The International Board of Education shall be the general church advocate for educational institutions in the Church of the Nazarene.

This board shall be composed of twelve members: eight elected by the General Board, plus these members ex-officio: two education representatives on the General Board, Global Mission office director, Global Clergy Development director, and education commissioner. A Nominating Committee composed of the education commissioner, Global Mission office director, two education representatives on the General Board, and general superintendents in jurisdiction for the International Board of Education and Global Mission office shall present eight nominees approved by the Board of General Superintendents to the General Board for election.

In an effort to insure broad representation throughout the church, the Nominating Committee shall submit nominees as follows: one regional education coordinator; three laypersons; two assigned ordained ministers from Global Mission regions where no person who is an education coordinator has been nominated; two “at large” nominees. No Global Mission region shall have more than one elected member on the IBOE until each region has a representative.

Throughout the nominating and election process, attention shall be given to the election of persons with cross-cultural perspective and/or experience as educators.
The functions of the International Board of Education are to:


Insure that institutions are under legal control of their respective governing boards whose constitutions and bylaws shall conform to their respective charters or articles of incorporation and that shall be in harmony with the guidelines set by the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.


Insure that members of governing boards of Nazarene institutions shall be members of the Church of the Nazarene in good standing. They are to be in full accord with the Articles of Faith, including the doctrine of entire sanctification and the usages of the Church of the Nazarene as set forth in the Manual of the church. Insofar as possible, the membership of the higher education boards of control shall have an equal number of ministers and laity.


Receive such funds as may be contributed for educational purposes through gifts, bequests, and donations, and shall annually recommend allocations from these funds to each educational institution in accordance with policy adopted by the General Board. Institutions shall not continue to receive regular support unless their education standards, plan of organization, and financial reports are filed with the International Board of Education.


Receive and deal appropriately with a yearly report from the education commissioner summarizing the following information from all International Board of Education institutions: (1) annual statistical report, (2) annual audit report, and (3) annual fiscal budgets for the upcoming year.


Recommend and provide support and advocacy, although its role is advisory to the institutions, to the Board of General Superintendents and to the General Board.


Serve the church in matters pertaining to Nazarene educational institutions in order to strengthen the bonds between the institutions and the church at large.


Submit its business and recommendations to the appropriate committee of the General Board.


All institutional constitutions and bylaws must include an article on dissolution and disposal of assets indicating that the Church of the Nazarene shall receive such assets to be used for educational services for the church.