300 high schoolers and youth leaders descended onto Washington Family Ranch for this year’s Reach retreat. They emerged with lives changed. Click the video to hear some Mercer Creek students’ experiences.
And that’s just one of the 18 churches that sent students to Reach! Overall, there were 15 first-time decisions to follow Jesus (including one from our kitchen crew), and 25 students chose to recommit their lives to Christ. In addition, we’re hearing of baptisms firming up these commitments: there were seven students baptized after the event at Mercer Creek alone.
A big thank you to the 50+ volunteers who helped make Reach 2017 such a success!
East Side Network Partners to Support New Plant
Last month, Rod Cosgrove of Garland Avenue Alliance Church, Terry Gugger of Orofino Community Church, and Paul Smith of CrossPoint Alliance Church started a new network. After an afternoon of punishing targets at a shooting range, the three pastors processed and agreed upon a network covenant. The next morning, they took on their first church plant. The newly formed network has agreed to send and support Bill Creutzberg to start New Ground Church in Clarkston, WA.
Other news you need to know…
Tacoma Alliance (Tacoma, WA): Following an extensive health assessment and intentional interim pastor, Tacoma Alliance Church has recognized that its ministry life is coming to a close. Sunday April 30th, the church will be celebrating its history and heritage over many fruitful and productive years. An emerging network of Alliance churches in the Tacoma area and Northwest Church Planting are actively talking with a potential planter to start a new congregation in the facility.
Clover Pass Community Church (Ketchikan, AK): For a number of reasons, the Field Leadership Team of the Alliance NW unanimously voted to move Clover Pass from Accredited status to Redeveloping status, following the departure of their last pastor. Mick Ewing from Juneau, AK has been appointed interim pastor.