World Evangelism Fund?
The World Evangelism Fund is the cooperative genius of the mission enterprise of the Church of the Nazarene. It is based on the concept that we can do more working together than could ever be done working alone.
Why do we have World Evangelism Fund?
Missions in the Church of the Nazarene is a large enterprise. To accomplish the Great Commission—spreading the gospel and the message of holiness around the world—requires money. In this type of support, churches do not always share equally in the mission work. Larger churches are sometimes visited by more missionaries than they could possibly help, while some smaller churches are overlooked. The World Evangelism Fund was created to allow missionaries to work more effectively and to encourage all churches to support missions. The World Evangelism Fund goes directly toward accomplishing the mission of the Church of the Nazarene, to make Christlike disciples in the nations. The World Evangelism Fund is the funding that operates the Church of the Nazarene and its entire mission effort, from the operation of the Global Ministry Center to districts and churches around the world.
How does the World Evangelism Fund work?
Employed missionaries (excluding volunteers) in the Church of the Nazarene receive a monthly paycheck based on a standard amount plus a cost-of-living adjustment. Missionaries also receive medical insurance, a pension provision, and other benefits such as housing and travel costs. The World Evangelism Fund comes from the generosity of Nazarenes around the world. Each church is challenged to contribute an assigned apportionment, but many, seeing the effectiveness of the world mission enterprise, choose to overpay.
How is the World Evangelism Fund collected?
Traditionally, it has been through two large offerings a year—at Thanksgivign and Easter. Some churches continue to successfully raise their entire fund this way. Faith Promise falls under the WEF umbrella.
The Benefits of the World Evangelism Fund
Missionaries—The World Evangelism fund provides the strategic foundation and base for the work of our missionaries around the world. This funding allows our missionaries to expand their ministry by building upon your support.
Churches—Regardless of size, each church has the opportunity to take part in the global mission endeavor. Also, just as individuals are blessed by God when they commit a portion of their resources for His kingdom, so churches are blessed when they allocate funds to help reach the lost around the world.
Crisis Care Kits (CCKs) are a cooperative effort between Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Incorporated (NCMI) and Nazarene Missions International (NMI). CCKs continue to meet the needs around the world. The kits have gone to places like Belize, California, Dominican Republic, Greensburg, KS, Haiti, Jamaica, Jordon, Louisiana, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and Zambia. Your generosity makes an incredible difference! Each local church is challenged to donate enough kits to fill at least one banana box (six CCKs per banana box). Small churches may combine efforts to fill banana boxes with CCKs. The CCK emphasis will be December (NMI's month of emphasis for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries); however, kits may be received year-round and people are encouraged to provide kits when disasters occur around the world so quantities will be sufficient. *say what goes in a kit*
A CCK is a gallon sized zippered storage bag that contains basic needs such as soap, comb, ..... along with a comfort item. We fill these bags and then send them to a holding location where they can be sent to areas throughout the world immediately in times of crisis.... from time to time we offer lists of items needed for these bags.
The LINKS program of the Church of the Nazarene is a network of personal connections between missionaries and Nazarenes around the world. Missionaries are assigned to districts and, then on the district level, connected to local churches. This gives each church an opportunity to become personally acquainted with the missionary family and their field of service. Typically, churches send cards, cash gifts, packages, and other remembrances to their LINKS missionaries.
In return, the churches feel a sense of involvement with the global mission enterprise of the church through regular correspondence from the missionaries, updates from their field, and even through deputation services while the missionaries are on home assignment. The missionaries are encouraged, knowing people care and pray for them. The relationships built over time personalize names and faces that both the missionaries and their LINKS churches value highly.
Ontario Nazarene is proud to be the home church for many missionaries.
Michael & Cailyn Wheatley *blog here*
Kellie Mendenhall *blog here*
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Mission books can be found in the rack in the mission center in the Nicholson Commons. There are books there for every reading level and are checked on the honor system.