Multi-Cultural Ministry in Boise

202204BoiseMulticulturalGod is moving in the Boise area!  Pastor Doug Human is working with a small multi-cultural group of people who love Jesus and want to participate in God's work with the Church of the Nazarene. They have a growing worship team and leadership, and are looking for where God may plant them in the future.  Pastor Brent had opportunity to preach and meet with their leaders recently.

Young Adult Ministry Training

20220324YAMtrainingKarcher 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

Pastor Aaron and familyCrossPoint 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

Pastor MelissaCongratulations 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.

Emmett: Steak Night & Arm Wrestling

Arm wrestling in EmmettFor 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

pastorjeremyjIn 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

Compass image by Jamie Street on UnsplashThe 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

Gary ThomasThe 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.

Retirement: Tim Pusey

Retirement Celebration for Tim PuseyOn 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!