A BOLD NEW SEASON: Dave Elshaug is now the full time director of Loving Utah, after volunteering his time to the Loving Utah movement since 2011.  We are excited for the next chapter.  We want to give you a preview of some things we’re working on as well.  K2 the Church leadership commissioned Dave Elshaug to lead, along with his team of leaders and the network of pastors and leaders who are tilling the soil of Utah for the Kingdom.

OCTOBER SUMMIT — On October 17 we will be having a groundbreaking gathering where we will launch our four major initiatives.  These are designed to be a catalyst for the church planting movement in Utah that we all care so deeply about.  Please be praying for God to continue to open doors like never before.

FOUR MAJOR INITIATIVES:  We are in the process of creating a new website that will provide links to great resources for Church Planters, Denominations and Sending Agencies.   Here is a preview of what we will be focusing on moving forward.

Loving Utah Summit April 26 Sandy UT

How can you be an effective leader when the future is unclear?  Dave Page has been a church planting director and now serves as one of the pastors at Saddleback Church.  He will help us understand how to lead effectively when the environment and terrain is unpredictable and trekking to the destination seems insurmountable. Church planters, spouses, staff & anyone who cares about the church multiplication movement in Utah should attend. We’ll have amazing breakout sessions and time to spend with others who are on the journey into the great unknown.

Thursday, April 26 8am-2pm

The Well Church, 700 E 9400 S Sandy Utah



Contribute Your Experience — Church Planter Survey 2018

Contribute Your Experience — Church Planter Survey 2018

Hello Friends,
Your experience is vital to helping future church planters who are coming to Utah.  Would you help us in the creation of a new training series to introduce church planters to the unique dynamics of ministry in Utah’s religious culture? Our first step is to hear from experienced planters to identify the topics that should be addressed. Your input is critical to the future of our church multiplication movement.
This survey should only take about 10 minutes or so. Thank you! Your input will allow us to come along side and equip planters!
You can also help us by forwarding this email to church planters in your network!
Helping Church Plants go from Survive to Thrive to Multiply!
Ross Anderson & Dave Elshaug
Loving Utah

You Can Support Loving Utah

Loving Utah is catalyzing church plants

developing church planters through learning groups
caring for church planters through mentorship relationships
coaching church planters to double their Kingdom Impact
loving church planters by providing retreats for ministers and spouses
inspiring church planters to dig deep roots, and stay for the long haul
networking with organizations to building healthy, growing churches

Our goal for then next 4 months is raise the first $100,000 of annual support.  As of Dec 7, we have raised $48,000. Will you join our Kingdom efforts?

Donate online or send checks to Loving Utah Network  10434 S. Lake Ave  South Jordan UT 84009

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Veteran ministers pray over new church planters at the Loving Utah Summit Oct. 2017

Loving Utah is catalyzing local churches to move from Survive, to Thrive, to Multiply!


Recently I have felt the need to call people to pray for Utah. There is a growing movement of churches who deeply love their communities, and desire for their neighbors to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. You may not know this, but about 2% of the population of Utah attends a gospel preaching church. I am praying that over the next 3-5 years, We could establish 100 new local congregations in Utah, and we will challenge 100 existing churches to double their Kingdom impact though evangelism & discipleship, or by launching a new local congregations through church planting or additional campuses.  If both of these happen, we could potentially reach the next 2% of the population

The movement is forming, and the gospel is penetrating the hearts of people in Utah. This is a hard place to do ministry, but we will not stop until every man, woman and child have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.  Thanks for opening up your heart to what God is doing.

Dave Elshaug, Vision Catalyst for Loving Utah

Will you join us for 7 days of prayer for Utah?

Each day ask God, “How can I be part of the solution to the challenges in Utah?”

