Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Karcher Church is a place where people from all walks of life can begin or continue their journey toward a relationship with GOD. It is a place where seekers, new believers, or seasoned followers can grow in that relationship. We are a community of believers that want nothing more than to establish true friendships with others on the same journey. Our worship is contemporary and our style is casual. You can come just as you are, what is important is that you come.
...in the beginning
Everything has a beginning. Karcher Nazarene had her beginning as The Franklin Road Church of the Nazarene founded in 1949 by a group of Northwest Nazarene College students and community members. The church thrived, growing rapidly and seven pastors were called during the time at the Franklin Road location. It would be twenty-five years after her founding that the church would move to a new location. An 80 acre farm was purchased, plans for a building were designed, and a new name was given: Karcher Church of the Nazarene. At this time, it was a church that seemed to be way out in the middle of farm land, somewhere between Nampa and Caldwell. Today, the farm land is gone, and the location is a central location in the City of Nampa.
Today, Karcher Church is a growing, exciting fellowship of like-minded holiness people. We are seeing days of harvest in the surrounding community as we continue to endeavor to make Christ-like disciples.
...who we are
Karcher Church of the Nazarene is a member of Nazarene International. The Church of the Nazarene is among those Churches known as holiness Churches. We believe that one’s relationship to God in Christ Jesus means more than simply that we get to go to heaven when we die. We believe that we are transformed in this life to be able to love God fully with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as our self.
The Church of the Nazarene exists to serve as an instrument for advancing the kingdom of God through the preaching and teaching of the gospel throughout the world. Our well-defined commission is to preserve and propagate Christian holiness as set forth in the Scriptures, through the conversion of sinners, the reclamation of backsliders, and the entire sanctification of believers. Our objective is a spiritual one, namely, to evangelize as a response to the Great Commission of our Lord to “go and make disciples of all nations”
The Church of the Nazarene has a God-given heritage of faith and identifies as one church cooperating effectually with other branches of the Church of Jesus Christ in advancing God’s kingdom.
...what we believe
The church holds firmly to the following articles of faith:
- We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe; that He only is God, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose.
- We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead; that He was eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead, that He is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ
- We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation
- We believe that sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and death by sin.
- We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His death on the Cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this Atonement is the only ground of salvation.
- We believe that the grace of God through Jesus Christ is freely bestowed upon all people, enabling all who will to turn from sin to righteousness.
- We believe that repentance, which is a sincere and thorough change of the mind in regard to sin, is demanded of all who have by act or purpose become sinners against God.
- We believe that justification, regeneration, and adoption are simultaneous in the experience of seekers after God.
- We believe that sanctification is the work of God which transforms believers into the likeness of Christ.
- We believe in the Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word.
- We believe that Christian baptism, administered to believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
- We believe that the Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ.
- We believe in the biblical doctrine of divine healing and urge our people to offer the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again; that we who are alive at His coming shall not precede them that are asleep in Christ Jesus; but that, if we are abiding in Him, we shall be caught up with the risen saints to meet the Lord in the air, so that we shall ever be with the Lord.
- We believe in the resurrection of the dead, that the bodies both of the just and of the unjust shall be raised to life and united with their spirits. We believe in future judgment in which every person shall appear before God to be judged according to his or her deeds in this life. We believe that glorious and everlasting life is assured to all who savingly believe in, and obediently follow, Jesus Christ our Lord; and that the finally impenitent shall suffer eternally
...where we are growing
The first sanctuary for Franklin Road Church of the Nazarene was built in 1950. The new building and sactuary for Karcher Church of the Nazarene was occupied in 1980. The Family Life Center, including a gym, kitchen, and many meeting rooms and classrooms was constructed in 1997. The park surrounding the church was constructed in 2005. Through God's graces in 2021 children will occupy a brand-new Chidlren's Wing of the Family Life Center. This new construction includes classrooms and a Worship Center designed to meet the learning and safety needs of the children of Karcher Church.
Because of the gifts of people, once the new wing, and several other projects are completed--the entire campus will be completely debt free.