The Articles of Incorporation of each local church shall include the following provisions:

  1. The corporate name shall include the words “Church of the Nazarene.”
  2. The bylaws of the corporation shall be the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
  3. The Articles of Incorporation shall not contain any provision that might prevent the local church from qualifying for any tax exemption available to churches in the same area.
  4. Upon dissolution, the assets of the corporation shall be distributed to the District Advisory Board.

The Articles of Incorporation may contain additional provisions when appropriate under local law. No provision, however, shall be included that can cause the property of the local church to be diverted from the Church of the Nazarene. (101–101.1, 104.3, 106.1–106.3)