Author: GPNW2020




Submitted by Kim Naten, GPNW Mission Center President

We’ve been home from World Conference and Independence, Missouri now for about 3 weeks, which seems like a long time. . .  but also feels like yesterday.  The experience of attending this triennial event (give or take a year when a pandemic occurs) leaves deep and memorable impressions, and for me, sometimes it takes a few minutes (or weeks) to adequately process and share that experience. 

While I’d love to give you a day-by-day (or even hour-by-hour!) summary of World Conference, I’ll resist that urge and share some highlights, observations and outcomes.  For those of you anxious to learn the outcomes of the many Resolutions we attempted to discuss, those are provided at the end of my reflections.

As I reflected on the week, I realized that it’s easy to fall into our routines in terms of our own congregational and even our mission center worships, events, and traditions.  We read the bi-monthly issue of the Herald and see stories and pictures of “Community of Christ” all over the world but for the most part, I find myself wondering sometimes, how is it we are all part of the same faith community yet experience “church” so very differently?

We talk about being a worldwide, global faith community but we rarely have the opportunity to experience that diverse community, to gather, discuss, sing and worship with members of Community of Christ from around the world – to listen to the hopes, the joys, the concerns and the deep commitment of our members in other languages, to hear voices singing joyous praise songs in Swahili, French, Spanish, German, Tahitian . . .  unless we have the good fortune to attend a World Conference.

My experience at Conference opened my eyes in a new way – perhaps because this is the first Conference I’ve attended as a world church employee, so I know a little more of the behind-the-scenes happenings and World Church leaders than I did in previous World Conference experiences, I don’t know.  For whatever reasons, during this Conference experience, I saw who we ARE.  Who we truly are in this world.  I saw it in countless ways – worship, legislative meetings, listening to perspectives from life experiences far different than my own . . . and I witnessed a deep and abiding commitment to bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world.  Not, as we tend to think here in western culture, of US bringing the gospel to “THEM” – but of each of us being recipients of that Good News from many sources, cultures, and peoples: new songs, different languages, different expressions of praise than what we might be accustomed to, etc.  The blessing of listening to a prayer in French or Spanish or Tahitian, knowing that while I may not understand what is being said, God hears it – and that can be enough.  I can pray right along with the Pray-er without understanding the words, but listening with my heart.

One observation made early in (and which was consistent throughout) the week was a change in leadership styles:  Full disclosure – I have only been going to World Conference since 2013, so I don’t have a very broad frame of reference for leadership styles of the First Presidency prior to Steve Veazey’s appointment, nor that of the Council of Twelve prior to 2013.  AND I missed the 2019 Conference, so really, I fully admit that my depth of experience here is fairly shallow.  However, I’ve heard about World Conferences for decades from friends and relatives, so I’ve developed an understanding or image of what it has likely looked like for many years.  What stood out to me THIS year was a noticeable shift in “decorum” from the rostrum.  A lightheartedness, almost jovial feeling seemed to be the norm, at least at the beginning of each legislative session.  Now I’ve sensed this in the past, but this year seemed a little different.  I’ve always found President Veazey to be pretty easygoing, approachable and humorous from the rostrum.  Perhaps with the announcement of his retirement in two years, a weight has lifted from him, as he seemed more relaxed this year.  Scott Murphy and Stassi Cramm, the other 2 members of the First Presidency, also seemed more lighthearted than in previous years.  I’m sure this could stem from a number of reasons in both their personal and professional lives, but I will say – it was refreshing.  There was a JOYFULNESS emanating from the rostrum into the gathered body, and it was contagious.  By the end of the week, I truly felt as if our interactions as a faith community and as fellow disciples were just as important, if not more so, than the legislative procedures and debates in which we participated. 

A significant change in tradition occurred during the Communion Service.  While the serving of the emblems was a totally new experience (emblems prepared in advanced and packaged in little paper bags, with notes of blessing from around the world included inside, served from baskets by servers) in many ways, what was a significant change from “tradition” occurred from the rostrum . . .or rather, without the rostrum.  Members of the Leadership Council – the First Presidency, the Presiding Bishopric, the Council of Twelve and the Presidents of Seventy – were positioned throughout the Auditorium, and once the Communion servers had served the body, the members of the Leadership Council served the servers.  They did not sit on the rostrum to be served as in the past, but instead modeled SERVANT LEADERSHIP by serving others.  We have not frequently seen this principle acted out so visually.  It was a profound moment for me as I watched, and was served by, people who have sacrificially accepted the call to serve and to lead Community of Christ into the future, modeling Jesus Christ in a significant, symbolic and humble act of service. 

