In recent years, the Church of the Nazarene has seen significant growth in our language congregations. Many of the individuals and families actively engaged in the life of these congregations are immigrants. Immigrants are also one of the most receptive groups of people to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As millions of immigrants arrive in the United States and Canada each year-many with, but many others without, a vibrant Christian faith-they present an enormous missional opportunity for evangelical churches. As we heed Scripture's commands to welcome, love, and seek justice for the "alien in the land," we have the opportunity to share the hope of transformation found in Christ.
The 27th General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene in resolution CA-706 went on record affirming the following:
1. Provide pastoral care and crisis intervention to immigrants and to build bridges with the immigrant community, regardless of their legal status
2. Provide technical and financial assistance to local churches in compassionate ministry with undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.
3. Become more informed and active citizens, using our voices and votes to speak for the voiceless, to defend the poor and the vulnerable, and to advance the common good.
4. Encourage our leaders to show their support for congregations composed of or working with immigrants who may or may not have documents.
1. Whereas, God has demonstrated a profound love for the needy and disenfranchised; and,
2. Whereas, Jesus exemplified proactive consideration for the marginalized in society, i.e., the outsiders; and,
3. Whereas, Christians have a responsibility to ensure fair and equitable treatment of aliens and strangers.