The Beginnings of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries

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INTRODUCTION

The Church of the Nazarene will be celebrating its Centennial anniversary in 2008. As a denomination it has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Phineas F. Bresee is considered the founder of the Church of the Nazarene, so in the following pages the historical influences that shaped his decision-making process will be shared to give a broader perspective of how Nazarene Compassionate Ministries was birthed. Some of the specific reasons will be shared of why Bresee left the Methodist Episcopal Church to accept a position at the Peniel Mission. From the Peniel Mission, he went on to plant a church within the inner-city with a heartfelt passion to reach the poor. And lastly there will be some historical information shared on the development of compassionate ministries within the Church of the Nazarene. The early successes in the area of compassionate ministry centers, rescue missions, orphanages, and medical centers paved the way for future growth of ministries that would socially reform and spiritually reclaim the poor. Phineas F. Bresee would be proud to come back today to view the progress that has been made since he first revealed his dream of reaching the poor with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.[/one_half]