Along the same lines, I had a couple of opportunities to participate in the legislative process, either by moving and speaking to a resolution, or, more significantly, by questioning and even challenging the Chair to better understand the decisions made during that process.  In each of these instances, I felt valued and heard, and even validated when the Chair acted on one of our concerns the following morning.  I’m not sure how many people in other denominations and religions can say that they have questioned or challenged their church leaders and have had the same experience I did. 

World Conference is a busy, busy week, to be sure: Legislative sessions, meetings of priesthood and disciple quorums, caucuses, and orders, shared meals, “lunch and learn” sessions, and of course, worship experiences fill each day.  Our experiences and memories of these events come down to one thing, for me at least:  RELATIONSHIPS!  New relationships are discovered and forged; old friendships are renewed and strengthened; friends we’ve “met” on social media are suddenly standing before us in 3D!  Each moment of my World Conference experience is remembered and cherished because of the relationships surrounding them.  Whether I was serving Communion with one dear friend whom I’d not seen in several years and one new friend I’d only recently met on Facebook, or watching two beloved colleagues and friends move into new ministerial roles (one of which includes being my new supervisor), or sharing the joy and excitement of several of our delegates experiencing World Conference for the first time, I was profoundly moved, grateful and blessed by the opportunity to observe and participate in this experience.  Relationships are at the core of who we are as Community of Christ.  Our relationships with one another are rooted in, and a reflection of, our relationship with Jesus Christ, with God, and with the Holy Spirit. If we are to healthy, whole and loving relationships with the Divine, we must nurture our relationships with one another.

Our next World Conference will be in TWO SHORT YEARS! (After which, we’ll be back on our triennial schedule.)  2025 will be here before we know it, so I encourage you to begin your planning NOW!  Start saving vacation time and money so that you can experience this amazing, often life-changing event.  Be a voice in the direction Community of Christ will go in the future!  Be there to witness the setting apart of our next President and Prophet of the Church!  I look forward to seeing YOU in Independence in June of 2025!

Here is the link for the summary of official Community of Christ summary of legislative items. 

Click on this link for more updates and summaries from World Conference.

“Coming Out” Monologues: Listen to the Sacred Stories of the LGBTQIA+ Community

“Coming Out” Monologues: Listen to the Sacred Stories of the LGBTQIA+ Community

Submitted by Sean Langdon, Rocky Mountain Mission Center President

A few years ago, my friend Dylan and I attended an event called the “Coming Out” Monologues in Portland, OR. It was an evening of celebration, vulnerability, and courage. Six individuals shared deeply and authentically their Coming Out stories with those gathered. There were tears, there was laughter, and there was a strong sense of safe space and supportive community. Various sexual orientations and gender identities were represented that night. A mother of a trans child even shared from their perspective as an ally and then the child bravely shared with the audience. As Dylan and I continued to reflect on that experience, we knew that we wanted to create a similar experience for a Community of Christ audience. So, during the Pride month that follower, we hosted Chapter 1 of the Community of Christ “Coming Out” Monologues in June 2021. We are now preparing for Chapters 6 and 7 to take place in the remainder of 2023.

We invite all to join on Zoom and listen with open hearts, ears, and minds to the sacred stories of those within the LGBTQIA+ community as well as those who journey with them. To help preserve the sacred practice of listening, the chat feature is turned off until the end of the event. In respect for the vulnerability of the stories shared, we do not record the monologues. We invite folks to join and be fully present to what is unfolding in the lives of our storytellers. These are stories from our journey, past and current, with hope shared for the journey forward.

Our next two “Coming Out” Monologues will be:

  • Friday, June 30: “The Story of Who I Am: Authentic Stories of Truth and Hope”. Help us close Pride month on a high note by listening to the stories shared during Chapter 6 of the monologues.
  • Wednesday, October 11: Join us on National Coming Out Day for Chapter 7 of the monologues.

Storytellers for both Chapters will be shared as we get closer to their respective events.

If you are in the LGBTQIA+ community and associated with Community of Christ and are interested in sharing your story during a future monologue, please contact Sean Langdon (

These 2-hour events will begin at the following times: 6:30p PT / 7:30p Mt / 8:30p CT / 9:30P ET.

