Local Missions

Local Partners

Alternatives Pregnancy Center’s Mission is to explore Christ-centered alternatives with those who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They are truly responding to needs all around us.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire & enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

Learn more about how you can help out by going to the Boys and Girls Club website at www.cedarvalleyclubs.org.

The Cedar Falls Iowa Bible Conference is one of America’s longest continuing annual Bible conferences (our 100th will be held in 2021). We are committed to Gospel-oriented, Christ-centered, Bible-based preaching from a range of evangelical and denominational perspectives. Child care and ministry opportunities for kids are also provided. Come join us from the last Saturday in July through the first Saturday in August!  Learn more at https://cedarfallsbibleconference.com.

Christian Crusaders’ mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Redeemer of the world and personal Savior to all those who receive Him. They proclaim Him through radio, podcasts, personal visitation, written media and the internet, which is truly leading beyond our walls. To learn more, visit the Christian Crusaders website here.

On the first Tuesday of each month, Nazareth helps to prepare and serve a community meal (in partnership throughout the month with several other local churches) at the First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls.

If you are interested in helping our neighbors in need by assisting with these meals, email Barb Burbridge at barb.burbridge@naz.org.


The Vision of the Northeast Iowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes is to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.  Their Mission is to lead every coach and athlete into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church.  They value Relationships.  And, through their relationships, they hope to demonstrate steadfast commitment to Jesus Christ and His Word through Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.  Learn more at https://www.northeastiowafca.org/.

Homer Larson was one of the founding members of the local Christian Community Development (CCD). The mission of the CCD is to share the love of Christ by addressing the needs of homeless single mothers through the House of Hope. Today the House of Hope provides support and personalized case management to help homeless single mothers achieve self-sufficiency through a 2-year transitional program.

To learn more about House of Hope or how you can serve this partner in ministry, click HERE.

Since 1990, Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity builds simple, affordable homes with Habitat families and volunteers. We serve Black Hawk, Bremer and Butler Counties. Habitat for Humanity is responsive to the discontent of knowing we have so many neighbors who do not have a home.

In 2020, the Naz Builders worked on a Clay Street home in partnership with Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Nazareth staff members got to see the home as a work in progress late in 2019, and Nazareth congregation members had the opportunity to go visit the finished home in July 2020 (by taking a bike ride from Nazareth to Clay Street on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Take a look at these articles from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier for some great updates!

Naz Builders Cozy Cottage Project Begins – July 2019


Naz Builders Renovation Complete – July 2020


In 2017, Nazareth worked together with Habitat for Humanity to build the “Naz House”, a home built at 1217 Western Avenue in Waterloo.  The partner family was able to move into their new home by Christmas!

The Job Foundation eradicates present and future financial poverty and greatly reduces the risk of financial disadvantage for children. This is accomplished through a comprehensive approach that stresses financial education, stewardship training, academic achievement and attainment of key resources to increase financial stability. Students enroll in the program beginning in Elementary School and remain in the program until they graduate from High School. During this long-term program, students receive financial education, mentoring, and earnings conditional to their grades in school. 60% of these earnings are stored in a long-term savings account, with a goal of $3,000 accumulated in savings upon High School graduation. The remaining 40% of earnings may be spent during supervised shopping trips. Students fill out a spending plan, choose to donate money to a charity and/or save extra money, balance their checkbook register, and learn about comparison shopping to help them make wise financial decisions. The Job Foundation envisions a world where all children, from every socio-economic background, are well-equipped with the financial skills, knowledge, and assets needed for their financial and life success both in childhood and into adulthood. To learn more, visit www.thejobfoundation.org.

Life 101.9 radio is a Christian radio station based in Waterloo that offers the Cedar Valley a positive and modern alternative station with programming for all ages.

Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) networks churches across denominational lines and leverages our collective impact to bless those in need in our community.

When our local churches, united in the purpose of showing Christ’s love in our community come together, we are a powerful force for transformation: not only to individuals and families, but to the entire community.

Love INC of the Cedar Valley is a local chapter of a national organization. For more information about the national organization go to www.loveinc.org.

In partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Love INC, the Nazareth Food and Essentials Pantry provides essentials (personal hygiene products and household cleaning supplies) and food to those in need in the Cedar Valley throughout the year.

At the Food and Essentials Pantry, clients (who make appointments via LoveINC) shop for their own food and essentials. 532 appointments were hosted at our pantry in 2016.  The food and essentials come from the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and through donations by Nazareth community members.  More than fifty Nazareth volunteers donate their time and energy into keeping the pantry running by shopping, packing food boxes and putting away incoming orders.

Financial donations (please make checks to the Nazareth Good Samaritan Fund) as well as donations of food, locally grown fresh produce (in season) and household essentials are accepted on a regular basis.

Please contact the director of the Nazareth Food and Essentials Pantry, Barb Burbridge, if you have any questions.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

The Nazareth Gardens are located in the 300 block of Lincoln Street in the Cedar Falls Community Gardens just north of Gateway Park.

Throughout the spring and summer, all are invited to stop by to help weed and water the gardens.

All of the produce grown in the gardens will be given away through the Nazareth Food Pantry.

For more information on the NAZ Gardens, please email Pastor Denny Hanson at dennis.hanson@naz.org.

NewAldaya Lifescapes is the place where you can live better. They are a nursing home in Cedar Falls, IA offering a full range of top-quality elder care services at affordable rates. This building grew out of a holy discontent knowing that there was a lack of great care for those who need it.

At the Northeast Iowa Foodbank, we are driven by our core beliefs that hunger is unacceptable; that everyone deserves access to enough food; that food sustains life and nourishes health; and that we are called to serve neighbors in need without judgment.

The Food Bank now distributes millions of pounds of food to over 200 agencies through 16 Northeast Iowa counties.  Programs such as Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, Elderly Nutrition Boxes, Mobile Food Pantries also evolved to meet the growing needs of a growing community.  To learn more, go the Northeast Iowa Food Bank Website.

NAZ serves as a Partner in Education with Highland Elementary School in Waterloo.  A team of dedicated volunteers works to mentor and encourage the children and staff at the school all year long.  Additionally, we are collecting Hy-Vee Receipts to turn in as part of the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students program.  Receipts may be turned in at the Welcome Desk any time, and proceed will go to support students at Highland.

To learn more about this partnership, please email us at info@naz.org.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible.

This ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.