538

The following definitions are of terms relating to general regulations for ministers of the Church of the Nazarene:

Members of the Clergy—Elders, deacons and licensed ministers. (530, 531, 532)

Laity—Members of the Church of the Nazarene who are not members of the clergy.

Active—A member of the clergy fulfilling an assigned role.

Assigned—The status of a member of the clergy who is active in one of the roles listed in paragraphs 505–528.

Unassigned—The status of a member of the clergy who is in good standing but not presently active in one of the roles listed in paragraphs 505–528.

Retired Assigned—The status of a retired member of the clergy who was assigned at the time retirement was requested.

Retired Unassigned—The status of a retired member of the clergy who was not assigned at the time retirement was requested.

Roster of Ministers—A district’s roll of ministers, licensed and ordained, who are in good standing as members of the clergy and who have not filed their credential.

Good Standing—The status of a member of the clergy who has no unresolved accusations pending and who is not currently under discipline.

Removed—The action taken by a district assembly to exclude from the Roster of Ministers the names of those members of the clergy who have filed, resigned, or surrendered their credential or have had their credential suspended or revoked.
Disciplined—The status of a member of the clergy who has been relieved, in whole or in part, of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy by disciplinary action.

Suspension—A range of disciplinary actions, excluding surrender of credential, by which a minister is temporarily relieved of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy until the conditions for reinstatement are met.

Expelled—The status of a member of the clergy whose credential has been revoked and who has been removed from membership in the Church of the Nazarene.

Filed Credential—The status of the credential of a member of the clergy in good standing who, because of inactivity in the ministry, has given up the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy by filing his or her credential with the general secretary. A person who has filed his or her credential remains a member of the clergy and may have the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy reinstated in accordance with paragraph 539.10. (539, 539.1)

Surrendered Credential—The status of the credential of a member of the clergy who, because of misconduct, accusations, confessions, result of action by a board of discipline, or voluntary action for any reason other than inactivity in the ministry has been relieved of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy. The person whose credential is surrendered is a member of the clergy under discipline. The rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy may be reinstated to this individual upon restoration to good standing and return of credential.

Resigned Credential—The status of the credential of a member of the clergy who gives up the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy to become a lay member of the church. A member of the clergy who is not in good standing may resign his or her credential only upon approval of the District Advisory Board. (539.1, 539.5)

Revoked Credential—The status of the credential of a member of the clergy who has been expelled from the ministry and membership of the Church of the Nazarene. The name of the minister whose credential has been revoked shall be removed from the Roster of Ministers.

Return of Credential—The action accompanying the reinstatement of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy to a minister whose credential has been filed, suspended, surrendered, resigned, or revoked.

Recovery—The process of assisting a minister relieved, voluntarily or otherwise, of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy, and his or her spouse and family in the recovery of health and wholeness. Efforts toward recovery are to be undertaken independently of the process to determine whether a return of credential to the minister is appropriate and advisable.

Reinstatement—The granting of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy to a minister whose credential was filed, suspended, surrendered, resigned, or revoked, on condition of restoration to good standing and all required approvals.

Accusation—A written document signed by at least two members of the Church of the Nazarene accusing a member of the Church of the Nazarene of conduct which if proven would cause the member to be subject to discipline under the terms of the Manual.

Knowledge—The awareness of facts learned by the exercise of one’s own senses.

Information—Facts learned from others.

Belief—A conclusion reached in good faith based upon knowledge and information.

Investigating Committee—A committee appointed in accordance with the Manual to gather information with regard to alleged or suspected misconduct.

Charges—A written document describing specifically the conduct of a member of the Church of the Nazarene which if proven would be the basis of discipline under the terms of the Manual.

538.3

Any claim to participation by a member of the clergy, and/or his or her dependents in any plan or fund that the church may have now or hereafter for the assistance or support of its disabled or aged ministers shall be based only upon regular, active service rendered by the minister as an assigned pastor or evangelist or other recognized role, under the sanction of the district assembly. This rule shall exclude from such participation all those in part-time and occasional service.

538.5

The candidate elected to the order of elder or order of deacon shall be ordained by the laying on of the hands of the general superintendent and ordained ministers with appropriate religious exercises, under the direction of the presiding general superintendent. (307.4)

538.7

In case the ordination certificate of an elder or deacon has been misplaced, mutilated, or destroyed, a duplicate certificate may be issued upon the recommendation of the District Advisory Board. Such recommendation shall be made directly to the general superintendent in jurisdiction, and upon the authority of that approval, the general secretary shall issue a duplicate certificate. On the back of the certificate, the original number should be identified along with the word DUPLICATE. If the general superintendent, district superintendent, or the district secretary signing the original certificate is not available, the general superintendent having jurisdiction, district superintendent, and district secretary of the district requesting the duplicate certificate shall sign the certificate. On the reverse side thereof shall be the following statement inscribed in writing or printing, or both writing and printing, and signed by the general superintendent having jurisdiction, district superintendent, and district secretary.

This certificate is given to replace the original certificate of ordination given to (name) on the day of (month), (year), A.D. by the (ordaining organization), at which date (he or she) was ordained and (his or her) original ordination certificate signed by (General Superintendent), (District Superintendent), and (District Secretary).

The original certificate was (misplaced, mutilated, destroyed).
________________________, General Superintendent
________________________, District Superintendent
________________________, District Secretary

538.8

All members of the clergy (assigned and unassigned) shall be active members in a local Church of the Nazarene where they will be faithful in attendance, in tithe, and in participation in the ministries of the church. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted only by approval of the District Advisory Board. Any member of the clergy who does not hold membership in a local Church of the Nazarene on the district where his or her credential is held and who has not been granted an exception is subject to discipline by action of the District Advisory Board. (522, 538.10)

538.9

All elders and deacons shall hold their ministerial membership in the district assembly of the district wherein their church membership is held, to which body they shall report annually. Any elder or deacon who for two consecutive years does not report to his or her district assembly either in person or by letter shall, if the district assembly so elect, cease to be a member thereof. (201, 205.3, 521, 536.1)