How to connect to the “Coming Out” monologues:

Join us by using the following Zoom Link:

Alternatively, to join by phone and listen in, use this number: 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 851 8667 0433
Passcode: 942012

The Community of Christ “Coming Out” Monologues is co-sponsored by Beyond Horizons and Harmony. Beyond Horizons is a New Expression of Community focused on relational ministry for the LGBTQIA+ and Allies Community in the Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center. Harmony is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, education, and resources for Queer voices in Community of Christ with a shared vision of full participation.

Online RCYW Training Now Available!

Online RCYW Training Now Available!

I am happy to announce the release of our online Registered Child & Youth Worker (RCYW) Training. This will help our mission center be more efficient in processing RCYW Applications since most applicants will no longer need to wait until we can offer a training. This online training will also allow our many RCYW’s to take their refresher course every 3-5 years at a time that works with their schedule. If someone does not have access to internet, they should connect me at the contact information below so that arrangements can be made.

Here is how the process will work for those needing to take the training as a new applicant or as a refresher course:

  1. Watch the training video (80 minutes):
    1. If helpful, here is a note sheet that you can use while taking the training: click here.
  2. Take the RCYW Training Quiz:
    1. Once you complete the training, I will contact you to confirm whether or not you received credit for the training and to review any potential incorrect answers.

For those wanting to apply to become a RCYW, please continue:

  • Complete the fillable application and turn in to your pastor. RCYW Application: click here.
    • Helpful Notes:
      • Applicant should not use references related to them or the pastor reviewing the form.
      • Applicants need to be at least 15 years of age and older and be connected with Community of Christ for at least 6 months.
        • RCYW Assistants: Age 15-20
        • Registered Child & Youth Workers: 21 and older
      • Applicant must become a RCYW within a year of taking the course. If not, they will likely need to take the training again before application can be processed.
      • The application must be processed and approved within 6 months from the time that the form is dated.

If you have any questions related to the RCYW guidelines or this process, please contact Brooke Schlenker (

GPNW Reunions 2023: Register Today!

GPNW Reunions 2023: Register Today!

Registration begins April 1st, 2023.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS Please notify Jill Brunette (, 425-207-8712) of your need to cancel as soon as possible. Refunds will be made as follows: • Before Registration Fee deadline: 100% • On or after Registration Fee deadline, prior to the first day of reunion: 2/3 • On or after first day of reunion: No refunds 

PART-TIME & DROP-IN WITH NO OVERNIGHT STAY ON SITE • No Overnight On-Site Stay – If you will attend reunion for any amount of time and will not stay overnight on site, RSVP directly with the Reunion Director, who will confirm your payment amount, to be paid on site. Reunion Registration is not required. Any overnight stay, for any length of time, requires registration. 


DATES: June 25-30, 2023

THEME: God, Where is your spirit Leading Next?

Enjoy the renewal of friendships and the wide range of ages joining in fun and fellowship at Lewis River Reunion! Families gather around the creek. Children and grandchildren play with glee. Teens reconnect with old friends. Adults gather for chats under a tree. The adventurous explore the waterfalls up the hill or swim in the river below. Music, laughter, learning, new opportunities for discipleship, and sharing one’s heart are all possibilities within the week’s experience.

REUNION MINISTRY: Mike Hoffman and Ashley Whitham

DIRECTOR TEAM CONTACT: Debbie Pineda, 360-747-1333,

EARLY BIRD PRICES: $100 per camper (age 5+)/$375 per family by May 26, 2023

REGULAR PRICES: $125 per camper (age 5+)/$450 per family by June 9, 2023

‘Family’ is up to 2 adults and 6 kids or 4 adults residing in same household. Part time prices available on registration site.


DATES: July 30 – August 5, 2023

THEME: God, Where is Your Spirit Leading Next?

Building on the extraordinary experience of Samish Reunion 2022, we ask God, “Where is your Spirit leading next?”. We are planning and preparing many fun activities for the whole camp to enjoy as we ponder and seek exciting answers to this question. Camp will bring many traditions of our Samish Island history to the forefront along with creating new opportunities to share in fellowship and reconnect in community. Worship, Recreation, Classes, Salmon BBQ, Arts & Crafts and Campfires will weave into a relaxing week that we hope everyone can attend.

As always, we need YOU to make this highly anticipated camp a success. Where do you see yourself helping out? Teaching a class? Leading Arts & Crafts or Recreational Activities? Music Ministry? Bring your talents and join us for an “EPIC 2023 SAMISH REUNION!!”

