What we believe

We, the fellowship of the Shepherd Church of the Nazarene believe in one God – The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1; Isaiah 5:16; 6:1-7; 40:18-31; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20).

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by God's inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

(Luke 24:44-47; John 10:35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17).

We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

(Matthew 22:36-40 (with 1 John 3:4); Romans 3:23).

We believe that those who do not repent of their sinfulness and who do not accept Jesus as their personal savior through their own prayers are hopelessly and eternally lost.

(Ezekiel 18:25-26; John 1:12-13; Acts 5:31; Romans 5:6-8).

We believe that salvation through Jesus is for the whole human race; and that whoever repents and believes in Jesus is  made new and freed from the chains of their sins.

(Isaiah 53:5-6; Mark 10:45; Luke 24:46-48; John 1:29; John 3:14-17).

We believe that Christians can be completely sanctified through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Matthew 3:11-12; Romans 6:11-13).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is aware of our trust in Jesus' salvation, and also aware of our entire sanctification and that it is the Holy Spirit that guides and shapes us through our conscience, our prayers, our conversations and our circumstances.

(Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Luke 3:16--17; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 5:8-9).

We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

(Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Revelation 1:7-8; 22:7-20)

who are the nazarenes?

ShepNaz is proud to be a part of the world wide Church of the Nazarene based in Kansas City.

Shepherd is on the South Central Ohio District on the Nazarene map.

The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. 

Organized in 1908, the denomination is now home to about 2.3 million members worshiping in more than 29,000 local congregations in 159 world areas.


What about us girls?

"Those original Nazarene guys were ahead of their time by ordaining women from the get-go. Breaking with their mainline Methodist heritage, in their very first meeting they stated: 'We recognize the equal rights of both men and women to all offices of the church including ministry.' The founder, Phineas F. Bresee, was fond of saying, "Some of our best men are women."

-Carmen Renee Berry

Nazarene Jargon and lingo

At ShepNaz we gladly and happily welcome people from every faith background, but many of us have been raised in Nazarene churches far and wide.... tiny, rural Nazarene churches, big metropolitan Nazarene churches, struggling penny-pinched Nazarene churches and Nazarene churches on mission fields half way around the world.

We don't want you to feel left out!  Like any big family we may sometimes tell family stories without being aware that newer folks in our ranks don't know all the language that comes with this long-standing, close-knit association of tradition and experience. Please excuse us if this ever happens.

Hang around our church family  long enough and you may hear the following words flung around. Hopefully these short descriptions will help you sort it out.

The Manual - a book that is republished every few years with the standards of our church beliefs written out kind of like a rule book.  The Bible always trumps "The Manual"  but most church leaders will refer to "The Manual" on confusing topics.  It's a century long, collaborative effort of some of the wisest and kindest people in the faith and it's always a good thing to take their views into consideration. They have weight. But if you disagree with it in parts no one will be too tough on you.

Camp meeting - Every summer in every US state and every Nazarene infused county, people from every walk of life . . . professionals, farmers, students and retired folks . . . gather in a rural camp ground for music, food and preaching.  The long-haired teenagers camp out, the children run wild, and the crowd sings really loud and scratches mosquito bites.  It's a great retro time where many of us, in our youth, heard a message that changed our lives.

General Assembly - Every four years there is a huge Nazarene convention somewhere in the US. Sometimes Miami, sometimes Kansas City, sometimes San Diego, sometimes elsewhere. Representatives from Nazarene districts everywhere around the world gather to hash over hot topics, review the manual, elect leaders, listen to speakers and celebrate the success of global missions.   The doors are open to the public.  Put it on your Bucket List. It's got interesting parts.

Bible Quizzing - This is a big deal, especially in the churches without abundant resources and distractions.  Every year the kids study one book of the Bible and they compete against other church kids in neighboring cities.  This gets the kiddos memorizing verses (by reference) and bible trivia by the time they learn to read.  It's the reason that many people who grew up in a Nazarene church seems to have large chunks of the Bible buried in their long term memory.  It's done in hopes that this brain training of young minds will sink down into the heart.

Work & Witness - The Nazarene church and our local church regularly schedules trips to villages around the world that need a boost.  A group will agree to travel, paying their own expenses or raising their own funds, and work with a team to provide labor for a week or more... building churches, cleaning up after disasters, or providing medical services.  It's another thing to put on your bucket list.