General Assembly & Conventions
A Global Family Reunion
Every four years, more than 20,000 Nazarenes from around the world gather for General Assembly and Conventions. This global family reunion includes times of worship, service, fellowship, training, and making important decisions that will affect future generations of Nazarenes. Activities like exploring the Exhibit Hall, attending workshops, meeting old and new friends at alumni events, and cheering on students in the World Quiz competition are just some of the many things to do at this memorable event!
The General Assembly is the “supreme doctrine-formulating, lawmaking, and elective authority of the Church of the Nazarene” (Manual ¶300).
Elected delegates are evenly distributed between clergy and lay persons. They gather for legislative sessions; business includes the election of general church leadership, ratification of resolutions, and enacting strategic legislation designed to facilitate the denomination’s engagement of global needs through compassionate ministries, education, and congregational development. While voting is restricted to only those officially elected delegates, participation in the events of the General Assembly and Conventions is open to the general public.
The 2017 General Assembly is the 29th in the denomination's history.
The general conventions for the Global Nazarene Education Consortium, Nazarene Missions International, Nazarene Youth International, and Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International are held in the days leading up to the General Assembly.