REUNION MINISTRY: Ron Harmon, Shandra Newcom and Donald Welch

DIRECTORS: Erin McClaskey, Team Lead/Contact: 206-914-4449 and Jannette Harrison, Contact: 206-355-6851


By June 30By July 14
Early Bird PriceRegular PriceStayCamper
$300$360full timeAdult (12+) – first two, each
$240$300full timeAdult (12+) – each additional
$210$240full timeYouth (ages 6-11)
$30$30full timeChild (ages 0-5)
$50$60part timeAdult (12+) – first two, each, per day
$40$50part timeAdult (!2+) – each additional, per day
$35$40part timeYouth (ages 6-11) per day
$5$5part timeChild (ages 0-5) per day


DATES: August 6-11, 2023

THEME: God, Where is your Spirit Leading Next?

Come spend a week under the Murtle trees with Richard Betts, Western Field Support Minister, at Remote reunion. Enjoy worship, engaging classes, fun, food and fellowship as we work together to build community and explore the theme “God, where is your spirit leading next?”

REUNION MINISTRY: Richard Betts and Ashley Whitham

DIRECTOR TEAM: Katie O’Keefe-Knobel Team Lead/Contact: 541-350-3258


By July 7By July 21
Early Bird PriceRegular PriceStayCamper
$450$535full timeFamily (up to 2 adults & 6 children, or 4 adults residing in the same household)
$175$210full timeIndividual (ages 12+)
$150$175full timeYouth (ages 4-11)
$70$80full timeChild (ages 3 and under)
$90$107part timeFamily (up to 2 adults & 6 children, or 4 adults residing in the same household) per day
$35$42part timeIndividual (ages 12+) per day
$30$35part timeYouth (ages 4-11) per day
$14$16part timeChild (ages 3 and under) per day


DATES: August 19-24, 2023

THEME: Britain and Beyond – Our Global Mission

The combined Adult and Singles Reunion for 2023 continues our international focus with testimonies from Apostle Richard James, the secretary of the Council of Twelve Apostles, assigned to the British Isles Mission Centre, Western Europe Mission Center, and Eurasia Mission Centre. Richard was born in Wales and has traveled extensively in his field. Expand your understanding of what it means to be Community of Christ as you hear the successes of challenges of our brothers and sisters across the Atlantic, including the impact of the war in Ukraine.

REUNION MINISTRY: Richard James and Kim Naten

DIRECTORS: Susan Oxley: 425-226-2771, Susan Webber: 253-370-8840 and Tom Webber 253-320-4474,

EARLY BIRD PRICES: $300 per adult by July 21, 2023

REGULAR PRICES: $360 per adult by August 4, 2023

Part time prices available on registration site.

Kids Camps 2023

Kids Camps 2023

Who’s ready for summer camp? Registration opens April 1st!

2-for-1 Discount: We offer a 2-for-1 discount when a GPNW camper brings a friend who is new to our GPNW camping program. Enter Promotional Code “241” by clicking on the blue “Enter Promotional Code” link located in the top right of the pop-up window after clicking on the green “REGISTER” button. Be sure to enter your friend’s name you are partnered with when asked. Your friend must also submit a registration.

Financial Assistance: In addition to the Early Bird and 2-for-1 discounts, financial assistance may be available from your congregation, and limited financial aid may be available from the GPNW Mission Center. Be sure to contact your congregation for potential financial support before requesting assistance from GPNW. A completed form and camper’s portion of payment must be submitted by deadlines indicated. 

If you are receiving any financial assistance, contact GPNW Membership Services Administrator Jill Brunette (, 425-207-8712) for a Financial Aid Form and/the appropriate discount code BEFORE registering online. 

Cancellations and Refunds: Please notify the Camp Director of your need to cancel as soon as possible. Refunds will be made as follows: • Before Registration Deadline: 100% • On or after Registration Deadline, prior to first day of camp: 2/3 • After first day of camp: No refunds

Special Needs Campers: Parents of special needs campers must contact the Camp Director prior to registration to discuss arrangements for a possible attendant (who must be a registered youth worker). Because we have volunteer staff, the camps are not equipped to provide trained assistants. We want to be inclusive in our camping program, and we also want to provide a safe and secure environment for our campers.

Medications: All medications must be listed on the registration form. Prescribed medications must be in the container dispensed by the pharmacy, with pharmacy instructions intact. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original manufacturer’s container, labeled with the camper’s name and specific instructions. All medications stay with the Camp Nurse in a secure location.

Worth of all Persons: All are welcome at our Youth Camps. There is to be no discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliations, religious beliefs, race, national origin, and range of human ability. The teachings at our youth camps must reflect Community of Christ Identity, Mission, Message, and Beliefs, as well as Policies and Statements. Our staff seek to provide a safe place for all including the use of preferred names and gender identities. To share how we can provide a more inclusive experience for your child or to express any concerns, please contact the Camp Director or GPNW USA MC Camping Ministries Director.