DAY 1: The People. Many people in Utah are trapped in generational religion. Utah has the highest teen suicide rate in the nation, and highest use of anti-depressants. We have a large population of people living in polygamy, refugees from all over the world, and many homeless. Addiction is a major issue here.
PRAY that the Christian churches can bring a message of hope in a way that shines the light of Jesus in places of spiritual darkness. That many new disciples will be raised up and impact Utah in a greater way.

DAY 2: Our Pastors. Ministry is challenging and stressful. Ministry in Utah is compounded by the culture we are trying to overcome. Pastors deal with loneliness, discouragement, financial pressures and a great amount of spiritual warfare.
PRAY that God would fill Utah with pastors who will stand strong, remain faithful, reach out to fellow pastors, and make a great impact in their communities.

DAY 3: Church Planters. Many new church planters arrive in Utah every year from various denominations and sending agencies. Because of the hardness of the soil in Utah, many don’t survive, which creates a lot of pain and sorrow for the planter and the congregation. Loving Utah is providing relationship and mentoring, networking and education to help planters move from survive, to thrive, to multiply.
PRAY that God will give Loving Utah greater influence in the lives of planters, and that planters will lean into mentoring relationships, and friendships with other local pastors.

DAY 4: Christian churches. About 2% of people in Utah attend a gospel preaching church. The other 98% are committed to other religions, or are not committed to any pursuit of God. This classifies Utah as a mission field, but one that most are unaware of.
PRAY that churches are effective in reaching the communities around them, and making disciples of many. Pray that congregations will know God’s love, and share it with the community around them. Pray that congregation members will rise up to serve and lead in their churches. Pray that God will draw the lost into our churches to experience God’s love, grace, truth, and life-transforming power of salvation through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead.

DAY 5: Resources. The local churches in Utah are often living on the edge financially. Many are understaffed for the task that is before them. Many lack adequate facilities. Most schools will not rent space to churches, and property acquisition is extremely difficult in Utah.
PRAY that God will pour resources into the Kingdom here in Utah. Pray that the churches will use creativity to overcome barriers. Pray that Christians in Utah will be obedient to God in giving to their local churches.

DAY 6: Missional Love. The great thing about Utah is that churches, regardless of background, are willing to work together and serve each other across denominational lines. Veteran pastors are willing to mentor younger pastors. There is a deep love and care for our neighboring pastors. “We’re all on the same mission together” is the spirit that binds us together. It is a beautiful display of God’s love.
PRAY that the spirit of missional love continues to grow. That churches begin to plant churches together. Pray that this unity will draw people into the gospel. Pray that pastors and congregations will love each other, and each other’s churches deeply, from the heart!

DAY 7: Loving Utah. Loving Utah is a catalyst in promoting everything you’ve been praying for above. 1. Loving Utah believes God loves the PEOPLE of Utah and wants every man woman, and child to hear the gospel and experience his love. 2. Loving Utah will stand with PASTORS through coaching, relationships, and encouragement to press on. 3. Loving Utah will continue to recruit CHURCH PLANTERS, and meet with recruits from multiple denominations and sending agencies. 4. Loving Utah started in the heart of a handful of local pastors who desire to see every church planter connected and cared for. We are committed to the health and growth of local CHURCHES in Utah. 5. Loving Utah is seeking RESOURCES to overcome barriers to bring on church planting residents, finances to plant more churches, and help the local church and offer to help to church plants to move from survive, to thrive, to multiply. 6. Loving Utah will continue to fight for local churches to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, and to be on mission together to reach every person in Utah with the good news of Jesus Christ.


Now that you’ve prayed for Utah, and asked God how you could be part of the solution, let us know what God is doing in your heart. Here are just a few ways you could contribute to his Kingdom:

1) Continue to pray for Utah. Make the 7 days of prayer a part of your regular time with God.

2) Contribute financially.  We are currently raising monthly support with a goal of $100,000 by April 31, 2018.  Your monthly pledge or special gift would be greatly appreciated and help us reach our state with the gospel.

3) If you live in Utah, get involved in making disciples in a local congregation and contribute financially to your church.

