Friends House Mission

Friends House Ministries exists to facilitate spiritual growth through meeting needs in the community.

Friends House Vision

  • Friends House Ministries desires to be
  • a Christ centered,
  • truth seeking,
  • prayer driven
  • community of believers.
  • With love and respect
  • we strive to embolden believers
  • in order to strengthen Christ's church
  • and reach the lost.

Query of the Day

Do you observe and teach the Friends testimony against military training and service, making clear that war is incompatible with the spirit and teachings of the Gospel? Do you find appropriate ways to work for peace? -- NWYM

For the current time Friends House regular meetings are suspended. Please click Friends House Meetings above to send us a note to be informed of occasional meetings.

Monday Meetings    7:00 p.m.

Meeting for worship, fellowship, prayer, biblical studies, and occasional business.

Second Sunday Suppers    6:00 p.m.

Summer Sizzlers featuring hamburgers and hotdogs. FHM supplies the meats. Friends and neighbors bring the soft beverages, buns, condiments, chips or crackers, salads, desserts, and other foods. Fellowship, singing, lawn games, and family fun.

Other seasons soup supper inside. Friends bring their favorite soup, salad, and other items to share. Fellowship and singing.

Fourth Fridays Family Fellowship    6:30 p.m.

Informal fun time usually sharing a movie or table games.

— Pastoral Counselor

Rob is an Idaho native and has always considered himself an outdoorsman with a fond appreciation for God's handiwork experienced through the panoramic vantage point of the Owyhee Mountain range or behind the handle of a garden hoe. Rob's passion for his Creator's world is also reflective of his greater love and devotion to his Christian faith and practice.

Like his grandfather, Russell P. King, Rob entered into a pastoral calling as a recorded minister of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. Rob has been a recorded minister for over 29 years, now serving as Pastoral Counselor of the Friends House.

Rob is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker teaching social work course studies at Northwest Nazarene University. He offers clinical and pastoral services at the Friends House as a licensed professional. Rob also possesses a passion for experiential education and provides team building training and events for the church and secular communities of Idaho.

Rob desires to use his God-given gifts and experience at Friends House to provide holistic Christian based services that instill health, healing and hope.

— Presiding Clerk

Anthony is a Master Teacher at a Nampa School District Elementary School, a two time graduate of NNU. He loves to run and may often be found at area marathon and half marathon events. His training as a school administrator has been a blessing to the administration of Friends House Ministries. Anthony and his wife Dana are planning starting the children's ministry of Friends House, expecting their first child in the summer of 2014.

— Recording Clerk

Jerry has served in Friends ministries for 30 years in Idaho, Oregon, Bolivia S. A., Kansas, and Texas and is currently teaching locally. He is a graduate of NNC and Western Evangelical Seminary (now GFU). Jerry enjoys carpentry, computer and web development, and several other hobbies. Jerry hopes to soon gain certification as a Idaho teacher of secondary math in order to teach in a local high school or middle school.

— Hospitality

Betty has been in nursing for 40 years and although not an Idaho native, she has adopted this state. She has a passion to know God, to hear His voice and spend time enjoying the work of His hands. Betty is passionate about family and hearing about family histories. She loves to be outdoors working in the yard, traveling, creative craft and quilt work, looking at the sky and reading. She loves to read books by Phillip Yancy, George McDonald, Lucy Swindoll, and historical fiction.

— Hospitality

Kerri teaches at a Nampa District Elementary School. Since her 1985 graduation from NNC she has taught her own daughters as well as students in Idaho, Kansas, and Texas. She enjoys art specializing in water color portraits, cooking and baking, scrabble, word puzzles, and Jeopardy. Her gift for hospitality makes planning and facilitating FHM events joyful and rewarding. (Photo: Kerri's artwork, photo pending)

Our House in Summer
Summer Foliage
Friends House — Summer Foliage
Summer Day Room, east view
Friends House — Summer Day Room, east view
On a winter evening
Friends House — On a winter evening
Corner of Fern Street at Amity Avenue
Friends House — Corner of Fern Street at Amity Avenue
Meeting Table
Friends House — Meeting Table
Meeting Room
Friends House — Meeting Room
Meeting Room
Friends House — Meeting Room
Summer Day Room, west view
Friends House — Summer Day Room, west view

Our ministry home was built in 1925 when Nampa was in the midst of a modified "Roaring Twenties." In its more recent history the building was Marshall's House Bed & Breakfast and later a rehabilitation home. We hope to augment the original intent of the previous owners' creativity and vision by providing a home–like atmosphere to community members who enjoy social and spiritual enrichment.

Due to the location of the home, Northwest Nazarene University is integral to the services of a living/learning educational/spiritual experience. Students embracing the mission and objectives of Friends House are welcome to participate in the ongoing ministries and business happenings of the home, or room in our lodgings. Professional and spiritual mentors are available to enhance the residents' experiences in their respective disciplines including social work, Christian ministries, nursing, music, etc. A wonderful network of professionals in these disciplines and others are either on staff or may be arranged by Friends House Ministries.

Other uses of the building include a main floor tea/coffee house setting, a summer day room, and office space for counseling and other professions related to the mission and purpose of the ministry. Our second floor bedrooms serve as temporary housing for community members who are in transition and are in need of spiritual and clinical counseling, for "Traveling Friends," or for low rental housing. Our housing is available as a meeting place for church staff, missionaries on furlough, or members of the church community who are in need of a sabbatical, a retreat, spiritual renewal or training. The intent of the Friends House is to provide a place of enrichment, healing and hope to the body, mind and soul of all God's people, those of us who are members of the body of Christ and those who are yet to follow our lead and embrace authentic Christian learning and living .

