Young Adult Ministry Training

Karcher Church of the Nazarene in Nampa recently held a young adult ministry training, offered by Fuller Youth Institute.  Participants learned together how to effectively reach and connect with young adults in our churches and communities.  It was an amazing time of networking, brainstorming, and vision-casting.  Thank you to Val Wigg and James Shepherd for hosting!



New Pastor in Idaho Falls

CrossPoint Community Church in Idaho Falls recently called Aaron Duvall as its new pastor.  An Ohio native, Pastor Aaron served previously in the rural community of Painted Post, New York.  His wife Chera is originally from Nampa.  They have a daughter named Harper.

Starting in this new ministry role, Pastor Aaron had this to say: I think the church can offer hope and purpose in some real and tangible ways and I'm excited to see not just what God does at CrossPoint but to see what God does throughout eastern Idaho in the coming years to help people connect with their purpose and the hope that He offers.

Read more in the news story here.



Ministry in Gooding

Congratulations to Pastor Melissa Duggan for her great work at Gooding Desert Hills Church of the Nazarene. The church is finding new ways to connect with the community through outreach events, serving, and casting vision for reaching the youth in Gooding. Pastor Melissa held a membership class in February and is building a strong core of leaders.


Pastor Melissa

Emmett: Steak Night & Arm Wrestling

For 40 years now, Emmett Church of the Nazarene has been hosting a monthly Men’s Steak night. Big juicy steak served with baked potatoes, veggies and homemade cookies draw in a packed room of men from the church and in the community. This past month, Pastor Brian Knight and his team at Emmett Naz invited some world class and top ranked arm wrestlers to showcase their skills and teach a bit about the sport of arm wrestling.

To learn more about Emmett's ministries, or to sign up and be a part of the next Men’s Steak night, check out



SLC Central Welcomes New Members

In September 2021, we shared about a growing partnership of Salt Lake City Central Church of the Nazarene with an African congregation in the region.  Pastor Jeremy Johnston has been working hard to encourage, connect, and equip both groups to build a "one church, many congregations" model of ministry.  After leading a group through a course on foundational aspects of the Church of the Nazarene, Central Church recently welcomed 42 people from the African congregation as fellowship members.  The Intermountain District is excited about this partnership which is continuing to build a truly multi-ethnic ministry in the city.



Principles vs. Preferences

The Intermountain District desires renewal, revival and revitalization of the church.  Churches with a growth mindset have things in common, including a "principles vs preferences" mentality.  Carey Nieuwhof writes about that in his article about attitude differences in growing churches vs declining churches.  For example, he describes declining churches that adjust based on the preferences of their members, while growing churches focus on principles and plans that will reach new people.  Check out the article here.

If you are interested in a conversation about leading a new and innovative ministry, or being part of a renewal and revitalization project, please contact Brent Deakins.



Lifelong Love Marriage Conference

The Intermountain District was blessed to have author and speaker Gary Thomas for the Lifelong Love Marriage Conference January 21 & 22, 2022. Gary spoke candidly and honestly on building and maintaining a marriage that honors God and one's spouse. His simple but profound message challenged individuals to “seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness” as a foundation of building a healthy and holy marriage. We are so grateful to all who were able to attend in person and online.


Gary Thomas

Retirement: Tim Pusey

On January 23, 2022, Pastor Tim and Cindy Pusey celebrated 14 years of ministry at Meridian Valley Shepherd -- the most recent of 40+ years in ministry!  It was a bittersweet time as they said goodbye to that cognregation and to full-time ministry, and hello to the season of retirement, anticipating more time with their precious family.

God's blessings to you in this new chapter of life!


Retirement Celebration for Tim Pusey

Midtown Church Plant

Midtown Church (a new church plant in Boise) was created to see people living their fullest possible lives by following Jesus, being part of a healthy and loving community, and using their gifts and abilities to help others.  On November 7, 2021, Midtown held its first-ever Midtown Gathering — a time each month to connect with God, each other, and ourselves.  The night included worship, Communion, a time of reflection for All Saints Sunday, and a message about hope from lead pastor Trevor Lubiens.  As this church plant continues to grow, we're excited to see how God uses Midtown to impact the Treasure Valley and beyond.  All are invited to the next Midtown Gathering, which will happen on December 5th at 6pm at Tree City Church.  To learn more about Midtown Church, visit


Launch of Boise MidTown