For Children & Youth Entering Grades 3-8 in Fall 2023.

This camp is a blended Kids Camp and Jr. High Camp Experience at Camp Remote.

Theme: Unity in Diversity

We will provide a safe place for all campers to worship, learn more about diversity, and number one…to have fun? We will have tye-dye creations, staff making, and of course don’t forget the slip and slide. The plan is to also go into Coquille and Myrtle point for an afternoon of swimming and root beer floats. The last night will be celebrating our camp with a party/movie.

EARLY BIRD FEE: $150 by June 9 or REGISTRATION FEE: $200 by June 23 *Contact Director about registration after June 23.


Youth Entering Grades 3-8

THEME: Catching Fire: Igniting the Flame of Faith and Friendship

For 3rd-8th grade campers, we want to focus on how our faith and our friendships need constant care, similar to stoking a fire. How do we sustain the flame and share it with others? Who inspires your internal flame to continue burning, and who do you inspire? Come spend a week re-igniting the flame of faith and friendship with games, food, singing, and learning all about our fire.

Camp Zarahemla DIRECTOR: Laura Schlenker, 360-389-8952, JR. High Camp DIRECTOR: Molly Schlenker, 816-885-3676, EARLY BIRD FEE: $175 by June 30 or REGISTRATION FEE: $225 by July 14 *Contact Directors about registration after July 14


Children and Youth Entering Grades 3-6

Theme: Thank You, God for Making Me Awesome! Let’s Celebrate

If you enjoy fun crafts, epic outdoor games, making new friends, lots of great food, and exploring nature, then Camp Mungai is the place for you! Join us this year as we celebrate and thank God for making each and every one of us awesome in his sight!

DIRECTOR TEAM: Sue Wheeler, 206-947-0068,

EARLY BIRD FEE: $225 by July 14 or REGISTRATION FEE: $275 by July 28 *Contact Director about registration after July 28


Youth Entering Grades 7-9

Theme: Discover Your Purpose

Are you going into grades 7, 8 or 9? If you are, Camp Atsaken is the place you want to be in 2023. We will explore “Discover Your Purpose” through a variety of fun activities from our themed class in the mornings to fun activities in the afternoon. Each day we will have a variety of choices including hiking, swimming, canoeing, and skills-based classes. Spend your week getting reacquainted with old friends and making new friends that will last a lifetime.

CO-DIRECTORS: Jean Cravy 360-969-3188 and Jeff Cravy: 360-969-1008,

EARLY BIRD FEE: $300 by July 7 or REGISTRATION FEE: $350 by July 21 *Contact Director about registration after July 21


Entering Grades 9-2023 Graduates

Theme: Lift Your Voices

Sr. High Camp 2023 will be exploring what it means to lift our voices. Everyone has a voice, and whether you prefer to express that voice through music, written words, movement, or something else entirely, we want to know what your voice says. This fun-filled week will be challenging, exciting, and an all-around blast. We can’t wait to see you there!

DIRECTOR TEAM: Mike Sahlberg: 503-298-8245, Nicholas White: 503-490-8657 & Natalie White: 913-963-0867

EARLY BIRD FEE: $215 by June 30 or REGISTRATION FEE: $265 by July 14 *Contact Director about registration after July 14


Entering Grades 10-2023 Graduates

Theme: Discover Your Purpose

Kimtah 2023 is all about belonging. Throughout the camp we will journey with the theme of “Discover Your Purpose”. Through classes, worships, and conversations we will explore the daily theme. We will push ourselves to go beyond our comfort zones in how we view ourselves and those around us, for all of God’s children are of worth. So, plan today to come to Kimtah 2023 and be thinking about who you can invite to join to camp with you!

DIRECTOR: Dane Mahi, 541-974-2836,

EARLY BIRD FEE: $300 by July 7 or REGISTRATION FEE: $350 by July 21 *Contact Director about registration after July 21

Spectacular (SPEC) 2023: Plan now to attend!

Spectacular (SPEC) 2023: Plan now to attend!

“SPEC” (Spectacular) is an annual week-long worship, leadership, sports, music, and arts camp held on the campus of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. It is sponsored by Community of Christ and will be attended by approximately 500 high school students and staff from around the U.S. and Canada. This is the largest gathering of youth in Community of Christ. The mission of SPEC is to create a safe, Christ-centered community that encourages teenagers to discover God, their inherent worth, and cultivate and express their giftedness.

