Pacific Northwest Religion: Doing It Different, Doing It Alone

Patricia O’Connell Killen is the primary editor of the book Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest.  Professor Killen has worked regularly with Northwest pastors,...

Get to know Bill Gibson

Welcome Bill Gibson, PNW's Director of Strategic Faith Community Development! Bill Gibson is a cultural analyst, semiotician, and theological entrepreneur, working as the Director of...

Ross takes Vital Church to the Local Church

Today the Oregon-Idaho Conference learned that the Rev. Stephan Ross, Director of the Vital Church Project in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, has accepted an appointment...

John Helmiere Receives Beatitudes Society Fellowship

SANTA BARBARA, CA (May 1, 2012) ‐ The Beatitudes Society has announced that John Helmiere, Yale Divinity School, ‘10, has been awarded a $10,000...

Recognizing local church achievements, extraordinary service by members at #pnwac16

Recognizing local church achievements, extraordinary service by members at #pnwac16 By Teri Tobey with Jesse N. Love Puyallup, Wash. - The PNWAC 2016 Awards Banquet honored...

Off to a Creative, New Start!

By Rev. Dr. William D. Gibson | Director of Strategic Faith Community Development In a 2015 report, Professor James Wellman of the University of Washington, noted...

Be Like Water: Lessons from a church planter

"What Dennis uncovered was that within every community, people are looking for leadership and for answers." Rev. Shalom Agtarap recently spent some time with Rev. Dennis Paschke, gleaning some insights gained from his work leading Orting UMC outward toward its community.

insideout: Dispelling the Myth of Best Practices

This episode of insideout explores the essential role of deep listening in fostering true innovation, and what that means for a church often fixated on ‘best practices.’ According to Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Gibson, “it’s a mistake to think that a best practice is a silver bullet answer for a declining church that lacks innovation and creativity.”

Are you longing to be revived?

"Are you longing to be revived? To have your faith renewed? To see your neighborhood awakened to new possibilities?" 'Ordinary Revivals' across the Greater NW Area, like one planned in Portland June 29-30, hope to connect people in churches with the movement of God’s re-creation in the communities that surround them.

Eradicate Boring Worship Experiences!

By the Rev. Curtis Brown | Director of Faith Community Development I confess that I'm sometimes bored during worship, even when I'm a worship leader.  My...

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