to Oct 13


Quest is a 2-day retreat for middle school students at Black Lake Bible Camp in Olympia, Washington.

Registration for Quest 2019 is now open!

*Registration dates August 1 - October 1*


August 1st - September 23rd
Early Bird (Student) - $140
Early Bird (Leader) - $120

September 24th - October 1st
Regular Rate (Student) - $160
Regular Rate (Leader) - $140

At the close of registration (Oct 1st) invoices will be sent out with the total amount due. Checks can be mailed to the Alliance Northwest office or brought with you to the Quest registration table.

Make checks payable to:

Alliance Northwest
Memo: Quest 2019
7505 NE Ambassador Pl. Suite K
Portland, OR 97220, OR

Download all your promo materials and release forms below!

Leader Information
Student Brochure
Black Lake Activity Form
Student Release Form

Here’s some of the fun we had at Quest 2018:

Note: If you prefer to submit all your campers on one form, download the form here, fill it out accordingly, and then email the completed form to Amber.

If you have any questions please contact Amber Curry at ( or call 503-685-9160 x103.

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to Oct 23

Preaching Lab


Preaching Lab

Preaching Lab gives ordinary men and women the basic tools they need to understand and explain the text so that it brings true life change.

Through a combination of instruction and practical exercises, participants will walk away with greater confidence in their skills and the ability of God to change lives through His Word.


Tacoma, WA - Oct 21-23, 2019


MATT HANNAN, Lead Pastor at New Heights Church in Vancouver, WA. Matt has taught homiletics at several seminaries. He’s also developed and led teaching teams for decades at New Heights.

Before You Come

Please read Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley.


Lead Pastors and their (current and future) teaching teams.


Alliance Northwest is underwriting food, lodging, and conference costs for Alliance Northwest churches. Transportation is on your own.

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Life 2019: "Awaken"
to Jul 13

Life 2019: "Awaken"

  • Orlando World Center Mariott (map)
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Life is an Alliance Youth event for high school students, taking place this year in Orlando, FL.

LIFE is a gathering of the next generation Alliance family to experience God and expand His kingdom locally and globally. We seek to GLORIFY God in worship, word, and community; EXPOSE God’s heart for the lost; INTRODUCE Jesus Christ into the whole life of each student; and INSPIRE students to join the global Alliance family.

We invite all high school students — finishing 8th through 12th grade — to join us for a transformational week focused on Jesus Christ through worship and scripture in community.

Find out more at

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to May 22


Foundations is a 3 day seminar to introduce church leaders to the Alliance movement. Anyone interested in exploring how they can join the mission and family of Alliance Northwest is welcome to register. During Foundations, leaders will learn about Alliance history, vision, polity, and beliefs, while getting a tase of what it's like to courageously follow Jesus together as a family.

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Stir: Discipleship Environments with Jeff Vanderstelt [Seattle]
11:45 AM11:45

Stir: Discipleship Environments with Jeff Vanderstelt [Seattle]

You may have heard it said that if you make disciples you get a church, but if you start a church you won’t necessarily get disciples. Jeff Vanderstelt is a gifted communicator and seasoned practitioner on this topic. Please join us and expand your skill set to influence generations of disciples (who make disciples).

Guest speaker: Jeff Vanderstelt


Jeff is a pastor, speaker, author, and founder and visionary leader of Saturate and the Soma Family of Churches. He serves as a teaching pastor and Director of Missional Communities at Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA.

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Stir: Discipleship Environments with Jeff Vanderstelt [Portland]
11:45 AM11:45

Stir: Discipleship Environments with Jeff Vanderstelt [Portland]

You may have heard it said that if you make disciples you get a church, but if you start a church you won’t necessarily get disciples. Jeff Vanderstelt is a gifted communicator and seasoned practitioner on this topic. Please join us and expand your skill set to influence generations of disciples (who make disciples).

Guest speaker: Jeff Vanderstelt


Jeff is a pastor, speaker, author, and founder and visionary leader of Saturate and the Soma Family of Churches. He serves as a teaching pastor and Director of Missional Communities at Doxa Church in Bellevue, WA.

