Close the Back Door with New Churches

Close the Back Door with New Churches

"How can we keep new people from leaving?" That's a common question for the Research Center at the Global Ministry Center. We take in a lot of members each year, people who are new to the Church of the Nazarene. Most of these are by profession of faith, with some transferring from other denominations. During the past 10 years, we have received 1.3 million new Nazarenes globally. But our total membership only increased by 623,374. Somehow, for every 13 new Nazarenes who came in our front doors, we lost 7 Nazarenes out the back door. That gives a global retention rate of 46 percent for the decade.Take a look at these stats for additional insights.Table 1: Retention Rates by Nazarene Regions, 2000-2010:&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| New Nazarenes&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| Net Gain&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| Retention RateAfrica&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 442,276&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 301,856&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 68%Asia-Pacific&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| 66,369&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 25,630&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 39%Eurasia&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 164,788&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 123,304&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 75%Mesoamerica&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 174,466&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| 82,166&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 47%South America&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 181,717&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 81,330&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 45%USA/Canada&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 329,595&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 9,088&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 3%Global&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 1,359,211&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 623,374&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 46%This chart indicates that there is a difference in retention rates in different areas of the world. But further research gives us new insights. The Research Center has known for years that most growth occurs in new churches. When we look at retention rates in new churches, we discover that this is a global truth for the Church of the Nazarene. Table 2: Retention Rates in New Churchesby Nazarene Regions, 2000-10:&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| New Nazarenes &nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| Net Gain &nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| Retention RateAfrica&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| 290,801&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 216,758&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 75%Asia-Pacific&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 20,593&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 14,543&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 71%Eurasia&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 143,139&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| 119,894&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| 84%Mesoamerica&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 34,134&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 27,894&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 82%South America&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 50,832&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 30,287&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 60%USA/Canada&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 34,662&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 20,728&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 60%Global&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 574,161&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 430,104&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 75%In every world region, the retention rate for new churches is higher than for older churches. Perhaps a greater ratio of new churches would help a region conserve more of its converts. Table 3 suggests that a major factor for growth in world areas is the much higher ratio of new churches begun during the decade. Table 3: New Churches as Percent of Existing Churches by Nazarene Regions, 2000-10:&nbsp| &nbsp| Churches in 2000&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| New Churches&nbsp| &nbsp| &nbsp| RatioAfrica&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 2,834&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 6,579&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 232%Asia-Pacific&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 1,319&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 760&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 58%Eurasia&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 841&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 5,474&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 651%Mesoamerica&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 2,225&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 887&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 40%South America&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 1,965&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp| 909&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 46%USA/Canada&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 5,462&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 1,065&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 19%Global&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 14,646&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 15,674&nbsp|&nbsp| &nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp|&nbsp| 107%Of course, existing churches need to find ways to conserve converts as well. But for the denomination as a whole, one of the best strategies for retaining new Nazarenes is to incorporate them into new churches. This is true in all areas of the world.Dale E. Jones is director of Research Services for the Church of the Nazarene.Holiness Today, May/June 2011