Bells in North Nampa

The District is excited to support AJ and Rachelle Bell as they are developing connections and relationships in North Nampa in order to start a new work to share the Good News of Jesus. Recently, they connected with a local school and learned that the school needed some sturdy balls for children playing four-square. The Bells raised support for this new equipment and presented them to the school recently. Let’s pray for more open doors for the Bells as they pursue avenues for sharing Jesus in North Nampa.

 AJ and Rachelle

Midpoint 2022

In the Church of the Nazarene, we believe that all Christ-followers are called to minister. We also affirm that Christ calls some to specific and public pastoral ministry, much as Jesus chose 12 disciples to follow him in that particular way.

On the Intermountain District, individuals who are in the process of discerning and following this call are called Ministers in Development (MIDs). As part of this process, eleven MIDs attended an event called MIdpoint Assessment, which was held at Trinity Pines. Those days together included times of spiritual inspiration, informal connection, and conversations about spiritual formation, doctrinal understanding, strengths, and personal growth.

To learn more about the process of minister development on the Intermountain District, visit the Resources page (Downloads --> Ministers in Development).

Baptisms at SLC Central

On October 30, Salt Lake City Central Church of the Nazarene and the African congregation that meets there held a combined baptism service.  Each person shared what had led them to the point of that decision, Pastor Tito translated as needed, and the whole congregation celebrated together.

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20)

"Nuko Yesu arabegera avugana na bo ati 'Nahawe ubutware bwose mu ijuru no mu isi. Nuko mugende muhindure abantu bo mu mahanga yose abigisha, mubabatiza mu izina rya Data wa twese n'Umwana n'Umwuka Wera, mubigisha kwitondera ibyo nababwiye byose. Kandi dore ndi kumwe namwe iminsi yose kugeza ku mperuka y'isi.'"

Retreat in Utah

An overnight retreat was held on October 21-22 for pastors and spouses serving on our district in Utah.  The group met at a campground in the mountains east of Salt Lake City, where the chilly winter weather brought beautiful snow.  As speakers for the event, Brent and Nichole Deakins offered inspiration and challenge, both personally and for ministry.


Retreat Group

Nampa Lakeview: YIGBY

Affordable housing is a significant issue for many families.  After considering how they might best use a plot of land across an alleyway from the rest of the church's property, Lakeview Church of the Nazarene in Nampa decided to donate it for affordable housing through the LEAP nonprofit organization.  LEAP will build an affordable single-family home on the land, but will retain ownership of the land to ensure that the property will remain "dedicated to affordable housing in perpetuity."

LEAP's initiative is called "Yes In God's Back Yard" (YIGBY), which connects with Lakeview's mission to be disciples, to make disciples, and to love their neighbors.  "This is a way we can respond, as Christ-followers, to an actual need that's in our area."

To read more on the ktvb site, click here.

Esperanza en Cristo: Fall Kick-Off

Esperanza en Cristo (Hope in Christ), a Hispanic congregation with Caldwell Canyon Hill, hosted a Fall Kick-off party in the park a few Sundays back. Pastors Pedro and Agueda brought burgers, drinks, side dishes, and a kids' bouncy house, and hosted a 4-on-4 soccer tournament for the community. The day was filled with tons of food, fun and fellowship, culminating in a fairly intense finale on the soccer field. Several new families and faces connected in a relaxed time of outreach.


Fall Kick Off Esperanza en Cristo

Pocatello RMM: Friend Day 2022

Rocky Mountain Ministries in Pocatello, Idaho, held their annual Friend Days on October 2. There were four worship services, starting Saturday night and running through Sunday afternoon. Burgers, salads, lunch and free cotton candy were all served in abundance with many new faces and friends. Pastor Buddy and Jen and their incredible team rocked out with amazing worship and incredible preaching. We are so blessed to have such a vibrant and exciting ministry in Pocatello!


Worship Service at Rocky Mountain Ministries

Bilingual Discipleship at SLC Central

Central Church of the Nazarene reflects the diversity of its neighborhood.  With the help of translators, Pastor Jeremy began leading a Spanish-language discipleship group awhile back.  That group has grown and morphed in recent years.  Currently 20-30 people from around 6-8 different countries meet on Friday evenings to prepare food boxes for the Compassion Center, enjoy a meal and fellowship together, and study scripture in English and Spanish.  Translators help bridge the language differences so that participants connect with God and with one another.2022_SLCCNBilingualDisciplehsip.jpg

Uniting in Worship at Five Mile

Five Mile Church of the Nazarene in Boise had an AMAZING service this past Sunday!  185 people attended a combined service, bringing together people from African nations, the USA, and other backgrounds.  The time of worship included scripture and worship songs in at least five languages, all followed by a huge potluck dinner in the parking lot. What a day!  Praise the Lord.

Enterprise: New Roof

We love it when our churches take care of our churches! Recently our district's NMI Council rallied a team of people to redo the roof on the church in Enterprise, OR. We are grateful for Pastor Randy Bynum of Vida Nueva who joined the effort with skilled workers from his church. We are also thankful for our Work & Witness coordinator Jim Franklin, team members Ed & Rosemary Krantz from Idaho Falls, and others that joined in the effort. Everett from Enterprise even brought a neighbor teen, Jonah, who was an excellent worker!

Seven district churches sent workers and/or money in contribution to the “Enterprise Heating Project” fund were helping ensure that Enterprise’s high winter heating costs don’t leave them in the cold, and that giving beyond the heating needs would go toward a new furnace someday. It is difficult to express how blessed we really are for Baker City, Bethel, Castle Hills, Crosspoint Community, Enterprise, McCall, and Vida Nueva partnering together with workers and/or funds to fulfill this need. Thank you!



Ministry Team Retreat 2022

The annual Intermountain District Team Retreat was a wonderful time of friendship, fellowship and teaching. One of our General Superintendents, Dr. Carla Sunberg, and her husband Chuck, shared from scripture and offered a global perspective. We praise God for the beauty of creation, for our amazing camp ground Trinity Pines, and for a time of rest and refreshing.


Ministry Team Retreat 2022 group

Utah Unite

The Intermountain District includes congregations in the Salt Lake City area with various languages, cultures, styles, and more -- and united in Christ.  These groups gathered together on Sunday evening to sing, read scripture, hear a devotional, share food and fellowship.

"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all...  From Christ the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work" (Ephesians 4:4-6, 16).

Dr. David Graves, General Superintendent

In the Church of the Nazarene, General Superintendents are elected during General Assemblies by delegates representing all of the 160+ world areas in which this denomination has a presence. They serve in pastoral and administrative ways as they lead globally in the mission of making Christlike disciples in the nations.

We were blessed by the ministry of one of these General Superintendents, Dr. David Graves, when he was in the area recently. He spoke at NNU’s chapel, Nampa Bethel Church of the Nazarene, and Eagle Church of the Nazarene. We are grateful for General Superintendents who provide encouragement, inspiration, and leadership for our churches and congregations.