As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including ‘entire sanctification’ and ‘baptism with the Holy Spirit’-cleansing us from all sin; renewing us in the image of God: empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves; and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission
- begins in worship
- ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion
- encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and
- prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
Passing Our Passion To Every Generation
Our vision is to provide an environment and opportunity for seeking, growing and serving. In seeking initial relationships with God, we hope to increase yearly professions of faith. Professions of faith are defined as those individuals seeking church membership as new believers, including children, youths, and adults.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
In growing in the faith relationship, our vision is to increase participation in core educational curriculum by church members. The educational curriculum is defined as a core curriculum along with specialty courses to be designed for the entire congregation by the educational task force.
Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
Serving within the faith relationship is defined as using spiritual gifts for the…
…work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12-13)
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many… (Matthew 20:28)
Our vision is not limited to those in our community. God’s challenge is to share Christ and make disciples all over the world. Yes, we have accepted a huge challenge to build much-needed ministry space, but this cannot stop our efforts to reach the world. Our vision is great—so is our God!
We believe the Lord has blessed West Chester Nazarene. One reason is our heart for missions. We are committed to passing our passion to every generation.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30, NIV)
This total commitment to God is lived out at West Chester Nazarene where seeking, growing, and serving in Christ is the way of life. An environment and opportunity are provided for seeking an initial relationship with God, for maturing in the faith relationship, and for discovering ministry within the faith relationship.