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Youth Pastor Retreat
to May 8

Youth Pastor Retreat

Hey Youth pastor!

You’re invited to a retreat designed just for you: no teenagers allowed.

Picture a few days without night patrols, without fishing anyone out of the lake, without needing to tell that one kid to shower before the bus ride home.

Dan Boal, the National Youth Director of The Alliance will be joining us for a few days of community building, leadership development, and some fun!  If you come, it’s guaranteed that you will get some ideas to better your leadership abilities as you lead your youth ministries.  Dan will also talk to us about building a strong leadership team.  This will be a great time to get to know some of your peers, grow in your leadership and hopefully be restful as well.  

What: Youth Pastor Retreat
When: May 6-8, 2019
Where: Black Lake Bible Camp near Olympia, WA
Cost: $99
RSVP to: by April 15th to secure a spot!

See you there!

— Hannah, Amber, and the Alliance Northwest Next Gen team

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Field Forum 2019: Deeper
to Mar 20

Field Forum 2019: Deeper

  • Red Lion Jantzen Beach (map)
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Power to cultivate the mind of Christ

So much more than power over sin! It's an invitation to fully surrender—to follow the lead of the Spirit—to genuinely love people—and to experience a heart filled with joy in all that is ordinary.

You and your leadership team are invited

Once again we are offering scholarships to Alliance Northwest churches for leaders who typically would not be able to attend Field Forum, such as a key board member, part-time staffer, or prominent lay leader. When registering and requesting this scholarship, recipients will be asked to include the name of the lead pastor who invited them.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Call 503-685-9160 for any inquiries.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sunder Krishnan


Sunder was born in India and grew up in the capital city of New Delhi. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked with Atomic Energy of Canada. He became a pastor in 1980, retiring in 2016.

Sunder is a sought-after speaker in and outside of The Alliance, and was recently a featured speaker at Seek 2018. Sunder and his wife, Shyamala, have been married since 1971. They have two grown children, Vijay and Sheila, and six grandchildren.


Registration cost (includes conference and food):
Book before February 24: $214 + Hotel ($138/night for single/double occupancy).
Book after February 24:
$238 + Hotel (hotel standard rates and availability apply).

*When registering the future leader, please select “New attendee invited by a lead pastor” and the Field Office will know to cover their costs.


Lodging will be available at a discounted rate at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, if booked prior to February 24. Please use the following link to book your rooms:


Social/Pip's Donuts

Morning prayers
Youth Pastor Gathering/Starbucks









Creating a contagious Bible reading culture

You can start a Bible reading revolution in your ministry. If you do, lives will be transformed for eternity–guaranteed! With a few basic principles and practices, you and those you lead can learn to regularly hear God’s unique invitation (and challenge) within Scripture to courageously follow Jesus. 

Kendra Shaw
Discipleship and Global Engagement, Alliance Northwest


Increasing your cultural competence

Do you ever sense that you’re a bit tone deaf when relating to people from different cultural contexts?  Loving our neighbors in a changing world means being ready to encounter people from economic, social, ethnic, and generational backgrounds different than our own, or our church’s. Instead of bringing good news, we can unintentionally put people off. This breakout will bring to light ways in which you and your ministry can awaken to cultural differences in order to love others well.

Dr. Debbie Bayes
Intercultural Competencies Specialist
Global Staff, The Alliance


Creating a culture of grace and freedom

Every weekend, men and women come to worship in your church hiding a secret. Research tells us 68% of men and 25% of women in the church are in a battle with pornography and/or other unwanted sexual behavior. As you know, we as leaders struggle as well. And yet only 7% of churches have any specific plan to provide help and hope. In this breakout you’ll discover proven strategies to contend for souls (including your own) by discovering freedom from bondage. The results? Transformed marriages, empowered leaders, mission engagement, and an effective church.

Nick Stumbo
Director, Pure Desire Ministries
Field Leadership Team, Alliance Northwest


Serving kids: getting and keeping great volunteers

Recruiting. Love it or hate it, it’s a huge part of children’s ministry! A simple shift in your mindset towards volunteers may actually have them coming to you. You’ll leave this seminar encouraged and inspired, with practical tools you can use right away and insight into what motivates people to serve.

