General Assembly

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 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.