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Dr. John Nells, Native American Ministries Facilitator

Dr. John Nells, Native American Ministries Director is accountable to the Multicultural ministries USA/Canada regional office and his primary function is to implement the agreed-upon policies and strategies for evangelism and strengthening of existing structures on the various districts of the Church of the Nazarene.

This is accomplished through:

  1. Arranged meetings with district superintendents and district leaders to help formulate and implement church planting strategies.
  2. Upon the approval of the district superintendent, visit to churches and pastors who express a desire to sponsor culture specific congregations.
  3. Upon the approval of the district superintendent, visit to culture-specific congregations that express the need for consultation in leadership development.
  4. Recommend potential pastors for new and existing congregations.
  5. Assist district superintendents, when requested, in the development of strategies for new initiative among specific people groups.  Please feel free to contact Dr. John Nells regarding Native American Ministries.   BIO


Native American Ministries Strategic Readiness Team 

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Each Facilitator works with a Strategic Readiness Team. Strategic Readiness Teams meet annually to pray, plan and strategize for their perspective ethnic group in the USA/Canada.  The Naitve American Ministries Strategic Readiness Team is comprised of African pastors that have been approved by the Native American Facilitator and the Multicultural Ministries Director.    For contact information visit this webpage. 

Native American Ministries Unique Mission

Native American Ministries: “exists to support districts, pastors, local churches, and leaders in the task of making Christlike disciples among Native American groups in the U.S. and Canada.” It also endeavors to:

  • Encourage the development of strategy, initiative, and resources to reach the USA/Canada mission field through the visionary leadership of a Native American Mission Director and Strategy Committee
  • Facilitate the creation of resources for pastors, local congregations, and for ministerial preparation through the strategy committee;
  • Utilize as strategy committee members, church leaders who are committed to establishing the Kingdom of God in the hearts of Native American people in their communities 

Native American Ministries Plan of Action 

  • Develop prayer initiatives
  • Start 7 new Native churches by 2020
  • Start a Native ministry in Canada
  • Target Cities to establish Native churches - Lawrence, KS; Rapid City, SD; Phoenix, AZ; Rio Rancho, NM; Anchorage, AK; Great Falls, MT; Albuquerque,NM; Winnipeg, MB 
  • Provide training and discipleship - promote DCPI training
  • Provide a National Native American Conference (NNAC)
  • National Native American DCPI training - Spring 2015
  • Establish relationships with districts where Native work is present
  • Establish Native American mission endeavors
  • Promote Native American Ministries USA/Canada


Native American Ministries Resources 

Southwest Native American District Church of the Nazarene
To order at Gospel Tracts in English or additional languages contact tracts@gospeltracts.us.
Wesleyan Holiness Library
Multicutural Ministries - USA/Canada Region's 5 Strategic Priorities
Southwest Native American Churches
"Native American Strategy for Evangelizing Native Americans"
Introduction to Lifelong Learning Registry in English 
Cultural Group Reports 2007 - 2017

Church of the Nazarene

USA/Canada Region

17001 Prairie Star Parkway

Lenexa, KS 66220

Phone: 913.577.2830

Toll-free: 800.306.9948

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