Experiencing real hope through Christ
Church-Led. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries exists in and through the church. NCM partners with local congregations, supporting them in their efforts to serve others, create change in their communities, and point people toward the love of God through Christ. Because local churches are engaged in their communities, they understand the needs of their neighbors, and because local churches are not leaving after a specific program or project is started, the work they do through the support of NCM becomes sustainable.
Holistic. Poverty is complex. It includes the lack of material or financial resources, but it’s far more than that. To get at the root causes of poverty, we have to address the spiritual, relational, and systemic aspects that keep people trapped in poverty. A holistic approach to community development works toward physical, relational, and spiritual wholeness for individuals and communities.
Child-Focused. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries recognizes the importance of children as individuals who have value and dignity because they are each created in God’s image. NCM works to enable children to become the people God created them to be. In order to accomplish this, we address children’s specific needs, such as stability, education, food, and clean water. Because we recognize that the children are part of a larger context, we also address their overall situations, including the condition of their families and communities.
Community-Based. As people who are made in God’s image, community members have dignity, value, and capacity to create change themselves. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries equips churches to work alongside community members to develop their own communities and address their own situations and challenges.
Transformational. The goal of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries’ work goes beyond community development projects and humanitarian assistance. Our goal is to see individual and communal transformation in and through Christ. Our faith is the heart of who we are, what we do, and how we work. We affirm the work of God as the cornerstone of transformation.
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