Melissa MacDonald
Children’s Disciple Making, The Alliance US


Leader self-care from a veteran counselor

The Bible suggests that you are an individual creation—a masterpiece the LORD spent a lot of time pondering before creating. Your design is complex and intentional! Dr. Lane will explore how you can care for yourself and maximize your influence by embracing who God designed you to be. He will also unpack the strategies he’s seen our enemy use to blunt the effectiveness of church leaders over the years.

Dr. Lane Vander Sluis, PsyD.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Seeing children as world changers

What would happen if we set our hearts to raise up a new generation of leaders who would impact the world far more than the world impacts them? This breakout will look at practical ideas and biblical truth to help you believe, lead, and inspire this rising generation (and their parents) to courageously follow Jesus in the world.

Melissa MacDonald
Children’s Disciple Making, The Alliance US


Shepherding an artist’s heart

30% of those under 30 self-define as creatives. They think uniquely, often feel disconnected from the church, and wrestle with their Christian identity. This breakout will look at pathways to help creatives grow in godliness, experience belonging, and flourish as members of your church.

Thomas Terry
Lead Pastor, Trinity Church in Portland, OR
Founder and Executive Director, 
Humble Beast


Sexual discipleship in the church

Who’s talking with our young people about the connection between “following Jesus” and healthy sexuality? There’s a pervasive message from our culture on sexuality, yet youth and parents alike (and everyone else in our churches) often feel ill-equipped to engage in healthy conversations around the issue. Staying quiet isn’t helping us. This session will give you specific strategies that you can implement immediately and pass along to others to generate the life-giving and healing conversations we all desperately need to have about sexuality.

Nick Stumbo
Director, Pure Desire Ministries
Field Leadership Team, Alliance Northwest


Launching a new lifecycle in your church

Leading a church toward a different future can be a daunting journey that requires lots of courage. Come and explore the various components on the pathway to turnaround and discover a new trajectory for your church.  You’ll be encouraged by the experience of others who’ve walked this journey ahead of you.

Dennis Pust
Associate Field Director, Alliance Northwest


Leveraging your board for effective mission

Healthy boards guide effective churches. Leading a healthy board takes intentionality. Our enemy knows that if a church board operates on the basis of power and control, that can be a foothold in the church. Yet boards that are guided by the Spirit and function in peace and unity can lead a church to accomplish great good in the name of Jesus. This breakout will unpack an effective governance framework that is helping facilitate new health in many Alliance churches across our field.

Terry Hippenhammer
Strategic Management Associates
Church Board Mentor, Alliance Northwest

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Reach 2019: "Questions"
to Feb 18

Reach 2019: "Questions"

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3-day retreat for High School students at Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, Oregon!

This year’s theme is “Questions” – to what is Jesus calling us, convicting us, leading us? Come explore these fundamental questions at Reach 2019!

Click here to watch the Reach 2018 highlight video.

Registration is now closed! Contact Amber if you haven’t yet registered and want to attend.

Reach Frequently Asked Questions

Where will REACH be held this year?

Reach will be held again at Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, OR.

Address: 1 Muddy Road, Antelope, OR 97001

Phone #: 541-489-3100


(**We recommend using these directions provided by the Ranch – Google maps/Siri/Map Quest may lead you astray!**)

Very Important Note: the last place to get gas is in Biggs, OR!


Who should I bring to REACH? Why should I come?

This conference is for high school students currently in 9th – 12th grade.   REACH is a discipleship event for returning students, giving them an opportunity to grow in their faith, but also a great opportunity for new students to come and experience God in a safe place! Our hope is for students and leaders to be able to answer two questions: What is God saying to me, and how am I going to respond to that?


When is REACH and what time do we need to arrive?

REACH is over Presidents Day weekend – Friday, February 15, through Monday, February 18, 2019.  REACH registration will be held between 4-8 pm on Friday, Feb 15th.  Student orientation and leaders meeting begins at 8:30 pm.  This is a VERY important meeting, please arrive on time. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to feed your students dinner on Friday evening.  Either eat before you get to the Ranch (the last food stop is in Biggs, OR), or bring a sack dinner.  There will be a snack available that evening and the coffee shop at the Ranch will be open during Registration. REACH ends at noon on Monday.


