Editor’s note: Olivia Meyer, 23 of Eugene, Oregon,
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“My heartbeat is the worldwide mission of the Church,” writes Greg Nash, the Children’s Pastor at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee, USA. “I am always trying to find ways to help my children love it just as much as I do!”
Greg Nash has been Gallatin Church of the Nazarene Children's Pastor since the summer of 2007. An ordained elder, Greg is responsible for the Christian education of children in the church from birth through sixth grade.
300 attend Africa Regional Leadership Conference in Nairobi
Three hundred Nazarene leaders from across the seven fields of Africa came together to hear from Nazarene leadership and from their Lord at the recent Africa Regional Leadership Conference held at Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in Nairobi, Kenya, from April 19-24. Read more.
Part one of a three-part series based on the ideas presented by J. Matthew Price, Ph.D. in “A Theological Framework for Cross-cultural Teaching: Investigate, Inculturate, Incarnate” presented at the Wesleyan Theological Society in Anderson, IN on March 6, 2009.
True or false: If you can teach a Bible class in Freetown, MA, you can effectively teach the same material in Freetown, Sierra Leone. If you can fruitfully teach holiness in Paris, France, you will be equally successful in Paris, TX.
"Missions is nothing more than a budget to pay."
Ever hear someone say this to you? Perhaps you have thought this yourself; missions is about money. Missions, at least in the Church of the Nazarene, is about a budget to pay and, therefore, a burden to bear for many.
Ever think that? Many have, I am sure.
It started with an e-mail.
“I am having some uncertain thoughts concerning [short-term mission trips] My mind goes back and forth as to the benefits of this type of lay missionary service.”
As I reflected upon the words typed on the screen my mind starting to re-consider other comments and concerns I have heard over the years regarding missions:
“Missions, especially short-term missions, is nothing more than a vacation with a purpose.”
“Missions is nothing more than a budget to pay.”
Three men leaned close together in a crowded bus on its way from Burundi’s capital city to Rwanda. As it bounced along a rutted road, its three passengers ignored the heat, the other passenger voices, and the jostling, examining a sheet of paper printed with an array of seemingly jumbled illustrations.
Talking and pointing at the drawings, the three men spent the hour-long ride memorizing the theological themes of the Gospel of Mark’s 16 chapters.
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