"The Immigrant Among Us" by Dr. Jerry Porter, General Superintendent Church of the Nazarene International


Why an Immigrant Ministry? 
In recent years, the Church of the Nazarene has seen significant growth in our language congregations.  Many of the individuals and families actively engaged in the life of these congregations are immigrants.  Immigrants are also one of the most receptive groups of people to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  As millions of immigrants arrive in the United States and Canada each year-many with, but many others without, a vibrant Christian faith-they present an enormous missional opportunity for evangelical churches.  As we heed Scripture's commands to welcome, love, and seek justice for the "alien in the land," we have the opportunity to share the hope of transformation found in Christ.  Click here to read more.

How can our church  engage with immigrants?
Every church can participate and welcome immigrants living in their communities. Churches and their affiliated nonprofits have an opportunity to engage on a variety of levels depending on their resources, locations, and established connections in immigrant communities.  Click here to read more.

Do we have Nazarene Board of Immigration and Appeals Approved Sites?
Currently there are several districts who have churches and compassionate ministry centers that are invested in reaching out to the immigrant.  Many are in the process of setting up Immigration Resource Centers by becoming Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited and Recognized and others that have  attained BIA status.  Current Nazarene BIA Sites

How can our Church start an  immigrant legal ministry?
What is Board of Immigrations and Appeals Accredited and Recogized or BIA Mean?
World Relief's BIA Training Video  and  World Relief's "Launching an Immigrant Ministry" PowerPoint

How can I apply for Mentoring and Technical Assistance to start an immigrant legal ministry? 
Mentoring and Technical Assistance Application
Multicultural Ministries also assists, in partnership with World Relief, selected local churches and Compassionate Ministry sites to seek recognition before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in the interest of providing competent, affordable, authorized immigration legal services on a limited basis. Multicultural Ministries has partnered with World Relief to provide mentoring and technical assistance for  Nazarene 501c3's that have met the requirements spelled out in the Mentoring and Technical Assistance Application.  For more information contact

Where can I find a BIA 40 Hour training? Upcoming BIA Law Training and Events or  Board of Immigration Appeals Roster

Who does Multicultural Ministries Partner with?

World Relief Partnership
Multicultural Ministries has partnered with World Relief in providing a vision for immigrant ministries among Nazarenes.  They are so have provided education, legal assistance and mentoring and technical support for 501c3's seeking the Board of Immigrations Accreditation and Recognition.  World Relief pursues true partnership out of the genuine conviction that God desires the gifts, people, skills and varied resources of the whole Church to achieve His mission in the world. World Relief Partnership

The Immigration Alliance Partnership -Multicultural Ministries is also a member of the Immigration Alliance.   The Immigration Alliance is a national, collaborative effort that equips churches to provide critical legal services to under-resourced immigrants. 

Immigrant Ministry Resources

Nazarene Compassionate Ministry

World Relief

The Immigration Alliance

Evangelical Immigration Table

The Church Leaders' Guide to Immigration PDF


Recommended Reading

Christians at the Border

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis



World Relief Webinar recording (in Spanish) Dec 2016: “Como Guiar su Iglesia Después de las Elecciones”

World Relief Webinar slides Dec 2016: “Como Guiar su Iglesia Después de las Elecciones”

World Relief List of all Resources mentioned in the webinar  Dec 2016


District Leadership Resources - Multicultural Ministries provides telephone hotline access to an attorney, as well as training and educational materials on immigration issues for Superintendents, Pastors, and other staff of the Church of the Nazarene. The hotline exists for district staff who which to consult legal advice in order to assist pastors and families with R-1 visa procedures as well as other immigration matters.  If you need more information about this please contact or your District Superintendent

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USA/Canada Region

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Lenexa, KS 66220

Phone: 913.577.2830

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