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The Issues Forum is a three-day retreat designed to have open and transparent discussion around issues that shape and define the Church of the Nazarene. It includes discussion, Christian fellowship and relaxation.   

2018 Forum Theme: 
Holiness of Heart and Life: Discerning Christian Action Today

How can we speak of pursuing holiness of heart and life that is grounded in reflection but also leads to concrete action? How can we avoid narrow legalism while also speaking and acting with conviction? How can we embody a communal life that is committed to embrace some things while avoiding others, all for the sake of love? In today’s culture, the Church must re-think and re-articulate its convictions around issues such as alcohol, divorce, income gaps, creation-care, keeping Sabbath, and more. Come and join the conversation.

February 16-18, 2018
Food for the Hungry Offices


Diane Leclerc

Professor of Historical Theology at Northwest Nazarene University and author of numerous articles and books, including Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan Holiness Theology



Ron Benefiel

Professor of Sociology and Christian Ministry and Lead Consultant for Mission Resources and Pastoral Relations at Point Loma Nazarene University. He is a past President of Nazarene Theological Seminary and a recognized leader in multicultural and urban ministry.


Jim Copple

Founding Partner and Lead Consultant for Strategic Applications International, LLC and President of Servant Forge, an international nonprofit focused on development. Jim is an NTS alum and consultant with NTS on strategic initiatives. 

Registration: $150
(Covers event costs and some catered meals.) Scholarships are available for young clergy and students. Enter code NTSFORUM. Contact Jamie McDorman (jmcdorman@nts.edu) for questions.

Housing: A list of hotels close to the event venue can be provided upon request. NOTE: Book early for best prices! Recommended hotels include: 
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North, Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Phoenix Downtown, Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix Downtown - Ballpark

Meals: Catered meals will be provided Friday evening and Sunday morning. 
Transportation: You are responsible for securing your own transportation to and from Phoenix.

  Questions? Contact Jamie McDorman (jmcdorman@nts.edu).