What is Alabaster
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.
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.
In September and February, the money is collected. Sometimes
a "march offering" is received with individuals carrying their
boxes to the front of the church and pouring the money into
a large offering container. The way an offering is received
is as varied as the world areas in which the Church of the Nazarene
has a presence; however, it is always accompanied with a spirit
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 should still be received, allowing opportunity
for giving by those not participating in other ways.
Alabaster should be well-publicized. All ages are encouraged
to participate with leaders educating local churches as to the
need for centers of holiness evangelism around the world.
Descriptions of some current Alabaster Projects can be found HERE
It's easy to give to Alabaster!
If you are a church,
please use the Funding The Mission site at
If you are an individual
please use the Alabaster Donor Page