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Where will you be April 22-25, 2015? Hopefully you will be with your Northwest District Family at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington. Everyone is welcome to attend these days of inspiration, training, business, and fun! You can download the tentative schedule here. You can find out hotel information here. This year a new hotel, SpringHill Suites Marriott, is opening. This hotel is connected to the Convention Center. Click here to find the link for this hotel.
This event combines District Assembly, Festival of Mission, and Children's Main Event. Each evening, beginning with Wednesday at 7:00pm, there will be an inspiring worship service. Although there is a registration fee to attend the day-time sessions, the evening services are open for all to attend at no cost.
Dr. David & Sharon Graves, General Superintendent in jurisdiction, will be with us as special speaker and chairman of the business sessions. Those in attendance last year will remember the Graves as humble, approachable, dedicated servants of Jesus. Dr. Graves will be speaking several times and providing a workshop for us. You can read his bio here.
Our theme for this year's event is stated in the logo above and our speakers will focus their messages and workshops on being disciples and disciple-making.
Our own Hal & Debbi Perkins (former pastors on our district in Moscow, Idaho and Grandview, Washington) will be presenting. Several years ago the Perkins established Heartwalk ministries, committed to helping pastors to cultivate intentional relational discipling as a component of the DNA of their churches and giving parents tools and encouragement to intentionally, strategically disciple their children. You can visit their website to learn more about them and their ministry here.
Revs. Dustin & Olivia Metcalf will also be with us to speak on the worship service as central to disciple-making in the local church. The Metcalfs spent 10 years in pastoral ministry as co-pastors and in the fall of 2014 took on the assignment of Chaplains at Northwest Nazarene University. They are also co-directors for the office of Spiritual Formation. Both, Dustin and Olivia, will be speaking as well as providing workshops. Olivia will also lead the music in our worship settings. You can read about the Metcalfs here.
Dr. Verne Ward III will be the special guest speaker for Festival of Mission. The Wards have served as missionaries in Papua New Guinea and then as Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr. Ward currently serves as Global Mission Director for the Church of the Nazarene. He will be speaking throughout the event and also providing workshops for us. You can learn more about Dr. Ward here.
More information will be sent to local churches soon. Online registration will open in mid-February. Check back often for more stories and updates!
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Lead pastors and their spouses are invited to spend Sunday evening and Monday with DS Randy & Robbie Craker to look at issues unique to different size congregations. This year we will come together in Moses Lake, a central location for the district. Our meeting times will take place at the Ramada Inn (1745 E. Kittleson Rd) with lodging just across the parking lot at the Inn at Moses Lake (1741 E. Kittleson Rd.). All lead pastors should have received an email with further details and registration information. We are hoping to see a great number of our pastors and spouses attend. This time is beneficial to hear the heart and vision of the District Superintendent and to meet with those in like circumstances.
|January 18-19||50 and under|
|February 15-16||190 and up|
(Numbers are based on 2014 reported average primary worship)