Terms of Use for ICN Online

The Terms of Use that follow govern access to and use of the International Church of the Nazarene Online, otherwise known as ICN Online.  The term ICN Online refers to any of the web sites under the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene headquarters, and the department and ministry web sites hosted there.  By accessing or using ICN Online, you agree to follow and to be legally bound by these Terms of Use.

Privacy

The International Church of the Nazarene recognizes the privacy concerns of users of ICN Online and the importance of protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information collected from them.  As a general policy, no personally identifiable information, such as a visitor’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, IP address, or credit card information is automatically collected on our web site.  Such information is collected only when knowingly and voluntarily submitted, and the International Church of the Nazarene uses such information only for the purpose for which it was submitted, unless we disclose other uses in these Terms of Use or at the time of collection.  We do not give, sell, trade, or rent any personally identifiable information on a visitor to any third party, except where necessary to serve the needs of that visitor.  On joining our community, you may receive periodic newsletters from the International Church or one of its departments or ministries sent to the email address you provide.  You may unsubscribe after you receive your first newsletter.

We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under thirteen, please do not give us any personal data. If you have reason to believe that a child has provided personal data on ICN Online, please contact us as described in the “Contact Us” section below and we will endeavor to delete that information. If you are a child under the age of thirteen and using ICN Online, please do not give any information about yourself, such as your name, address, birth date, phone number, school or email address.

The General Board of the Church of the Nazarene reviews its Privacy Policy periodically and reserves the right, at its discretion, to modify or remove portions of the Terms of Use relating to privacy at any time.

Security

Pages that collect sensitive data (for example, credit card information) use 128-bit secure server technology in an effort to protect user data.  The secure server software encrypts the information you input before you send it to us.  The secure icon on your browser window indicates secure pages.  We maintain other reasonable and appropriate safeguards to ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of information in our possession.  We reserve the right to monitor traffic patterns and web site usage.

“Cookies” are files that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive.  Our cookies do not contain any personally identifying information about a user.  They enable us to provide customized features to enhance your visit to the web site.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies.  Users should consult their browser help files for instructions on how to refuse cookies.

Copyright

All web site design, text, graphics, layout and content contained in ICN Online are copyright © 2008 The International Church of the Nazarene and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.  All rights reserved. 

Many requested uses are permitted by these Terms of Use, but if your intended use of ICN Online is NOT expressly permitted in these Terms of Use, you may not for that use reproduce, upload, post, transmit, download or distribute any content, “mirror” or include such content on your own server or in your own documents or modify or reuse the text or graphics from ICN Online without the written permission of the International Church of the Nazarene.

You may print copies of material from ICN Online for incidental church or personal use or store the files on a computer for church or personal use.  No content may be sold or used for any commercial purpose.  Any printed copy must include the following copyright notice:  Copyright © 2008 The International Church of the Nazarene.  You may link to content on ICN Online, provided you follow our linking policy below.

Any other use of Nazarene materials from ICN Online – including reproduction for purposes other than those noted above, modification, distribution, transmission, display or republication – without the prior written permission of the International Church of the Nazarene is strictly prohibited.

If you post anything on or upload it to ICN Online, by making that posting or upload, you (i) warrant that your posting or upload does not infringe any copyright, trademark, service mark or other intellectual property right of someone else, and (ii) grant the International Church of the Nazarene a fully-paid, perpetual right and license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, display, perform, and prepare derivatives of your posting or upload for publicity, education, or any other purposes the International Church thinks proper.  If you are banned from or choose or asked to leave our community, we reserve the right to keep all of your postings intact.  Your username may be changed to “guest” or something similar, either at your request or as we see fit.  MediaLibrary uploads will be deleted at your request.

Trademarks

Except as set out in the next paragraph immediately below, Nazarene trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos displayed on ICN Online may only be used with the prior written permission of the International Church of the Nazarene, and may not be used in connection with any product or service that in any manner misrepresents, disparages, or discredits the International Church of the Nazarene.

The International Church of the Nazarene grants a non-exclusive license to official Nazarene churches to use the International Church of the Nazarene trademarks, service marks, logos and graphics displayed on ICN Online for affiliation and promotional purposes only.  The use of these items by churches for commercial purposes or for any other event or purpose is not authorized.  Trademarks, service marks, logos and graphics displayed on ICN Online may not be changed, edited, modified, contextualized or translated without the prior written consent of the International Church of the Nazarene.

