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!

Midtown Church Plant

2021 11 07MidTown Launch smMidtown 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

Spiritual Entrepreneurs

Sign showing different pathsThe Intermountain District is looking for spiritual entrepreneurs. As Carey Nieuwhof has described, "Spiritual entrepreneurs are the kind of leaders who will find tomorrow’s solutions when most leaders can only see the problem." How do you know if you are a spiritual entrepreneur? Check out this blog post by Carey.

If you are interested in a conversation about leading a new and innovative ministry or starting a new church, contact Brent Deakins.

Community Development at Nyssa

Nyssa Nazarene is finding new ways to connect with their community.  In addition to their community food bank, they recently added a new, updated coffee shop in one of the buildings lining the main drag of the town.  The space had sat unused and vacant for several years, but has been transformed through partnerships in the church and community, including financial help, donated items, and Pastor Steve's gifts for reclaiming the disused to make something new.  As a united group, they have been shaping beautiful new space for the benefit of the whole community.  They are planning a grand opening for October 8, with a Friday evening of music, fellowship, and (of course) coffee.  They are planning regular coffee shop hours 9am-1pm on Wednesdays and 1pm-6pm, plus a monthly worship service gathering.  Next time you are in Nyssa, stop by the shop and enjoy!

2021 District Ministry Team Retreat

District Pastors and Spouses Retreat 2021 was a time of great food, fellowship, and preaching with the warm hospitality of Trinity Pines.  Dr. Randy Craker encouraged and inspired the pastoral team through the day in the life of Jesus.  It was good to pause, stepping away for a few beautiful autumn days in the mountains, enjoying that time with Jesus and with one another.

New Ministries

innovation riccardo annandale 7e2pe9wjL9M unsplashThe Intermountain District is looking for innovative, creative, and kingdom-minded leaders with a spirit of adventure to create new ministries and churches. If you have a unique calling and want to dream big together, Brent Deakins would love to connect with you for conversation and collaboration, to consider together what vision God may have for your life.

"See, I am doing a new thing!
Even now it springs up;
do you perceive it?"
Isaiah 43:19

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SLC Central Welcomes African Congregation

Salt Lake City Central Church of the Nazarene is located in a diverse area near the heart of the city.  Within a mile's distance of the church building are people representing around one hundred different languages and cultures.  As the church has sought to minister in its unique context, Pastor Jeremy Johnston received a phone call from Pastor Tito, an African pastor who had been leading a growing congregation and who was seeking connection with an established church in the area.  This newly-developing group now meets in SLC Central's building for worship on Sunday afternoons, and Pastor Jeremy and other leaders at Central are working with them as partners in the Gospel.