Sylacauga First Church of the Nazarene is an affiliate of the Church of the Nazarene and belongs to the Alabama South District.
The Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical Christian denomination, that finds its roots in two distinct Christian traditions; Methodism and the American Holiness Movement. It was in the American Holiness Movement that several independent holiness associates throughout the country merged to create the Church of the Nazarene. These independent holiness associates were comprised of interdependent churches that were seeking ways of fulfilling the Great Commission. This drive to fulfill the Great Commission-making disciples of all people-pushed this group of people to merge for the sake of "unity in holiness." To properly understand the history of the Church of the Nazarene, one must delve into each of these historical group and understand that Nazarenes consist of many different types of people that are "united in holiness."
The name, the Church of the Nazarene, was originally chosen by a holiness group that resided alongside the West Coast. Founded in Los Angeles by a group of disgruntled Methodist that saw the lack of evangelism and care for the poor and low-income, the group chose to call themselves Nazarenes. The term Nazarene comes from a passage in the Bible that seems to reveal what it truly meant to be a Nazarene.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote-- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." John 1:45-46
While we continue to associate ourselves with the Lord and Savior who is Jesus the Nazarene, the Nazarenes distinctively believe that God can take those who "don't make the cut" and transform them into his blessed and holy disciples--just as Jesus made being called a Nazarene a good thing.