A member of the clergy must have the annual written approval of the District Advisory Board in order to do the following:

  • regularly conduct independent church activities 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, Christian ministry, or denomination.

Should a member of the clergy fail to comply with these requirements, he or she may, on recommendation by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry, and by action of the district assembly, be expelled from the membership and ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. The final determination as to whether any specific activity constitutes “an independent mission” or “an unauthorized church activity” shall rest with the Board of General Superintendents. (112–112.1, 532.9)