What does REACH cost? What does this include?

$195 for Early Bird Student Rate and $165 for Early Bird Leaders Rate by January 20, 2019
Registration for Students from January 21 to February 4, 2019 is the Regular rate of $205, and Leaders at $175.
Registration costs include the conference, accommodations, activities and meals for three nights.  There is no cost for kitchen work crew that you bring (see #7)!  Students/leaders may want to bring their own spending money for the coffee house at the Ranch! 


Who will be speaking? What is the Theme?

This year, we will be welcoming two of our very own leaders in the Alliance Northwest: Tina Combs from Hood River Alliance Church and Josh Mann from Fox Island Alliance Church! Our theme this year will be “Questions”, where we will be talking through the questions of Jesus:

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Do You Believe I Can Do This?

Do You Want To Be Well?

Do You Love Me?


What should we expect for spiritual impact?

We would encourage you to begin praying for God to impact your students today. REACH focuses on challenging students to wrestle with relevant topics when it comes to living for Jesus. The focused time in worship and in the spiritual disciplines will help to grow your students and leaders. The leaders you bring with you also play a significant role during REACH.  There will be times set aside where we will be ministering to your leaders; encouraging and equipping them to continue the work with your students once you are back home.  We will also be dividing into huddles again this year, and will be sending you more information for your huddle leaders to prepare as we get closer to the event.  Students will also have the opportunity to choose seminars to attend that will challenge them.


What will meals be like?

We will be eating all meals together in the Dining Hall at the Ranch!  Your meals are included in your base price.  However, EACH GROUP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING ONE KITCHEN VOLUNTEER PER 10 STUDENTS TO SERVE IN THE DINING HALL FOR ALL MEALS!  Work crew volunteers will be housed with the church they came with, but will be serving in the kitchen for the weekend.  They will of course have some time of their own, but please don’t have your youth leaders serve as work crew, unless you have extra youth leaders!  Ask parents or maybe people at your church if they would serve as work crew during the weekend.  They need to be at least 15 years old.


How do we register?

  • Registration is entirely online.  We have a new look to our website!  But you will still go to:, click on news & events on top right and pick Reach under upcoming events. Click the black register button to individually register each student/leader for Reach, with YOUR email address on each registration.  For larger groups, we have given you the option to download a spreadsheet and put your whole groups info in one document, then email that to Amber (, and I will make sure your group gets registered.

  • Once you’ve finished and submitted each registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email from us that gives you payment instructions. You will need to send all checks here to the Portland Field Office (see address at bottom of this e-mail).

  • Need to add more students? Go back to event page and register as needed through Feb 4th!

  •  Once a student is removed from your registration, you are charged the non-refundable $50 fee. Try to find a student to fill that spot and simply email Amber with your substitutions to avoid paying the $50.

  • You do not need to pay for or register your work crew members (1 per 10 people you bring).  I will just need you to email me your work crew members names so I can plug them into housing!

    Registration closes on February 4, 2019, at 5pm.


Will we need a vehicle once we get to REACH?

You are responsible for all transportation to and from the conference.  Once you are at the Ranch, you will stay put throughout the weekend.  Please know that it takes about 3 hours to get to the Ranch from Portland.  Also, the last 30 minutes of the drive is on a gravel road, and there will not be cell reception once you get past Antelope.  Please make sure to drive a vehicle that can handle a gravel road and carry a spare tire with you!  We will have staff roaming the gravel road in case you are in need of assistance!


How will room assignments be made?

We will assign your students to rooms, and you will be given your room assignments upon arrival.  We will do our best to keep all your students in one room or adjoining rooms, depending on the size of your group.  Girls and guys will be in separate housing areas.  The people you bring as work crew members will also be housed with you.


How do we sign in once we arrive?

