Portland Church of the Nazarene has been a part of the fabric of Portland, Michigan for eighty-five years. We exist to serve the spiritual needs of families in our community.
Central to that existence and vital to our growth is a deep desire to equip children to make value-based decisions as teens and become successful contributing family members and citizens as adults. Statistics show that children who grasp religious fundamentals and translate those beliefs into personal practice have a much greater success rate for enjoying strong, healthy teen and adult years. What a wonderful investment in marriage, family and community!
Portland Church of the Nazarene believes God has given us the mission of helping children succeed in life. Thus our theme: “Kidz First.” Every decision we make revolves around whether that decision stays true to our mission. Our new Family Life Center is reflective of that mission with an indoor playground of 2,400 square feet, a full sized gymnasium and a 1,200 square foot youth center surrounded by numerous learning and activity rooms. Our facility not only impacts those who attend our church but the extended community.
To challenge the hearts and minds of individuals to fully engage in Christian living by using the resources only the Word of God provides through learning and growing in a positive, supportive environment.
To offer every age the opportunity to learn, believe, grow and pursue the dreams God has for them.
We want you to know how important you and your family are to us. A mixture of opportunities are available for numerous electives providing fundamental building blocks for putting kids first. Worship, education, transportation and food programs are among many ministries that show how serious we are about meeting the needs of families. We’re putting our focus, our time and our money where it counts.
To reach the largest number of people for Christ, bringing them into the fellowship of Portland Nazarene, teaching the Word of God effectively, and promoting salvation; teaching the doctrines of the Christian faith and promoting Christ-like character, attitudes, and habits; helping to establish Christian homes; preparing believers for membership in the church and equipping them for appropriate Christian ministries.
Nazarenes whose lives bear public witness to the grace of God that calls us to a holy life; who are in harmony with the doctrines, policy, and practices of the Church of the Nazarene; and who support our church faithfully. Our staff includes a Director of Children’s Ministries to plan, organize, staff and direct activities for newborns through fifth grade; a Caravan Coordinator who directs a thriving scouts-like children’s training and activities program, numerous teachers and coordinators who oversee classroom learning, our indoor playground, and nursery, a Director of Youth Ministries to lead activities for sixth through twelfth grades, and finally an Executive Director who coordinates church and community ministry programs targeting children, youth and adults.