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SPARK is a grass roots multi-site equipping retreat that began in 2011 by two Indiana Church of the Nazarene districts partnering together. The following year, all four Indiana districts partnered together. Fast-forward 12 years: we now have SPARKs from coast to coast in the USA and Canada as well as online.

SPARK is a 3 day/2 night retreat for Local Children’s Leaders at Camp and Conference Centers. What can you expect at this retreat? Leadership development, connect with others, and learn together for a low cost. Each year, we are reminded that we are one team from different cities and on different districts, but all called to serve God, children and their families.

Ways to join SPARK
SPARK::Onsite
Join Children’s Leaders from your geographic area for a time of equipping, encouragement, and connecting at a camp, conference center, or retreat center near you. See dates and locations below.
SPARK::Online
We are continuing SPARK::Online. It is $50 and is May 6, 2023. More information coming soon.

For Spring Locations...
SPARK+
Introduced in 2022! SPARK+ is your local SPARK and SPARK::Online. For an additional $30 to your SPARK registration, you will also have access to SPARK::Online ($50 value). Why do I want SPARK+? To keep the party going! It’s an additional equipping opportunity presented by an array of children’s leaders from across North America. Check out the SPARK you want to attend below for how to register.

Previous Breakout Sessions (2021)

Upcoming Locations

For Adults Serving in Ministry

EventDateLocationRegister
SPARK::CentralSeptember 29-October 1, 2022Fredericktown, MORegister Here
SPARK::OhioOctober 6-8, 2022St. Marys, OHRegister Here
SPARK::AppalachiaOctober 20-22, 2022Butler, PARegister Here
SPARK::FloridaFebruary 2-4, 2023Lake Placid, FLRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::SoutheastFebruary 9-11, 2023Adrian, GARegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::MidSouthFebruary 16-18, 2023Dickson, TNRegistration Opens 10.01.22
TentativeFebruary 23-25, 2023Tentative LocationRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::IndianaMarch 2-4, 2023Marion, INRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::Great LakesMarch 9-11, 2023Howell, MIRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::South CentralMarch 16-18, 2023Cleburne, TXRegistration Opens 10.01.22
TentativeMarch 23-25, 2023Tentative LocationRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::SouthwestMarch 26-28, 2023Prescott, AZRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::Northern CaliforniaApril 20-22, 2023Forbestown, CARegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::Pacific NorthwestApril 27-29, 2023Oakland, ORRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::NorthwestMay 4-6, 2023Leavenworth, WARegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::IntermountainMay 11-13, 2023Cascade, IDRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::OnlineMay 20, 2023ZoomRegistration Opens 10.01.22
SPARK::CanadaMay 25-27, 2023Olds, ABRegistration Opens 10.01.22

Testimonials

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Dr. David Roland

Former District Superintendent - Northeastern Indiana District Church of the Nazarene

I have observed a remarkable fresh outlook and confidence in children's workers who have attended SPARK each year. SPARK has been a great benefit for us, Indianapolis, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Indiana Districts as we partner together. It has brought a team spirit between the districts, served as a great encouragement to children's workers in the local church, and is full of creative ideas to build on in their local church. SPARK will have a great benefit for your district and local children's workers and their ministry.

SPARK Participant

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! When I got here I was not sure I was going to stay a Children's Pastor, but God has met me in a BIG way. I am refreshed, renewed, refocused, redirected and ready to move forward with new insight, new vision, new goals and lots of hugs from Jesus (with skin on). Thank you for this weekend. Signed - a weary warrior who received rest and relaxation and is ready for battle!!

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