When you pull into the Ranch you will follow signs to the Canyon side of the Camp, and then you will see volunteers directing you to a lobby where we will register one group at a time.  This means that only group leaders will come inside to check-in, your students will unload vehicles and wait for you to check-in After you have checked your group in, you all will be walked together through campus by staff, and then to the gym where everyone will hang out until we are ready for student orientation and leader meeting.  The coffee house will be open during this time as well. Students will need to bring their own spending money for the coffee house.


How can we be sure our students are safe and cared for?

The care and supervision of students is the responsibility of the leaders who bring them.   Each church is required to bring one youth leader for every seven students per gender.  Youth Leaders need to be age 21 or older.  We have five basic rules that you need to help your students follow:

  1. Follow the schedule and participate in what is being offered.

  2. No one is permitted to leave the Ranch except for emergency medical care.

  3. Guys and girls will not be allowed in each other’s rooms.

  4. Behave in a manner that honors Christ and communicates his love to others.

  5. No tobacco, alcohol, non-prescription drugs or weapons are allowed.

In the unlikely event of an emergency, we ask that you notify REACH staff, but it is your responsibility to have your students medical forms on hand and take them to the hospital (if necessary).  We will have professional medical staff on site.


What should each student bring?

Bring your bible, pen, casual/warm clothes, sneakers, towel, toiletries and a warm coat.  No need to bring a sleeping bag, bedding is provided.  It is optional to bring spending money for the coffee shop.  There is a skate park in the gym, so if your students would like to do this they need to bring their own boards and gear.


What are activities outside of seminars and sessions?

A Giant Swing, Climbing Walls, Foosball, Basketball, Volleyball, 9 Square in the air, skateboard ramps, coffee shop with board games, large group games, crafting and more!

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CMAlliance Kids Event at Portland Hmong Alliance Church
8:00 AM08:00

CMAlliance Kids Event at Portland Hmong Alliance Church

Join Melissa MacDonald (National Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist with The Alliance) as she leads a Children’s and Youth Ministry training day in Portland, Oregon.

Doors will open for registration at 8:00 AM and breakfast will be provided. 

Training will start at 9:00 AM  and conclude at 3:45 PM 

For information on registration, please click here.

Breakfast, lunch and beverage will be provided.  We are asking a $10 registration fee per person.

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Venture: Women Responding to Our Call in the World
9:30 AM09:30

Venture: Women Responding to Our Call in the World

Following Jesus into the world is central to who we are! We represent him in all we do! As women, we are essential in Jesus' mission to make disciples where we live, in our communities, and to the ends of the earth. Venture is a one-day event to encourage and inspire us toward this.

You are invited to a day of connecting, worshipping, and considering how our God can use you right now and right where you are. Grab a friend and bring an expectant heart to extend your influence in the name of Jesus.

Registration is $30, and covers all you'll need for the day, including refreshments and lunch.

To register, email Joy Newburn.

Venture is co-sponsored by Great Commission Women and Alliance Northwest.

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CMAlliance Kids Seminar at East Hills Alliance
9:00 AM09:00

CMAlliance Kids Seminar at East Hills Alliance

Melissa MacDonald, Children's Disciplemaking Specialist from CMAlliance Kids, will be at East Hills Alliance in Kelso, Washington, to conduct a half-day seminar on "Loving the Busy Kids" and "The Art of Story." All children's ministry workers/pastors are welcome!

The cost is $10 and includes lunch after the seminar. For more information, contact Joleen Runnels at

Seminar synopses:

Art of the Story
2016’s most popular seminar! Kids learn in story and it is by far the best medium for catching their attention, keeping it, and communicating a point. This seminar explores different storytelling techniques and also helps you develop your own stories in a way that will powerfully communicate with kids. If you speak to kids at any level this seminar is a must!

Loving the Busy Kids
Kids today are busy and oftentimes hard to control. This seminar explores ways to better love our “busy kids”. Going further than a simple list of rules or discipline techniques this gives you a framework and practical ways to help maintain control while reaching kids where they are at. You’ll be challenged and encouraged as you look at your kids in a new light.