Linking Policy

ICN Online may be linked to or from other web sites that are not operated by the International Church of the Nazarene or any of its affiliates.  The International Church of the Nazarene is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of those third party web sites.  ICN Online may also be linked to web sites operated by organizations affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene.  Visitors to those web sites should refer to their separate terms of use.

“Find a Church”

Any information found in the “Find a Church” section is official information of the International Church of the Nazarene.  If you find the information displayed in the “Find a Church” section for a church to be inaccurate or outdated or if you need to add, update or edit any information about a church as listed, please contact the Web Development Office by email or at the address below.

Forums, Chats & Blogs – Rules and Membership Agreement


Registration for these online communities and applications is free.  We insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below.

No soliciting or advertising of personal or corporate services or ventures is allowed.

Although the administrators and moderators will attempt to keep all objectionable messages out of these applications, it is impossible for us to review all postings.  All messages express the views of the author, and neither the International Church of the Nazarene nor its service providers will be held responsible for the content of any message.  However, considering the Church of the Nazarene sponsors our online environments, we desire the content placed on these Forums, Chats, or Blogs be positive and uplifting.  Negative rhetoric regarding other denominations or other religions is not welcome as it is not conducive to “Making Christlike Disciples in the Nations”.  Our evangelistic efforts spread far and wide around the world and our efforts to reach people for Christ could be compromised by undue criticism toward other people groups or religions.  All content should be non-political in nature, non-sectarian, and must recognize the civil rights and liberties afforded to all by rule of law.

By agreeing to these Terms of Use, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-oriented, hateful, threatening, or violative of any laws.  The International Church of the Nazarene reserves the right to remove, edit, move or close any threads or posts for any reason.  Any person may be banned from the communities without warning, for any reason.

The MediaLibrary

You will not share, sell or redistribute downloaded material from the MediaLibrary in any way.  You understand that such downloaded material is intended for use in Nazarene ministries.  Any other use of material downloaded from the MediaLibrary must be approved by the creator of that material.  Any material uploaded to the MediaLibrary must be your original work or in compliance with any licensing agreements you may have with any third party.  The International Church of the Nazarene is not responsible for any copyright violations as a result of your uploaded material, and you will indemnify, defend, and hold the International Church harmless from and against any claims or actions for such violations or infringements.  You are personally responsible for compatibility of all material uploaded by you.

Disclaimer

ICN ONLINE IS PROVIDED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, AND THE USE OF ICN ONLINE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.  WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AS TO THE OPERATION OF ICN ONLINE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS OR RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF ICN ONLINE.   WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED AT ICN ONLINE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT ICN ONLINE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

Limitations of Liability

THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM OR CONNECTED WITH USE OF ICN ONLINE, INCLUDING MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR E-MAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES OR DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION.  THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY THAT APPLIES TO ALL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING COMPENSATORY, DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOSS OR INACCURACY OF DATA OR LOSS OF REVENUE).  IN NO EVENT SHALL OUR TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING ICN ONLINE OR ANY LINKED SITE.

Indemnification

You agree to hold the International Church of the Nazarene harmless from and indemnify it against any claims, loss, or damages by you or third parties based on or related to your on-line actions or your use of ICN Online and all damages, costs and expenses relating thereto.

Applicable Law; Choice of Forum

ICN Online is created and controlled by the International Church of the Nazarene in the State of Kansas, USA.  These Terms of Use, the use of ICN Online and all transactions conducted through ICN Online will be governed by and construed and enforced under the laws of the State of Kansas (excluding any conflict of laws rules).  These Terms of Use represent the entire understanding relating to the use of ICN Online and prevail over any prior or contemporaneous, conflicting or additional, communications.  The exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any legal proceedings relating to these Terms of Use or to ICN Online or transactions or activity conducted on or relating to ICN Online will be the appropriate state or federal courts in Johnson County, Kansas; you consent to such jurisdiction and venue and waive all objections to proceedings in such courts based on jurisdiction, venue or inconvenience of the forum.  

Changes to ICN Online or Terms of Use

We may make improvements or changes to ICN Online or to the services, products, programs and prices described on ICN Online at any time without notice. We may revise these Terms of Use at any time, without prior notice, by posting the revision or the revised Terms of Use on ICN Online; any revision is effective upon your accessing this site.

Contact Us

If you want to communicate with us regarding privacy, copyright, security, trademarks, or any other aspect of these Terms of Use, please email us via this contact form or write us at International Church of the Nazarene, Web Development Office, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66220.