The theme for SPEC 2023 is “Wonder”. Daily themes will be explored through classes, worship, and other activities. We will travel as part of the Northwest Delegation, which consists of campers and staff from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Western Wyoming, Northern Utah and Montana, as well as friends in British Columbia and other locations.

When is IYF/SPEC held?
SPEC Trip: July 12-22, 2023
July 12-15 – in Independence, MO, for delegation bonding, sports practicing, devotions, a visit to a water park with dinner on the Independence Square, and more. We will be staying at the Family Life Center.
July 15-22 – in Lamoni, IA at Graceland University for SPEC.

Who Can Attend?
Any high school student who is CURRENTLY in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 may attend. Invite your friends!

How Do I Sign Up?

Sign-up here to participate with the Northwest Delegation:

Registration deadline: April 15.

This registration link registers you to attend with the Northwest Delegation. The participant will also need to register with Spectacular as well. SPEC will go live with their registration this Spring. Once they do, the link will be emailed to those registered with the Northwest Delegation.

What is the Cost?
The cost for the 11-day trip will be $910 per camper. This includes camp registration and a camp shirt, most meals, lodging, two delegation shirts, and all transportation. The campers will need to bring money for four meals, as well as their own spending money. We suggest about $75 for meals on their own.

The first payment of $500 is due by April 15, 2023, and the second payment of $410 is due by May 20, 2023. Please pay online using the links below (no fees), or send payments to: Northwest SPEC, c/o Cindie Ellwanger, 30442 101st Pl. SE, Auburn, WA 98092. All checks should be made payable to “Community of Christ” with the participants name in the memo line.

Please don’t let money prevent you from attending. If Financial Assistance is needed, a request can be made to Sean Langdon at the contact information below by April 10.

Northwest Spec Camper Payment 1:

Camper’s name & phone
Camper’s email address

Northwest Spec Camper Payment 2:

Camper’s name & phone
Camper’s email address

Northwest SPEC Staff Payment 1:

Staff name & phone
Staff email address

Northwest SPEC Staff Payment 2:

Staff name & phone
Staff email address

Your Generosity is Appreciated!

The Northwest SPEC Delegation gladly accepts donations for the Terry Read Financial Assistance Fund. Donations made to this fund goes to help provide financial assistance for campers and staff who can’t afford the entire fee to attend SPEC. Attending SPEC isn’t cheap so your donations help greatly to ensure all who want to attend, can attend.

To donate, send a check made payable to “Community of Christ” to Sean Langdon, 1715 Chester St, Unit 2, Aurora, CO, 80010. Please write “TR Fund” in the memo line.

Or you can donate using the PayPal button below:

Who Do I Contact?
Northwest Delegation Leaders:
Kelly Mongrain, 253-569-1510
Sean Langdon, 425-293-6366

Visit Us On Facebook!
Follow us on Facebook! Like our Facebook page at “Northwest Spectacular Delegation – Community of Christ” for updates, photos, and more!

World Conference 2023

World Conference 2023

Information for GPNW Mission Center Delegates and Alternates

World Conference 2023 is quickly approaching, so please check here regularly for announcements and updates. Also refer to for additional information, including all legislation, daily schedule and other events. 

REGISTRATION OPEN: Online registration for World Conference is open for delegates and children, at

Register before March 1 to get the discounted rate. Click here to see prices.

DATES: Friday, April 21 through Friday, April 28.  Be mindful that the NFL Draft is also taking place in Kansas City during these dates so airfares, hotels, rental cars, etc., will be in high demand; we recommend making your travel arrangements as soon as possible. We encourage all attendees to reach out to one another if interested in sharing transportation, lodging, etc.  

DELEGATES: At our Mission Center Conference in early November, delegates to World Conference were appointed en masse by Mission Center President Kim Naten as there were fewer nominees than the number allotted to our mission center by World Church. Click here to view those appointed. We currently stand at 76 delegates and 3 alternates. Our allotment is 79, so Kim may appoint 3 additional delegates to serve. If you are interested in serving as a Delegate, please contact Kim Naten (knaten@cofchrist-gpnw.orgbefore February 20, 2023. After that date, names submitted will be added to the list of alternates. Alternates will be moved into any remaining delegate slots on February 21 and the roster of all delegates and alternates must be submitted to World Church by February 22.  


