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 14 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.

Places to Join SPARK
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.

Upcoming Locations

For Adults Serving in Ministry

SPARK::FloridaFebruary 1-3, 2024Lake Placid, FLRegister Here
SPARK::SoutheastFebruary 8-10, 2024Adrian, GARegister Here
SPARK::MidSouthFebruary 15-17, 2024Dickson, TNRegister Here
SPARK::Southern PlainsFebruary 15-17, 2024Minco, OKRegister Here
SPARK::IndianaFebruary 29-March 2, 2024Marion, INRegister Here
SPARK::Pacific NorthwestMarch 14-16, 2024Oakland, ORRegister Here
SPARK::South CentralMarch 14-16, 2024Cleburne, TXRegister Here
SPARK::New MexicoMarch 21-23, 2024Angus, NMRegister Here
SPARK::SouthwestApril 7-9, 2024Prescott, AZRegister Here
SPARK::IntermountainMay 16-18, 2024Cascade, IDRegister Here
SPARK::CanadaMay 23-25, 2024Olds, ABRegister Here
SPARK::CentralSeptember 12-14, 2024Frederickstown, MORegistration Opens 07.01.24
SPARK::AppalachiaOctober 3-5, 2024Louisville, OHRegistration Opens 07.01.24
SPARK::Great LakesOctober 17-19, 2024Vicksburg, MIRegistration Opens 07.01.24



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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