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MacDonald's bio:

Passionate about the church and about kids, Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. She currently serves as the national Children’s Disciplemaking Consultant for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. With a fresh and unique perspective Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. She’s been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits. Find out more at 

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Prepare to Plant at Bootcamp
to Aug 23

Prepare to Plant at Bootcamp

Practice may make perfect, but training makes teams and individuals effective

Alliance Northwest Bootcamp is a FREE three-day event led by experienced church planters and leaders, designed to develop your understanding of your ministry context, values, vision, strategy, and structures. Additionally, you will develop great connections with other leaders around the Field.

Bootcamp is a chance to learn from those who have been where you are, and understand what it's like. The three days are a mix of teaching, lab time, and interactions with other teams. 

This event is great for students, those considering church planting, a church planter and spouse, a church planting core team, and has also been hugely beneficial for those leading existing churches.

A church planter from Southern Oregon said this:

Never plant a church without Bootcamp.  The invaluable thing that Bootcamp did for our launch team is it forced us to extract vision.  We would never have been able to duplicate the intensity of the experience on our own.  Leaving Bootcamp with a team that has clarity of vision has been the foundation of our unity and success.

Registration Details:

Registration and meals for this event are free, provided by Northwest Church Planting.

Bootcamp will take place at East Park Church in Vancouver, Washington. We will reserve a block of rooms for attendees at a nearby hotel, so please contact us if you will be needing accommodations.  If reserving a room will be a financial burden for you, scholarships will be available based on need.

For more information or to sign up for this event, contact Amber at or 503-685-9160. 

Reservation deadline is August 6.

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CAMA Kids Camp
to Aug 11

CAMA Kids Camp

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Fly with Faith


This year campers will explore the theme "Fly with Faith" as they embark on a week of faith building adventures. CAMA Camp is located at the Environmental Learning Center Facility at Millersylvania State Park, just southeast of Olympia, Washington.  If you would like more information on how CAMA Camp can inspire your youth in grades 4 - 7, please check out the CAMA Camp website. 

For additional information and promotional materials to use in your church, please contact:

Duane Weaver
CAMA Camp Director
Children's Pastor Smokey Point Community Church

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Field Forum 2018: "The Call"
to Apr 25

Field Forum 2018: "The Call"

Field Forum, the Alliance Northwest annual leadership gathering in Portland, Oregon, is coming in April 2018. This year's theme is "The Call".

The Call

Jesus extended a call to a few regular people who ended up changing the world. History repeatedly shows that when ordinary people grasp hold of this call and lean into the Spirit of Jesus, lives are totally transformed. This same call beckons us today.

Knowing the call with deep clarity and conviction is powerful. Having a shared understanding and common commitment to that call is much more powerful.  From it, we can help each other see through the unending expectations of others, the “latest and greatest” solutions for everything, and the rapid cultural change we all face in ministry. There’s strength in numbers.
Jesus’ call hasn’t changed. Field Forum 2018 is about hearing and seeking to respond again to the call of Jesus on our lives to follow him – together as a family of leaders.


Registration Details

We want to invest in future leaders of the church. Do you have someone in your church that God is calling into ministry or you see God moving toward leadership in your church? If this is you and you’re licensed, you are invited to pray for and invite an additional leader or emerging leader from your church. The Field Office will cover registration costs for the unlicensed leader.

We're moving to a new, larger location (the Red Lion on the Portland side of the Columbia River) to provide room for you to include additional leaders for this special event. And, we've already begun planning Field Forum 2018 in order to make it an event that will catalyze your church's health, and its ability to effectively make and deploy discipled leaders who live out the mission of God.

Registration cost (includes conference and food):
Book before April 1: $211 + Hotel ($134/night for single/double occupancy).
Book after April 1: $235 + Hotel (
$134/night for single/double occupancy).

Registration is now closed.
*When registering the future leader, please select “Emerging Leader” and the Field Office will know to cover their costs.


Field Forum '18 Keynote Speaker

Jo Saxton, Chair of the Board for 3DM, author, and podcast host, will be the keynote speaker at Field Forum '18.

Her message challenges listeners to engage in missional living and discipleship, empowers women to lean into their leadership and influence, and equips leaders to lead from the inside out and reframe their vision and purpose.


