To approve Compassionate Ministry Centers (CMCs) annually according to regionally established guidelines. Only Compassionate Ministry Centers that are approved by a district will qualify as “approved mission specials” for contribution purposes in keeping with paragraph 153.1.
To approve or disapprove a request from a local church board to nominate an ordained elder or a licensed minister (elder track) to be called as pastor when that person is also a member of that local church or serving as a paid or unpaid associate of that local church. This decision will be made in consultation with the district superintendent. (115, 129.2, 159.8, 211.10)
To approve or disapprove a request from a member of the clergy to regularly conduct independent church activities that are not under the direction of the Church of the Nazarene, or carry on independent missions or unauthorized church activities, or be connected with the operating staff of an independent church or other religious group or denomination. Approval of any such request shall be required annually. (528, 538.13)
To certify the withdrawal or attempted withdrawal of any local church from the Church of the Nazarene for the purpose of implementing the transfer of title to real property as provided for in paragraph 106.2.