Prioritization of World Conference Legislation – The First Presidency is inviting mission centers across the church to participate in providing input into the prioritization of our World Conference agenda. To this end, an electronic survey has been developed to collect feedback.  The survey for our mission center is available from now until January 31st Please take the time to help the First Presidency prioritize the legislative items on the agenda for World Conference.  Input from members is valuable! (This survey is open to non-delegates as well, so feel free to share with friends and family members who may not be attending World Conference.) 

The link to our survey is:

GPNW PREPARATION WORKSHOPS: Our previously announced plan of three workshops has changed to two online workshops to provide opportunity to review and discuss World Conference legislation. Two workshops will be held via zoom:  Sunday, March 19 and Saturday, March 25. All are welcome to attend these workshops; you need not be a delegate or alternate. All delegates and alternates are strongly encouraged to participate in the World Conference Online Exploration Series prior to our workshops (see below).

Review Legislation in Exploration Sessions | Sign Up Now!

New for 2023 World Conference is an opportunity to explore legislative proposals with others around the church through weekly Zoom Events.

A single resolution will be the focus each week during the Exploration Sessions series. Participants will share perspectives and listen to others in a facilitated session. Five sessions will be offered each week to accommodate time zones and busy schedules.

  • Monday: 1:00–2:45 p.m. (Pacific) 
  • Tuesday: 4:30–6:15 p.m. (Pacific) 
  • Wednesday: 4:30–6:15 p.m. (Pacific) 
  • Thursday: 7:30–9:15 a.m. (Pacific)
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (Pacific)

Exploration Sessions will begin 9 January and continue through March. All are welcome.

Registration is required. Click the links below to register for each event. 
Week of 9 January:  G-1 The Climate Emergency
Week of 16 January:  G-2 Doctrine and Covenants 116 to Historical Records
Week of 23 January:  G-3 Racial Justice
Week of 30 January:  G-4(a) Baptism and Membership
Week of 6 February:  G-5 Universal Scripture Access
Week of 13 February:  G-6 Enhance Transparency on Nonviolence Statement
Week of 20 February:  G-7 Resolution on Marriage
Week of 27 February:  G-8 Resolution Opposing Christian Zionism
Week of 6 March:  G-9 Compassion for Refugees/UN World Refugee Day
Week of 13 March:  A-4 Amendment to CofChrist Bylaws

Even those who are not delegates are invited to learn more about business coming before Community of Christ in April.
Read proposed legislation and see a summary of actions.

Day of Prayer and Special Offering for World Conference

On 22 January, join with those around the world as we uphold the 2023 World Conference in our prayers and through our offerings. Offerings received on this Sunday will help with the costs of Conference. The goal is to raise $100,000 USD.

Those in the USA can participate by giving to World Conference 2023 through, by placing a check or cash in the offering plate, or by sending a check to International Headquarters, Attn: Presiding Bishopric, 1001 W. Walnut St., Independence, MO, USA, 64050.

In Canada, contributors can give by e-transfer or mail to Community of Christ, 355 Elmira Rd. N., Unit 129; Guelph, ON, N1K 1S5.

You can find a special Disciples’ Generous Response for 22 January on Herald House.

QUESTIONS?  As always, if you have any questions at all about World Conference, please reference the World Church link provided above or contact Kim at

Pastors Breakfast 2022: Reflections from a Friend

Pastors Breakfast 2022: Reflections from a Friend

From Sean Langdon.
A shortened version of these remarks were shared at the 2022 Pastors Breakfast during the Annual GPNW MC Conference.

I considered what I might share this morning with you all and my mind swirled with the possibilities. And where I landed was this… We joke a lot about my many roles in this mission center, and for good reason, but I want to offer a few parting reflections at this time through the lens of these roles.

Let’s start with what brought me onto staff in the first place. Young Adult Ministries Specialist.

  • Invite young adults to journey with you. Not necessarily your congregation but you as fellow companions on the journey. Relationships are deeply important to young adults.
  • A good marker of their commitment is not whether or not they are with you for the Sunday Morning experience. To expect that can just diminish and even cheapen the ministry they have to offer and are likely offering in other areas of their life.
  • Invite them to help reimagine what it means to live out Christian community in new and innovative and authentic ways.

Camping Ministries – Youth Camps & Reunions and though we actually took it out from under our Camping Ministries umbrella, Caravan and SPEC too.

  • Camping Ministries is one of most important things we do in the life of the church, arguably maybe the most important. For within our camping ministries, lives are changed in ways that don’t happen during the Sunday Morning experience. Also, it is here that the power of invitation really comes to life.
  • But we can’t provide these ministries without your help. So, like I have said many times before, we need folks like you and those in your congregations to volunteer to staff our camping events. And we need your help in inviting others to attend.