Featured Speaker: Rick McKinley

Rick McKinley serves as Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Community.  He and his wife, Jeanne, and their four kids moved to Portland, Oregon in October of 2000 to plant the church.  Since then, Imago Dei has been voted one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Churches in the Country by Outreach Magazine and Portland Monthly Magazine named Rick one of Portland’s 50 Most Influential People.


Featured Speaker: Randy Shaw




In anticipation of Field Forum 2018: The Call (April 23-25 in Portland, Oregon), here are all 9 breakouts during the event. With topics ranging from engaging youth in the 21st Century to finding momentum for plateauing churches, there's sure to be something to pique everyone's interest.



There is a clear pattern God uses to develop Kingdom leaders. It is evident both in the Bible and in Christian leaders throughout history.  Knowing what that pattern is helps the emerging leader prioritize their development and rest along the way, knowing God is working His plan. This breakout can help you know where you are at in the process and intentionally participate in where God is taking you.

Dave and Elena Reynolds; 
Dave is the Western Region Team Leader for Multiplication, The Alliance US



We all hear what can be discouraging, challenging – and even scary – news regarding the declining interest and engagement of younger generations in the church. But within the new realities of our context there is an exceedingly hopeful future! This breakout will unpack encouraging and simple constructs to help you understand the complex changes we face and present ideas to consider as you position your church for continued effectiveness.

Dr. Tim Osborn; 
Lead Pastor, Mosaic


DEVELOPING LEADERS 101                                            

Where do I start if I want to be intentional about developing leaders in my ministry? This breakout will help frame a biblical way to think about discipling leaders, and help you develop doable steps to implement a plan to identify, develop, and deploy influencers in the mission of Jesus.

Jason Simmonds;
Leadership Development, Networks,
Alliance Northwest Field Office



There is great wisdom in focusing on the few in order to minister to the many. Matt Hannan learned to follow that wisdom and has developed leaders using a strategy of “deeper, not wider.” One place he focused was in starting and leading a teaching team, without using elaborate or expensive resources. In this breakout, he’ll unpack what he’s learned and share the huge rewards he’s discovered for both his congregation and for him personally.

Dr. Matt Hannan;
Lead Pastor, New Heights - meeting in several locations across Clark County, WA 



There are likely women in your church with a call to lead, pastor, or speak. Far too often women have ministry dreams and a God-ordained call to serve, but don’t see an open door to develop as a leader. If you are seeking to discover, draw out, develop, and deploy women as leaders in your ministry area, this breakout is a great place to gather some ideas to get started.                                                                                                                                            

Anya Holcomb;
Pastor Refugee Ministries, Salem Alliance

Melissa Jackson;
Worship leader & Teaching Team, Cle Elum Alliance

Randy Shaw,
Field Director, Alliance Northwest



Throughout the history of youth ministry much has changed and morphed in order to address the ever-changing youth culture. While there are timeless principles that serve youth ministry, effectiveness increasingly requires innovation. Through a quick assessment of today’s youth culture, we can measure what is effective, and then explore practical ways to engage a new generation of students and their families.                                                                                  

James Grout; 
Former Youth Pastor & National Director for Youth with The Alliance,
Currently with One Child Matters



One study indicated that 83% of all Jesus followers commit their lives to him between the ages of 4 and 14, yet the American church is rapidly declining with each generation. A vibrant, effective children’s ministry is imperative for a thriving church that reaches the lost of every age. What practices, systems, and volunteers create this environment? We dream of seeing churches making bold and wise moves to reach the next generation! Come join us as we discuss how.                                                                       

Kim Harris;
Pastor for Staff & Operations, Mosaic

Connor Durr;
Pastor for Students, Mosaic



Nearly 70% of churches are either plateaued or in decline. Leading one of these churches takes unique “know how” and courage. Jump into this breakout and you’ll hear from a couple of pastors who’ve done it, the overarching principles of a church’s lifecycle, and strategies you can use to rediscover new momentum and health in your church.

