In 2013, Grace & Peace Magazine convened a panel to discuss denominational identity and ways to connect people to Nazarene faith communities. This first of eight segments focuses on identify and why it is important, especially for a denomination.
The discussion was moderated by Bo Cassell, Professor of Sociology at MidAmerica Nazarene University, and included the following participants: Ron Benefiel, Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University (Benefiel previously served as pastor of Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene and as president of Nazarene Theological Seminary); Rusty Brian, former lead pastor of Kansas City Trinity Church of the Nazarene, and recent author of Covering Up Luther; Ken Crowe, a retired sociologist and researcher, who served at MidAmerica Nazarene University and Nazarene Bible College before becoming a researcher in the Research Services office of the Global Ministry Center of the Church; Diane Leclerc, who serves as Professor of Historical Theology at Northwest Nazarene University, and is the author of Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan Holiness Theology; and Eugenio Duarte, who was elected as the 37th General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. He is a native of the Cape Verde Islands and has served as a pastor, district superintendent, field strategy coordinator, and regional director for the Africa Region. 16 minutes, 50 seconds.