Youth Ministries

  • Like with young adults, find appropriate ways to journey alongside them. With permission from them and their parents, attend their sports games, choir concerts, recitals, art shows, and more! Invest your time in their lives.
  • But know this, the marker of a healthy congregation is nor whether or not you have robust youth program. It IS whether or not you are discerning your path forward and letting the holy spirit guide you into ways of living out Christian community. Living out the mission of Christ. For some congregations, that will mean youth related ministries, and for others, it will look radically different than that.

Invitation Support Minister

  • Meet new people. Form relationships. Invite people to Christ. Not church. That will likely happen. But Inviting People to Christ means inviting people to be in relationship with you and the community. Be the church, don’t just invite people to church.
  • And explore fresh expressions of ministry in your congregation. New, innovative, authentic ways of living out the ministries of your congregation so that they are relevant to those yearning to be spiritually and relationally filled. And please, let us stop thinking that this simply means changing a few things here and there within the context of our Sunday Morning Worship experience. Simply adding a couple cool videos is not going to make your worships more relevant to those hungering for something deeper. In fact, it might just mean doing something radically different when you gather. Let’s face it, pew worship ministry is not likely the path forward for organized religion. The definition of worship is “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.” We have to stop believing that this means that we sing a few hymns, offer a couple prayers, and listen to someone talk for 20 minutes. What does it mean for us to live our worship? Well, maybe let’s start here. Let us remember Christ’s mission statement found in Luke:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to set free those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

The spirit of the Lord is upon all of us to do the same!

  • And lastly, support New Expressions of Community. These aren’t connected to a congregation, but it may be those in your congregation who might feel called to explore them. Maybe even you. And if you are interested in going deeper and exploring this, please remember that on the first Monday of every month, we host New Expression Mondays via Zoom from 6:30-8 PM Pacific Time.

Folks, as I leave on to other opportunities, it has been asked several times who will do everything I did. That is being explored and the reality is that not everything will necessarily continue, at least not in the same way. Someone new will join staff, and along with the other mission center leaders, there will be new passions and invitations to explore here in the GPNW Mission Center. At the same time, some of those things like Community Connections, we are looking at a shared relationship between the Rocky Mountain Mission Center and GPNW Mission Center. So, where the Holy Spirit leads and where opportunities take us.

<strong>New Expression Mondays continue…</strong>

New Expression Mondays continue…

“Our journey into the future will continue through more congregations becoming willing to transform in response to new opportunities. It also will occur through starting new expressions of the church to model what we are talking about.” – Steve Veazey, “A Time to Act!” 

New Expressions of Community are an exciting pathway for us to experience Christian community beyond the walls of the congregation experience. Therefore, New Expressions of Community are not connected with an existing congregation but rather an opportunity for us to experience such community in a variety of ways in the many spaces of our communities that we work, learn, play, and live in. To learn more about New Expressions of Community, click here:

New Expression Mondays started as an initiative of the Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center in January 2022. They provided an opportunity for conversations about what is transforming within the church and where God is inviting us to experiment and create sacred community in our communities while also being a place to explore ideas that you might have for starting a New Expression of Community.

Starting in January 2023, New Expression Mondays will continue and be provided by Community Connections, an online New Expression of Community co-sponsored by the Greater Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Mission Centers. With this change, we would like to invite all in the Western Field who are interested in exploring New Expressions of Community to join in on the conversation when your schedule allows, and interest is piqued. 

New Expression Mondays take place on Zoom the first Monday evening of every month. While the focus of these conversations are on New Expressions of Community and therefore beyond the focus of the congregational experience, we will spend 2 New Expression Mondays a year exploring Fresh Expressions of Ministry which is focused on existing congregations exploring Christian community in new and exciting ways. When that is the focus, we will announce it in advance.

New Expression Mondays

First Monday of the Month
6:30-8:00 PM (PST) | 7:30-9:00 PM (MT)

Zoom Connection Information:

To join, click here:
Alternatively, join by phone: 1-253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 839 6568 3186
Passcode: 205203

Mark your calendars for the first Mondays of the month! All are welcome to join us for these conversations! We hope to see you then on Zoom!

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Langdon ( | 425-293-6366)

Courage to Let Go

Courage to Let Go

At our annual Pastors and Staff Breakfast last month, technical difficulties prevented us from properly sharing two video interviews with leaders in our Mission Center. You can view them below or on our YouTube channel:

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