Virginia District Church of the Nazarene
A Message from the District Superintendent:
“Jesus Goes First Class”
Harold, a mentor of mine used this phrase, “Jesus goes first class,” with me 30 years ago. Obviously, he made a lasting impression. At first, I was put off by his words. Jesus, it seemed to me, wasn’t about getting recognition or position. Jesus wasn’t about an airline ticket upgrade. Jesus would most likely be found in the economy seats, talking with everyday people.

Harold had nothing of the sort in his mind. He did not mean that kind of first class at all. What he wanted me to hear was how Jesus deserved my very best. He added that all in the church should give their first class best for God. Harold went on to say, “I’m fed up with people who say, ‘This is close enough for Church work.’ As if somehow, because the church is all about grace, ‘close enough’ means that my best isn’t required. Jesus deserves first class effort around here.” Instantly I understood what Harold meant.

Occasionally I catch the scent of second-class efforts. I overheard my parents one day when I was a senior in high school. They were discussing my less than stellar grade card. They weren’t so worried that I didn’t have all A’s as much as they realized I wasn’t really trying. I can still hear my mother’s gentleness as she affirmed to my dad what I already knew, “He is trying to get by on second-class efforts, and it is less than his best.”

In this season of thanksgiving and of gratitude the most fitting way to give thanks in response to the overwhelming goodness of God is to offer to HIM my first-class efforts, my very best, my first fruits of my labor and my total surrender. “Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God.” Romans 12:1 (Contemporary English Version)
Teaching Church West ~ Thursday, November 21
9:00am-12:00pm at ​Harrisonburg First COTN

A peer-to-peer learning experience which helps us be better equipped, empowered, and encouraged.
This month’s focus will be: The Power of Mentorship
Join us as Pastor Bud Reedy leads a conversation about the critically important role of mentorship within ministry, along with presenting a model that can help you engage in intentional mentoring moving forward into the future.


Please note that the Winter Huddles Dates & Places have changed.
Hispanic Ministry Huddles
Desarrollo Pastoral
November 23 - Harrisonburg
District MegaFest (Festival of Life)
November 22-23, 2019
2020 Credential Info
January 6
Credential & Studies Interview Scheduling Begins

February 28
Credential Barrier deadline

March 2
Credential Paperwork Due
NYI Teen Quizzing
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-Nov 10th - Quiz #1
-Jan 26th - Quiz #2
-Feb 23th - snow date
-Mar 23rd - Quiz #3
-May 4th - District Quiz
-June 14-15th, 2019 ENC Regional
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A Gathering for those in mission with the Nazarene
June 1, 2, 3, 2020
Salem Fields Community Church
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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-New Church Dynamics
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