What We Believe

At Shawnee Church of the Nazarene we like to say this is a place where everyone is loved and belongs.  We are intentionally intergenerational as our community spans every generation!  As we gather in worship we make space for all generations in the songs that we sing, the ways that we preach, and the ways we care for others.  We truly believe that we are called to share the Love of Christ and be a place where everyone is loved and belongs.  

Our identity is found as beloved children of God and we desire to help other begin to move toward an understanding of this identity as well.  We believe people are invited to respond to relationship with God because of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  We believe that as a part of responding to the grace of God in our lives we are called to then share the love of God with others.  

Matthew 28:19 says,

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus shows us in his life what it means to welcome everyone into the kingdom of God. Jesus welcomed religious people and outsiders, rich and poor, the sick and the forgotten, society’s outcasts— We strive to follow the example of Jesus and to welcome everyone into the kingdom of God.

“Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic — be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord!  Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer.

Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home. Bless people who harass you — bless and don’t curse them. Be happy with those who are happy, and cry with those who are crying.  

Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else. Instead, associate with people who have no status. Don’t think that you’re so smart.  

Don’t pay back anyone for their evil actions with evil actions, but show respect for what everyone else believes is good. If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people.”


Romans 12:10-19

Our Nazarene Beliefs

Shawnee Nazarene is a part of the Church of the Nazarene, a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the Church is now home to more than 2.5 million members worshiping in over 30,000 local congregations in 160 world areas.

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We are a Christian People

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.

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We are a holiness people

God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to set us free from a life dominated by sin, renew us in the image of God, empower us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and produce in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.

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we are a missional people

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 (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.

Church of the Nazarene

Shawnee Nazarene is a part of the Church of the Nazarene, a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the Church is now home to more than 2.5 million members worshiping in over 30,000 local congregations in 160 world areas.