History of Nac Naz
Nacogdoches First Church of the Nazarene (Nac Naz) began as a dream in the hearts of Nacogdoches folks in the 1920’s. After struggling to find a building to use; they found a place to meet in the old Montgomery Ward store downtown. The people were forced to move their meetings time and time again. Finally, the first Church building was built in 1940 and was opened to the community with a bus ministry by putting side frames on a truck so people could be picked up for Church.
NacNaz Kids children' wing renovation
Today we celebrate the complete renovation of the children's wing at Nacogdoches First Church of the Nazarene. This video shows us the history of our church from it foundations and carries us to the present. We are so blessed by all who have contributed their time, finances, and prayer to complete this renovation.#SouthTexasNaz #Nazarene #calleduntoholinessPosted by Nacogdoches First Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, May 21, 2017
God has blessed us with our main building that houses our Sanctuary, Fellowship Center, Sunday School Rooms, Children’s Church and Church Administrative Offices. Nacogdoches Christian Academy is located on our campus and what a ministry God has blessed us with in our school! We have another large gymnasium in a separate building that we also use for large fellowships. Newly renovated, we have an amazing Teen Center for our teens to come and fellowship while building the foundations of their faith! Our teen center offers pool, karaoke, Foosball, ping pong, and jammed packed with fun and fellowship!
God has called our congregation to His service and much sacrifice and service has been accomplished since our beginnings in the 1920’s. From our Montgomery Ward store beginnings to our current campus, God has laid the foundations for our Church. It is our prayer that God will continue to use Nac Naz to reach our community and further His kingdom. We are looking forward to the future, praising God for how far we’ve come, where we are today, and where He is taking us in the future.
About the Nazarenes
The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the Church is now home to more than 2 million members worshiping in over 26,000 local congregations in 159 world areas.
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.
- Nazarenes are passionate about making a difference in the world by taking the good news of Jesus Christ to people everywhere. Today there are 702 missionaries and volunteers serving around the world. Each week, Nazarenes worship in more than 212 languages or tribal languages, with literature produced in 90 of these. The church operates 33 medical clinics and hospitals worldwide. 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.
- 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.
- 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 of the church 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 439 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.
- Nazarenes are a compassionate people. We 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 (NCM). Following the example of Jesus, NCM seeks to educate, clothe, shelter, feed, heal, and ultimately empower those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. Through 183 Compassionate Ministry Centers, 101 Child Development Centers, about 100 projects, and many volunteer efforts, Nazarenes are instrumental in assisting people in every part of the globe who have been affected by war, famine, hurricane, flood, and other natural and manmade 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 and Witness 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. Each week last year, World Mission Broadcast aired 140 radio broadcasts in 72 countries and 36 languages.