Dennis Pust;
Church Health & Pastoral Care
Alliance Northwest Field Office



What could happen if together we believed God could create a regional, church-based educational model that raises up the next generation of pastors and international leaders who are debt-free and field-ready?  Salem Alliance is running Reach Training Institute (RTI) and Snoqualmie Valley Alliance runs Biblical Institute of Seattle (BIOS).  These churches have pioneered a new educational model and today it’s getting traction! At this breakout, you’ll be challenged to consider the potential of this educational model, hear from a recent graduate, and two current students, one of which is getting credit for hands-on service in a local church. Jump in and consider the possibilities of working together as the Alliance Northwest family to raise up a new generation of men and women for the coming harvest. 

Steve Fowler;
Lead Pastor, Salem Alliance

Dr. Monty Wright;
Lead Pastor, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance

Dr. Steve Dangaran;
Dean, RTI

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More: Great Commission Women's 2018 Retreat
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More: Great Commission Women's 2018 Retreat

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The yearly Great Commission Women's conference takes place March 23-25 at the Cannon Beach Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon. 

This year's event is entitled "More":

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
— Isaiah 61:1
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us...
— Ephesians 3:20

Sara Waldvogel will be the featured speaker, and Lisa Reiff will lead worship. Scroll down to read their bios.



Registration (includes room and 3 meals) is $242 for a Beach room and $232 for a N & E Haven or Tides room.

Register by phone by contacting Cannon Beach Conference Center: 800-745-1546. Make checks payable to Cannon Beach Conference Center.

Questions? Contact Charlotte Duke. 

Note: Lodging is double occupancy or more in one room. Register early to get your preferred accommodations. ($40 discounts for retired International Workers are available, contact Charlotte Duke)



Registration @ 3pm
Evening Session @ 7pm

Morning Session @ 10am
Evening Session @ 7pm

Morning Session @ 10am



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Sara Waldvogel
Sara was born in Memphis, TN and attended the University of Memphis. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education and also met a charming Yankee from Chicago, her future husband, Rick!

On the surface, Sara’s adult life appeared “perfect.” She cherished her loving husband and her beautiful children and she enjoyed multiple vacations and a beautiful home. Sara also faithfully attended her church and volunteered excessively. The many women’s clubs and children’s activities filled her life. Yet, she had no idea why she was depressed, lonely, experiencing panic attacks, and feeling desperately afraid? Our Almighty God opened her eyes and heart to His Power and Love and showed her His Truth...rather than what she thought was her truth. Over a difficult period of time of struggle, Jesus changed the direction of her life and gave her a hunger for God’s Word.

Today Sara’s Joy comes from helping others fulfill their God given potential. She has dedicated the last 30 years serving the Lord by sharing with others the love, freedom, assurance, and peace that is found in a beautiful relationship with Jesus Christ.

Sara served fifteen years as a Leader and Substitute Teacher for Bible Study Fellowship International in the Dallas, Texas area. She was a speaker at several Pepperdine University Bible Lectureships, and numerous Dallas area Church Retreats and Women Luncheons. Over the years she has written and facilitated many 6 week Bible Studies for women.

Sara has lived in Clinton, on Whidbey Island, for the last 5 years and she is a member of the Island Church of Whidbey. She now serves as Secretary and Member At Large on the Governing Authority Board, as the Women’s Ministries Vice Chair and teacher. She also participates on the Prayer Team and is a Life Group Leader.

She has been asked to speak at several local women’s retreats “Making All Things New” - Christian Life Center in Freeland, WA; “Joy and Patience” - Grace By the Sea Anglican Church in Oak Harbor, WA; and “Finding Joy” - the Island Church of Whidbey in Langley, WA.

Sara and Rick have been married for 47 years and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Lisa Reiff
Lisa has a passion for leading women in praise and worship, out of a grateful heart and an overflow of God’s faithfulness in her life. Her desire is for others to see the goodness of God and be drawn by the Lord into the deep place of worship where hearts and

lives can be renewed, restored and changed by His faithful love. Lisa is a traveling worship leader and also owns a vocal studio where she teaches young people to sing and perform. She has been married to her husband, Boomer, for 26 years. They live in Tualatin, OR.

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