SUBSTANTIALIST AND RELATIONAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION AMONG CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE CLERGY

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The purpose of this study was to determine the understandings of entire sanctification among the clergy of the Church of the Nazarene, the extent to which the entire sanctification affected their practice of ministry, and what intervening variables might account for difference in theologies of entire sanctification among the clergy. In order to accomplish these goals, a Holiness/Relational Index was created to measure the understandings of entire sanctification and to establish a baseline from which correlations between theologies and the practice of ministry could be measured.

The study found Nazarene pastors in general have a conjunctive understanding of entire sanctification, represented by a bell-curve shaped Holiness/Relational Index distribution. The study also determined that a correlation exists between a pastor’s score on the Holiness/Relational Index and the extent to which he/she reported entire sanctification affected his/her practice of ministry. While pastors of all theological understandings reported entire sanctification affects their ministry, pastors who favor a Wesleyan/Holiness understanding of entire sanctification reported a higher impact. Church size and age were determined to be intervening variables.

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