The Role of the Pastor and Local Church in the Ministerial Development Process

The District Board of Ministry wants to emphasize/renew the thought that the local church and local pastor are significant keys to effective ministerial development on the district. Rather than largely a district responsibility, it is mainly a local church responsibility to identify, evaluate, encourage, hold accountable, support, challenge, develop, test and approve those called into ministry in the Church of the Nazarene.  The Board of Ministry counts on the churches/pastors taking that responsibility seriously.  With that in mind, the Board urges local pastors and church boards to be active in the process for developing ministers and careful in their recommendations.

It is also for this reason that the Board of Ministry has implemented a requirement that every Local Minister and District Minister be in a covenant relationship with a Local Advisor who is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.  This is likely to be their lead/senior pastor, but may also be an ordained staff member or retired minister.  A licensed minister should seek to enter this covenant relationship with their Advisor and ask her or him to complete an annual Local Advisor’s Report.

The Board deeply appreciates and counts on the involvement of the District’s pastors and churches in this process.  Below you will find helpful explanatory documents, covenants and reports.