About Us

Welcome to the Church of the Nazarene Africa Region

The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, it was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living). The Church is now home to more than 2 million members worshiping in over 26,000 local congregations in 159 world areas.

Our Mission

To make Christlike disciples in Africa.

Our Vision

To realize personal Wesleyan holiness revival resulting in church planting movements in which disciples make disciples throughout Africa and the world.

Our Top Five Priorities

The Africa Regional Advisory Council (RAC), under the direction of the Regional Director, has prayerfully considered the ministry priorities for the Africa region. They have been agreed to as the following:

  • Disciple-making of children, youth, and adults
  • Pastoral education and training (clergy and lay)
  • Compassion Evangelism
  • Leader-development (clergy and lay)
  • Entering new countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Our Top Ten Extraordinary Prayer Requests

The Church in Africa is a praying church. We believe that we can trust God to do what He is willing to do through us. The first and most important thing we must do is pray. These are the extraordinary prayer requests or themes we would like every Nazarene to pray for Africa Region:

  • Every Nazarene dependent upon God only
  • Every Nazarene a Spirit-filled disciple
  • Every Nazarene a disciple maker with a real burden for the lost
  • Every Nazarene giving authority to God's Word
  • Every Nazarene an extraordinary pray-er
  • Every Nazarene leader faithful to God, family, and church
  • Every Nazarene leader building leaders who build leaders who change the world
  • Every Nazarene Pastor an effective minister of the Word
  • Every Nazarene home a nursery for Holiness Champions
  • Every Nazarene local church experiencing a real movement of the Holy Spirit

Africa Nazarene Publications

Africa Nazarene Publications (ANP) sources and publishes Wesleyan-Holiness literature to support the ministries on Africa Region. Products include:

  • Sunday School curriculum
  • periodicals
  • books
  • merchandise items for the convenience of churches in fulfilling their mission.

A major function of this office is the translation of Christian literature into multiple languages of Africa. Translation committees are in place on each of the six fields in order to serve the needs of the church in this capacity and also to print and distribute literature that is not only necessary, but cost effective for ministry. 

ANP is part of the Regional Office and is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Education

The Church of the Nazarene has always placed a strong emphasis on education. Primary emphasis in education across the Africa Region is given to the training of pastors and leaders for the work of the church throughout the continent. 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. For a complete list of educational providers, visit the Education section on this site.

Outreach to the Continent

Nazarenes are passionate about making a difference in the world by taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to people everywhere. Today there are missionaries and volunteers serving throughout Africa. The Church of the Nazarene ministers in many vernacular languages and dialects or tribal languages and has produced literature in many of these African languages. This missionary enterprise is made possible by the contributions of the global Nazarene family. Nazarenes also engage in starting new churches and congregations by praying, giving, and supporting worldwide volunteers and contracted missionaries.

Theology

The Church of the Nazarene is the largest denomination in the classical Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The doctrine that distinguishes the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan denominations from most other Christian denominations is that of entire sanctification. Nazarenes believe that God calls Christians to a life of holy living that is marked by an act of God, cleansing the heart from original sin and filling the individual with love for God and humankind. This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God's will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others. Like salvation, entire sanctification is an act of God's grace, not of works. Our pursuant service to God is an act of love whereby we show our appreciation for the grace that has been extended to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Government

The government of the Church of the Nazarene is a combination of episcopacy and congregationalism. Six elected representatives serve on the Board of General Superintendents. This board is charged with the responsibility of administering the worldwide work of the Church of the Nazarene. The Board of General Superintendents also interprets the denomination's book of polity, the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.

The General Assembly serves as the supreme doctrine-formulating, lawmaking, and elective authority of the Church of the Nazarene, subject to the provisions of the church constitution. Comprised of elected representatives from all of the denomination's regular districts globally, the General Assembly meets once every four years.

The General Assembly elects the members of the Board of General Superintendents and considers legislative proposals from the church's 428 districts. Topics under consideration may range from the method of calling a pastor to bioethics.

The General Assembly also elects representatives from around the world to the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. The General Board carries out the corporate business of the denomination.

General Board members elected for Africa Region serve on the Regional Advisory Council which meets each year to discuss and action items specific to ministry of the Africa Region. The Regional Director for Africa, Field Strategy Coordinators (6), Regional Education Coordinator, and one other representative appointed by the Regional Director serve on this governing committee.

Compassionate Evangelism

Nazarenes are a compassionate people who believe in serving others. This is expressed locally through the services of members to their communities. Contributions from Nazarenes make possible the administration of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries/Helping Hands Africa(NCM/HHA). Following the example of Jesus, NCM/HHA seeks to educate, clothe, shelter, feed, heal, and ultimately empower those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. Through compassionate ministry centers and volunteer efforts, Nazarenes have been instrumental in assisting people in every part of sub-Saharan Africa who have been affected by war, famine, hurricane, flood, and other natural and man-made disasters.

The worldwide network of Nazarene churches makes it possible for the denomination to serve as a conduit of assistance to hurting nations. Nazarenes provide money for food, medical supplies, clothing, and other items to persons in a number of countries where there are pressing needs. In addition, the denomination’s missionary infrastructure is often used by World Relief and similar agencies when they need assistance in getting supplies to people in remote or troubled areas.

Nazarenes also offer their time and services on volunteer Work & Witness and Youth in Mission teams to build churches, schools, and clinics and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The Church of the Nazarene reaches out to persons around the globe through the power of technology. Through the Internet, radio broadcasts in 33 languages, and video and printed materials in 95 languages, we share the message of hope in Jesus Christ and educate constituents and interested parties about people, programs, news, and events of interest in the life of the church.