A couple weeks ago before the Post Modern Youth Ministry Conference we brought in some pastors from emerging churches that happen to be a part of our Nazarene tribe. It was a great time together. There will be some great things to come from this group. I don’t want to say too much here… yet. But I truly believe that this is going to be GOOD.
While together one of the things we talked about was our Nazarene church’s founder Phineas Bresee. Here are a few quotes to get you thinking and googling.
“The first miracle after the baptism of the Holy Ghost was wrought upon a beggar. It means that the first service of a Holy Ghost-baptized church is to the poor; that its ministry is to those who are lowest down; that its gifts are for those who need them most. As the Spirit was upon jesus to preach the gospel to the poor, so His Spirit is upon His servants for the same purpose.”
“We want pastors who will go out and find the poor that nobody else cares for.”
“That a people are poor and weak and despised is no shadow to dim their hope. If theyhave God’s gift of the Holy Spirit there is nothing to which He calls but that they may do.”
“Let the Church of the Nazarene be true to its commission; not great and elegant buildings; but to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and wipe away the tears of sorrowing, and gather jewels for His diadem.”
“Our church is a missionary church. It knows no difference between home and foreign fields – in these days all fields are near.”