About Nazarene Educators Worldwide
Nazarene Educators Worldwide is comprised of individuals, schools, and education departments associated with the Church of the Nazarene who recognize the need for a support network to provide fellowship and resources to strengthen their educational ministries.
The Purpose of Nazarene Educators Worldwide
The purpose of Nazarene Educators Worldwide is to promote, resource, and support Nazarene educators worldwide in Christian, public, private, and home schools including college/university education departments.
The Nazarene Educators Worldwide (NEW), formerly Nazarene International Education Association (NIEA), was born out of the concern of Nazarene educators. They recognized the need for a support network to provide fellowship and resources to strengthen their educational ministries. The Association of Nazarene Christian Schools (ANCS) was the first grass roots response to this need.
In 1980, the General Assembly placed responsibility for Christian Schools in Children's Ministries. In a 1982 report to ANCS, Miriam Hall, director of Children's Ministries, proposed a denominationally sponsored organization. ANCS voluntarily disbanded in favor of the new organization. After two years of planning, the Christian School Steering Committee adopted the concept and name of NIEA on April 17, 1984.
In June of 1984, the new NIEA Executive Council proposed a constitution and bylaws. In February of 1985, the General Board approved the documents, paving the way for ratification by NIEA membership.
Membership in the Nazarene Educators Worldwide organization is open to all educators associated with the Church of the Nazarene, whether by actual membership, employment, or regular attendance, and others interested in supporting the purposes of this entity.