Solidarity with the Poor? Positioning the Church of the Nazarene in England in 2003 and 2013

Michael Anthony Hirst

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The Church of the Nazarene is committed to identifying with the poor and socially marginalized. This paper investigates how far the Nazarene priority for the poor intersects with the everyday geographies of its local presence in England. Cross-sectional data on the distribution of churches, clergy, and lay office-holders are evaluated against neighbourhood variations in socio-economic deprivation. The extent to which they are based in deprived areas is considered to reflect opportunities for identifying with people in poverty and exercising a ministry of presence. The findings are broadly consistent with the Church’s self-proclaimed responsibility to the poor. Questions arise about the sustainability of that commitment at the local or community level and the Church’s ability to respond pastorally, and act prophetically and politically on behalf of the poor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-84
Number of pages19
JournalWesley and Methodist Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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  • Ministry of presence
  • Neighbourhood deprivation
  • Option for the poor
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Social action

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