4) If you don’t live in Utah, consider moving to Utah on mission. Utah has a strong economy, many job opportunities and the great outdoors. Join a local congregation and begin to love your Utah neighbors.

5) Perhaps God is asking you to do something else. Take whatever step of faith he’s calling you to.

Please let us know what God is doing in your heart. You can email me at lovingutahnetwork@gmail.com

What would help your church THRIVE? Survey

At our last Summit, we asked “what would help your church move from survive, to thrive to multiply?”  If you didn’t get a chance to fill out the survey and want to discover opportunities to see your church thrive, give us a few minutes of your time and fill out this survey.


Opportunities to THRIVE

Church Residency:  Hosting a Church Planter or Staff: Could your church benefit from another staff member? Would your church be interested in developing staff or church planters for future ministry in Utah? We’re currently exploring ways to recruit, train, and release people into ministry.

UNLEASH Utah: Would you like to see your leadership team align behind a clear vision in just one day? You will at this Intentional Churches (IC) growth planning event. You bring 5-6 of your key leaders and work together on clarity of vision. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your leaders will get aligned around a plan for growth (Feb 10, 2018, approx. $299 per church)

Intentional Growth Planning (IGP) & one year of Coaching: You and your church leaders receive up to 150 hours of coaching over a year. Churches using IGP are experiencing clarity, growth, and alignment of leadership, as well as discovering a fresh new vision to reach their community, make more and better disciples, and enhancing their overall ministry experience. Cohorts and partial scholarships are available for Utah churches.

Strategy Meetings & Retreats on Church Multiplication: Loving Utah’s goal is to see church plants move from survive, to thrive to multiply. Let us know if you’d like to be part of a greater conversation on how we can work together to multiply the Kingdom in Utah.

Refuge Retreat: The Refuge offers an opportunity to unplug from Ministry for up to 5 days in the wilderness of northern Idaho. Stay in a beautiful lodge, eat great food, and enjoy many outdoor activities. This retreat is free to pastors. You are only responsible for your flight to Spokane, WA. Tentatively Mid-Late Aug 2018.

Understanding Utah Culture Class & Curriculum: Our team is developing curriculum to help planters, pastors, and team members to engage our culture. There is a possibility for us to offer these classes online, or in learning cohorts.

Regular Regional Network Gatherings (6-10 times annually): Relationship is key to thriving in Utah. We want to be a catalyst to get you connected with others in your area for fellowship, prayer and support. Let us know if you have an open group, or if you want help connecting in your region.

Twice Annual Church Planting Summit: Our goal for each summit is to provide opportunity for relationship, learning, and discovery of how we can be on mission together to multiply churches in Utah.

Equip Lay Ministry Training Day: This is a one-day free event where the leaders and volunteers from your church can receive practical training.

Kingdom Collaboration — Multiple Churches planting together: In pockets across America, churches of all tribes and denominations are joining forces to plant churches together. Let us know if you’d be interested in exploring the possibilities of joining this movement in Utah.

Sustainable Solutions for Worship & Ministry Space: We are exploring ways to develop properties which minister to the community and pay for themselves, that double as ministry space for your church on the weekends and throughout the week. Let us know if you’d like to learn more and connect with those that are making it happen in their churches and communities.

Attending Exponential West (Oct 2-4 2018): Exponential offers an amazing opportunity to discover the cutting edge world of church multiplication. Let us know if you’d be interest in going with a group to Las Angeles. You will be responsible for your own expenses, but we will explore options for housing and traveling as a group.

Access to guest speakers: Would you like a break from preaching, or just having someone from the outside give a boost of encouragement to your congregation? We can help you connect to great communicators to fill your pulpit.


FREE RETREAT for Pastors & Spouses of Pastors

You’re invited to a free retreat!  One for Pastor’s spouses, and one for pastors.

