Frequently Asked Questions
In this section of the site we answer some of your most frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer here, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Q1 - Where is the General Assembly & Conventions being held?
The 2017 (29th) General Assembly & Conventions is being held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 46225.
Q2 - When are the meetings being held?
The event will begin on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and ends on Friday, June 30, 2017. The General Conventions for Nazarene Missions International (NMI), Nazarene Youth International (NYI), Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI), and Global Nazarene Education Consortium (GNEC) will take place June 21-23. General Assembly begins Saturday, June 24, and concludes the evening of Thursday, June 29. The organizational meeting of the newly elected General Board will be held on June 30.
Q3 - What exactly is General Assembly?
The General Assembly and Conventions convenes every four years, bringing together over 20,000 Nazarenes from around the world. Various components of this quadrennial gathering include legislative sessions (election of general church leadership and ratification of resolutions), worship services, exhibits, workshops, service projects, and fellowship. 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 theme of the 2017 quadrennial event, selected by the Board of General Superintendents, is “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope.” It comes from Ephesians 4:4-6: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” “Underlying all of those ‘ones,’ one Lord is what holds it all together,” General Superintendent Dr. David Busic said. “There is no ‘one body’ without one Lord and there is no ‘one spirit’ without one Lord. One Lord defines the unifying core of who we are as Nazarenes.”
Unlike the themes of past assemblies, “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope” will not continue after General Assembly as a quadrennial theme. “We didn’t want anything to conflict with the ongoing mission of the church, To Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations,” Busic said.
Delegates and visitors will also interact through multiple equipping workshops and will enjoy perusing the 100,000+ sq. ft. Exhibit Hall. Event participants will gather nightly for times of corporate worship, music, and inspiration.
The General Assembly is the “supreme doctrine-formulating, lawmaking, and elective authority of the Church of the Nazarene” (Manual 131). Delegates, evenly distributed between clergy and lay persons, will elect denominational leaders for the next four years. Additionally, they will enact strategic legislation designed to facilitate the denomination’s engagement of global need through compassionate ministries, education, and congregational development.
Nazarenes continue to believe their presence in a city must be realized in more ways than booked hotel rooms and the economic impact to city restaurants and vendors. The event this year is again preceded by a community-wide expression of the Nazarenes’ appreciation and interest in serving the city. One Heart, Many Hands will involve Nazarenes in community service. The week-long effort will work to benefit disadvantaged groups and communities within the city. Coordinated efforts linked in tandem with other city resources are designed to leave their mark on the city.
Q4 - When are the general services?
Corporate worship services will be held Thursday through Sunday. Please refer to the chart below for details.
Thursday, June 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Gustavo A. Crocker
Friday, June 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m., David W. Graves
Saturday, June 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Jerry D. Porter
Sunday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., J. K. Warrick
Sunday, June 25, 4:00 p.m., Eugénio R. Duarte
Monday, June 26, Quadrennial Address, David A. Busic
Q5 - I’m not a delegate, but plan on attending as a visitor. Do I need to register?
Yes. The General Assembly & Conventions is open to everyone but in the interest of safety and security, admission is limited to registered participants wearing an official name badge. Visitor registration will open in October.
Q6 - I plan on bringing my child with me to General Assembly. Do I need to register my child?
Yes. Registration for all attendees is necessary. Name badges are necessary to create a safe environment for you and your children. Registration will open in October.
Q7 - Is transportation provided between the convention center and my hotel?
The hotels blocked for delegates and visitors are within walking distance of the convention center. Most hotels have a skywalk, making it even easier for you to reach the convention center.
Q8 - What if I'm interested in speaking/presenting/performing at General Assembly?
Those interested in this area of General Assembly 2017 may send press kits and references to the General Secretary’s Office, Attn: Program Committee, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66220. A representative from the Program or Music Committee will contact you if interest exists. Please note: submission does not guarantee acceptance.
Q9 - How can I be an exhibitor?
All interested exhibitors will be asked to complete a Commercial Exhibitor Application to be considered for participation in the General Assembly & Convention exhibit hall. Invitations to apply for an exhibitor booth will be released in the near future. To be added to the list of potential exhibitors, please send an email with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q10 - Who can I contact if I have other questions or need help registering?
The staff of the Arrangements Office is ready to assist and to answer your questions:
Arrangements Office: 913-577-0618