What is Alabaster?

The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. While we understand the church consists of the people of God and not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots." Alabaster funds help provide land for many Work & Witness projects, and the entire Alabaster Offering goes toward the purchase of land and construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

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How are Alabaster offerings received?

The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box. Individuals are challenged to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need. The boxes also serve as reminders to pray for those people who will benefit from Alabaster buildings.

You can purchase Alabaster boxes here.

In September and February, the money is collected. Many churches receive regular offerings throughout the year that are designated as Alabaster funds. (This is often a part of the Faith Promise plan for missions giving.) However, the semi-annual offerings in September and February are tradition in the Church of the Nazarene.

You can read stories about  Alabaster projects and give to future projects below.

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Donate Now to invest in Alabaster or select one of the projects below for more specific Alabaster project information.

 

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Church in the City of Sousas - Brazil

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  South America
About this project: The Church of the Nazarene Sousas was founded in August 2000 by the district superintendent Rev. Lázaro Aguiar Valvassoura, in Sousas (a district of the Campinas city, in São Paulo state). At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Sousas had its economy based on the coffee farms, and it was catechized by Priests. Therefore, people are predominantly idolaters, with aversion to the gospel, maintaining very strong traditions of pagan festivals, such as the traditional festival for its patron Sa...

DRC - Kisangani District Center

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  Africa
About this project: The Pioneer Area of Kisangani is currently awaiting approval to be granted its own status as a phase one district. The Church of the Nazarene was started in the area surrounding Kisangani by refugees fleeing the war in the east during the mid 1990's. Even though the church was started long ago, its remote location and the subsequent wars fought over the area's rich diamond mines have slowed the growth of the Church of the Nazarene. Peace has recently returned to the region during the past 10 ...

Rep of Congo - Pointe Noire Church

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  Africa
About this project: The Republic of Congo, although enjoying an economy and political situation that is much more secure and stable than neighboring DRC, has not had a large investment from the General Church in personnel, finances, or other resources. Until 2017, the Rep of Congo only had six churches in one city. In one year, they have doubled their number of churches and expanded to three new cities....

Alabaster: Bicol District Center

 

GIVING CODE:  AMS1000

REGION:  Asia-Pacific
About this project: The project will consist of construction of training rooms, living quarter for male and female, toilet and shower room, kitchen/dining facility, library, offices, worship center, recreation area, and district parsonage. Currently, there is an old 2-storey wooden building in the district property that serves as the district parsonage. It is already termite infested and not properly maintained. The DAB agrees to re-purpose the first level to be living quarters for trainees, and one-third of t...