Last year I spent 5 days with church planters at Western Pleasure Ranch, and it was an amazingly refreshing week both personally & spiritually.  I would encourage anyone who is in need of renewal to take advantage of this amazing retreat!  The only cost to you is travel to the destination.  All the details are below.  Please contact Tony Nelson if you would like to attend.  This is on a first come basis.

Dave Elshaug, Vision Catalyst for Loving Utah

2017 KEY DATES: AUGUST 21-25 (Male Pastors Only) — Only 12 spots available

AUGUST 25-27 ( Pastor’s Wives Only) — Only 12 spots available 

CONTACT: Tony L. Nelson, Director

Cell: 208-290-5731

email: tony@tonylnelson.com


Do you need a break?

do you need to reconnect with jesus?

if yes, then you’re inivted to…

refuge-NORTHWEST 2017




We offer renewal, revitalization and recalibration for leaders of churches and faith based not-for-profit organizations.

why Refuge? To end leadership burnout by means of leadership refreshment

DISCOURAGEMENT– Only 4% of non-profit leaders report being properly developed for their position

ISOLATION– 70% of pastors say they did not have one close friend

FAILED MARRIAGES-50% of pastor’s marriages will end in divorce

DEPRESSION-45.5% of pastor’s say they need to take an extended leave of absence


We want to reach out to church leaders and give them some space and time to reconnect with Jesus and each other through outdoor experiences to avoid leadership burnout


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Sandpoint, ID


2017 KEY DATES: AUGUST 21-25 (Men Only)

AUGUST 25-27 ( Pastor’s Wives Only)

SIZE IS LIMITED TO: 10-14 Men & Women

 COST: FREE– ($250 deposit to hold your position–which you’ll get back if you attend—or an emailed airline ticket receipt).


 CONTACT: Tony L. Nelson, Director

Cell: 208-290-5731

email: tony@tonylnelson.com

Subject line: Refuge-Northwest



Who’s running this?


Refuge-NW Director-Tony L. Nelson, DMin

5705 N. Isabella Dr., Coeur, d’Alene, ID 83815

Cell: 208-290-5731


Western Pleasure Office

Roley or Janice Schoonover (Owner/Operators)


Toll-Free Call 1-888-263-9066


Is this really for free?

Yes. All we expect you to pay for is your travel expenses and a fishing license. People who love pastors and church leaders have willingly donated to make this happen.


Why are you doing this?

To end leadership burnout by means of leadership refreshment. We offer renewal, revitalization and recalibration for leaders of churches.


Who’s the guest speaker?

Jesus. There are no books to read, no homework and no classes; just time in a beautiful setting with others from a similar background and Jesus. We believe that He has something to say to you if you’ll quiet yourself long enough to listen.


How do I get there?

You can catch a plane to Spokane International Airport (GEG). Where we’ll gladly pick you up. But you must arrive BEFORE 12:00 pm on the day your event begins and book your return flight AFTER 12:00 pm on the last day.


What if I’m driving?

You may drive on your own to the ranch, but please plan to arrive no later than 4:00 pm on the opening day. You can find a map to the ranch at: http://westernpleasureranch.com/location-directions/


What is there to do?

Being a guest ranch there will be more things to do than we have time to do them. But the following is a short list of possibilities:

  • Horseback riding
  • Shooting (yes, guns!)
  • Hiking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Boating
  • Lounging and staring at the beautiful scenery
  • Nightly campfires

Register now to reserve your spot!


Loving Utah is Looking Forward

On May 18, 2017 we had an amazing Summit with over 60 church leaders from around Utah and Wyoming.  What I love most about the Summits is that people from many denominational backgrounds can find common ground, and learn from each other because of a common mission we are all on — to share the good news of Jesus love, grace and truth with the people in our communities.  Thank you to Mike & Emile at Southeast Christian Church in Murray for being amazing hosts, as well as to Brian Dwyer, Matthew Anderson and the Loving Utah leadership team for all your efforts.

— Dave Elshaug, Vision Catalyst