2015 Conference
Culture, Calling and Commissioning
Unfortunately, the conference scheduled for October 6-8 needed to be cancelled/postponed. Keep checking for when it is rescheduled.

Clearwater Lodge, Davis Lake
8513 Hwy 211, Newport, Washington

Located on 500 wooded, lakeside acres at the foot of the Selkirk Mountain Range in Northeastern Washington, Clearwater Lodge and Camp Spalding offer an outstanding natural environment for our Small Church Conference.
William P. (Bill) Robinson is president emeritus of Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He served as Whitworth's 17th president from 1993 to 2010, after previously serving as president of Manchester College, in Indiana, from 1986 to 1993. His tenure as Whitworth's president was the second longest and one of the most influential in the university's history.

Plenary speaker: Dr. Bill Robinson
Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology, Whitworth University
Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary
New Testament Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland; University of Tübingen, Germany
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A. Whitworth University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty: 1997 

Areas of Specialization / Expertise:
Old and New Testament; the Gospels and life of Jesus; Biblical Hebrew; Koine Greek; history of early Christianity; Reformation; German church struggle, communist East Germany; the Holocaust.

Leading the Very Small Church - Rev. George Eastman
Rev. George Eastman has spent the last six years leading a church with 11 members, and recently began serving a church on an Indian reservation with average Sunday worship attendance of 10-15. This workshop will involve plenty of discussion, as well as presentation by George.

Reflections on the Water - Brenda Norton
Overlooking the beautiful Davis Lake we’re given the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ ministry on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We’ll use stories from Jesus’ life that revolve around the sea and images of water in his teachings to guide our reflection.

Organic Leadership Development - Rev. Bruce Sexton, d.Min.
In this workshop we will explore the life story and leadership development of Joseph from Genesis 37-50 using J. Robert Clinton’s leadership emergence process. We will explore the stages of development and challenges in the life of Joseph. Then, each participant will examine significant events, circumstances and people that have influenced their personal leadership development.

Networking to Lead Better - Rev. Jim Deal & Phyllis Tincher
In ministry, isolation can lead to loneliness and less effective ministry. Jim and Phyllis will share how networking with other small church leaders has enhanced their ministry, and share a vision for how the 2 or 3 Network envisions expanding its small church ministry beyond conferences to an on-going network of mutually supportive small church leaders 

Worship Dynamics - Keith Petersen
Led by our worship leader for the conference, this workshop will focus on worship music, worship team dynamics, and planning for worship. The workshop should appeal to both those who lead worship weekly, and those who want to find out more about worship leading in general.

Morning Devotions
Each morning, begin your day by joining us for a short devotional time, consisting of singing praise to God, interspersed with time for silent prayer, and scripture reading. Come, and find strength to answer our call by spending time with the Lord…
Morning devotions will be led by Rev. Jim Deal, a member of the planning team and a musician; and Keith Peterson, our worship leader for the conference.
Housing Descriptions
The mission of Clearwater Lodge and Camp Spalding is to provide meaningful Christian programming in an exceptional natural setting where – apart from the daily routine – people of all ages may encounter Jesus Christ and grow deeper in their relationship with Him.

Located on 500 wooded, lakeside acres at the foot of the Selkirk Mountain Range in Northeastern Washington, Clearwater Lodge and Camp Spalding offer an outstanding natural environment for Christian summer camps, weekend conferences, and mid-week retreats.

Over the years, thousands of young lives have been eternally changed during summer camp experiences at Camp Spalding. And with the opening of Clearwater Lodge in late 1999, God is at work in the lives of our adult guests throughout the mid-year, as well. And that legacy of outreach and discipleship is having a greater impact today than ever before. Summer camp attendance continues to set new attendance records, and participants in all Christian programs – summer camps, adult conferences, youth retreats – has more than tripled in the past decade.

Since it was founded by area Presbyterian churches in 1957, our site has seen numerous physical, program and management improvements over the years. And yet the dream of the ministry’s founders – of a place for people of all ages to hear the Gospel message and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ – remains the solid foundation upon which we continue to build.

God has given Clearwater Lodge and Camp Spalding a wonderful heritage. And with the dramatic growth in attendance, programs and facilities in recent years, we are grateful for God’s guidance and blessing during this truly exciting chapter in the history of our ministry.

Brief descriptions and some pictures of rooms.

Additional information and pictures - http://clearwaterlodge.org/guest-groups.
Conference Cost
Early Bird Registration by August 31
Lodge (per person):
   Quad Occupancy - $205
   Double Occupancy - $225
   Married Couple (per couple) - $400
   Single Occupancy - $350
Ponderosa (per person):
   Up to Five People - $195
Additional Day: $75 per person, includes lodging Monday evening, plus Tuesday breakfast and lunch
The cost includes lodging Tuesday and Wednesday evenings plus 5 meals: dinner on Tuesday through breakfast on Thursday. Click for more detailed housing information or scroll further down this page.
Pacific Northwest
Wee Kirk (Small Church) Conference

Pacific Northwest
Wee Kirk (Small Church) Conference
Plenary speaker: Dr. Jim Edwards
Regular Registration after August 31
Lodge (per person):
   Quad Occupancy - $225
   Double Occupancy - $245
   Married Couple (per couple) - $435
   Single Occupancy - $390
Ponderosa (per person):
   Up to Five People - $220
Additional Day: $85 per person, includes lodging Monday evening, plus Tuesday breakfast and lunch
With uncommon clarity, Robinson understood and articulated the "Grand Paradox" of Whitworth's mission to uphold Christian conviction and intellectual curiosity as complementary rather than competing values. Inspired by Robinson's leadership, Whitworth students, faculty and staff joined with alumni, donors and friends to achieve record levels of freshman applications, enrollment and retention; $83 million in campus improvements; and a $75 million increase in the university's endowment.

In his role as president emeritus, Robinson works closely with Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and the university's institutional advancement staff on external relations. He also writes and speaks widely on leadership, organizational culture and communication in corporate, non-profit and ministry settings.

Worship Leader: Keith Petersen
Keith grew up on a corn farm in Burbank, WA. At age 7, his dad began teaching him piano lessons, and he began to play music in church during middle school. When he is not on the basketball court or snowboarding in the mountains, he is often found playing and singing on various worship teams. Keith graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA in 2007 with a degree in church music and served as Worship Pastor at South Hills Church in Kennewick, WA from 2010-13. Now he focuses much of his efforts on joining the wider Body of Christ in the Tri-Cities area by providing worship nights that are open to all. His greatest joy is to see the Body of Christ unifying hearts and voices to give Jesus all the praise. 
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