Pastor Support

Compass Initiative

  • Application and approval will take place through the Compass website.

  • This program provides help with educational debt or retirement savings for those pastors who qualify.

  • For those who complete the Compass Journey program, the district will provide $5000 in support, either to provide an additional $5000 in matching funds from the district or to help the local church reach its required $5000 in matching funds.


Marriage Conference

  • $500 per pastoral couple available until September 30, 2023.

  • Available for any ordained or district licensed minister on the NW District (this includes lead pastors, full time and part time associate pastors, chaplains, retired ministers, those in special service assignments, unassigned ministers, etc.).

  • Fill out this online form indicating name, date, and location of the marriage conference. The district will send funds to the minister. The minister is responsible to make all travel and reservation arrangements.‚Äč

  • Family Life has several Weekend to Remember events scheduled. More information can be found at www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember.  



for minister or immediate family member
  • The district will reimburse pastors covering either the cost of the minister’s insurance copay or the full amount of service if there is no insurance.

  • Available for any ordained or district licensed minister on the NW District and immediate family member (spouse, child, or dependent living in the home). Again this includes lead pastors, full time and part time associate pastors, chaplains, retired ministers, those in special service assignments, unassigned ministers, etc.

  • Fill out this online form indicating who is seeking counseling and the name and contact information of the counselor. No questions will be asked about the reason for counseling.

  • Please send an invoice to the District Office (8607 N Division, Ste B, Spokane, WA  99208) after paying the counselor.  The District will reimburse pastors for their out-of-pocket costs.

  • If after 16 sessions there is need for more help, the minister can contact any DAB member, district office staff, or cluster coach to access more funds.

  • For those who do not have a counselor, view these counselor recommendations


Ministerial coaching initiative

a partnership with point loma nazarene university

In 2020, the PLNU Center for Pastoral Leadership received a grant for $1,000,000 from the Lilly Foundation to be used specifically to support the following groups of pastors:

  1. Pastors who pastor small churches
  2. Pastors who plant churches
  3. Pastors who pastor congregations serving communities of color

These pastors are invited to participate in a coaching partnership with PLNU in the following specific ways:

  1. Eight months of monthly one-on-one professional coaching (60 minutes for each session)
  2. Eight months (twice each month) of professional group coaching along with 5-10 other pastors in a similar role as you (90 minutes for each session)
  3. One 3-day training event at PLNU focused on the ministry challenges relevant to the cohort groups as identified by the coaches.  These will be conducted by content experts in the areas identified.

The cost of the coaching partnership is $350.00 for Ordained and District-Licensed Ministers.  The Northwest District will pay $300.00 of that fee.

More information about the coaching initiative is here:   https://www.pointloma.edu/centers-institutes/center-pastoral-leadership/ministerial-coaching-initiative

If you would like to be considered for coaching, please email the District Office at office@nwdistrict.org.