Paragraph references listed here are from the 2013–2017 Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.
Local Church Annual Meetings
Does civil law procedure take precedence over church directives in local church elections?
May the annual church meeting occur in the same service in which it was announced?
May nominations be made from the floor at local church meetings?
May a person serve on a board of tellers if he or she is not a member of the voting body?
May a pastor of a church vote in local church elections?
Does the voting body of a local church need to vote on the erection of buildings?
Local Church Board
What is the maximum membership for the church board?
What is the minimum membership for the church board?
May a person other than the pastor be named as chairperson of the local church board?
May an unassigned minister serve on the local church board?
May an unpaid associate pastor serve on a local church board?
May a minister who has filed his or her credential with the General Secretary serve on a local church board?
May a retired minister serve on the local church board?
May the pastor be elected as the Nazarene Youth International (NYI) president?
May an unassigned minister be elected as a local NMI president, NYI president, or SDMI superintendent?
May the NYI president, the Nazarene Missions International (NMI) president, or the Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) superintendent be elected as a trustee or steward of the church board?
Must the church board secretary and the church board treasurer be members of the local Church of the Nazarene which elects them to either position?
May the local church board fill a vacancy on the church board?
Are church board meetings closed or may non-church board members attend these meetings? Or, what is the difference between a public session and an executive session?
What is the process for addressing a possible removal of a church board member before the individual’s term has expired?
Is there a limit to the number of church members who may be removed by a local church board in a single year?
Local Church Staff
May a pastor dismiss an assistant in the local church?
Which church staff must resign when a senior or lead pastor resigns?
Must a church office secretary or custodian resign when a senior or lead pastor resigns?
May the district superintendent appoint a supply or interim pastor?
Does the hiring of secretarial or custodial staff in the local church need to be approved by the district superintendent?
Does the hiring of an unpaid staff member (associate pastor) need to be approved by the district superintendent?
When must a District Advisory Board approve a pastoral nominee for a local church?
What is the process if a local church elects a pastor but the individual declines the initial call and then later wishes to reconsider the call?
May a special church/pastoral review be called for in the first two years of pastoral service?
What is the definition of the phrase “within 60 days of the second anniversary of pastoral service?”
May nominations be made from the floor at a district assembly?
May an unassigned minister be elected as a local church delegate to the district assembly?
May a minister whose credential is in a filed, removed, or surrendered status be elected as a local church delegate to the district assembly?
May a church-type mission which has taken in church members have delegate representation at a district assembly?
Must a retired minister report annually to the district assembly?
When a local or district leadership position is vacated, how long does the person who is appointed or elected to fill the position serve in the assignment?
May a district sell property of an inactive church before it is disorganized?
Does full-time, active service while holding a local minister’s license count toward ordination?
Is there an age limit for a person to be ordained?
Who is responsible for setting up a process to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct of people in leadership roles in the local church?
If an individual has been charged with an incident of sexual misconduct with a child, then may this person hold any kind of position of leadership, trust, or ministry in the local church?
May the name of a church member who has been declared inactive by action of the local church board be dropped immediately from the church membership roll?
May a minister who has placed his or her credential in a filed status with the General Secretary officiate at weddings?