They will know (and experience ) that we are Christians by our love (Popular Chorus).

Friends Faith

Faith Expressed as Doctrine

This statement from Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church is one part of the covenant that unites Friends churches of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. This covenantal document is known as our "Faith and Practice," and includes not only an outline of our doctrine, but our Witness Through Action, our Spiritual Queries, and our Governance. Also available is a complete version of our Faith and Practice.

  1. God as Creator: We believe God is the Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos, whose creative work provides the basis for order, beauty, purpose, and rationality. God is holy and eternal; He is loving, almighty, and all-wise. He reveals Himself and His will to His creation. He illuminates humankind through rational understanding, experience, and direct revelation. He speaks through the Scriptures. We believe that in redeeming humanity, God is bringing the universe into a glorious expression of His purpose. In joy of this hope we offer Him honor and praise.
  2. God’s Revelation in Christ: We believe that the word of God spoken into every heart was supremely manifest in Jesus Christ, who in His virgin birth and sinless life was true God and perfect man. Christ is the Word. He is the Light that exposes our sin and brings us into the righteousness of God. He is the Redeemer through whose atoning death and resurrection we receive the forgiveness of God. He is Lord and to Him we give our obedience. Christ is the first and last word of divine wisdom by which God is drawing His creation into a new covenant of peace.
  3. God’s Revelation by the Spirit: We believe God is the source of truth, that there are no spiritual insights or principles independent of His revelation. God’s Spirit teaches us through the Scriptures and through the creation. He convicts and instructs conscience, testifies to salvation through Christ, and gives wisdom and power for holy living. The Spirit gives discernment concerning the purposes of God through natural and social history. The Spirit enlightens reason and quickens human creativity that we might share in the work of the Creator.
  4. God’s Revelation in the Scriptures: We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God. They are the divinely authorized record of the doctrines that we as Christians are bound to accept, and of the moral principles that are to regulate our lives and actions. By their own declaration, the Scriptures are able to make us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15 NIV). Interpreted by the Holy Spirit, they are an unfailing source of truth. We believe the Spirit will not lead persons or groups contrary to the teachings of the Scriptures.
  5. Human Redemption: We believe that God created the human being, male and female, in His own image; but that when Adam and Eve fell from a state of holy obedience, the human race lost a perfect relationship to God, and self instead of the Creator became the center of life. Through the blood of Christ our Savior we may be recovered from the fall and made right (justified) before God. To those who put their faith in Christ, God offers forgiveness of sins, regeneration of affections and actions, and final glorification of the resurrected body.
  6. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit: We believe Christ’s baptism to be the inward receiving of the promised Holy Spirit, whereby the believer is immersed in Jesus’ power, purity, and wisdom. This baptism is the essential Christian baptism: an experience of cleansing from sin that supplants old covenant rituals. The sanctification that is initiated with this experience is a continuing work of the Holy Spirit in which we are instructed into righteous living and perfected in love. Thus sanctification is the work of God’s grace by which our affections are purified and exalted to a supreme love of God.
  7. The Church: We believe the Church is composed of persons who, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, have been born into His Kingdom and baptized with the Holy Spirit into the one Body. These persons agree together to follow Jesus as Lord. This Church is spiritual in nature, universal in scope, holy in character, and redemptive in purpose. Its head is Jesus Christ, who serves immediately as priest and ministers directly as teacher and prophet. The Church exists visibly in local meetings for worship and in groupings of these churches as they are united in common expressions of faith and action.
  8. God’s Kingdom: We believe the Church is called to demonstrate in this life the righteous character of Christ’s present and coming Kingdom. The Kingdom is present now to the extent that the people of God hear His voice and obey it. The coming Kingdom will be initiated by the second appearing of Jesus Christ (as foretold by the prophets) and by the resurrection of the dead. The world will then be judged righteously by Jesus Christ and there will come everlasting punishment for the finally unrepentant wicked and everlasting blessedness for the righteous. At that time the world will be freed from the grip of evil and satanic power, and Christ will reign over a restored universe.
  9. The Spiritual Experience: We believe that we may experience Christ directly and immediately without the necessity of priestly or ceremonial intervention and that this experience is available to every person. The spiritual life is nourished by the Holy Spirit, who teaches and guides us both individually and corporately according to His commandments. For Friends the supper of the Lord is an inward feeding on Christ by faith in response to His broken body and shed blood.
  10. Worship: Worship is the adoring response of heart and mind to the Spirit of God. The meeting for worship brings a personal and corporate renewal, an edification and communion of believers, and a witness of the Gospel to the unconverted. We recognize the value of silence to center our thoughts upon God. We believe the Spirit speaks to worshipers through persons He has prepared and selected, whose message may be given in various modes by men or women, children or adults. We believe God calls some persons to a special preaching ministry, which the church should respectfully receive. Friends observe the first day of the week for corporate worship and for rest.

Faith Expressed through Witness

  1. Christian Witness Through Ministry: We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows gifts on the followers of Christ for them to use on behalf of church and society and that these gifts should be exercised in all of life, not just at religious gatherings. We believe God calls the Church to encourage the general ministry of all Christians and to facilitate the special work of the men and women He ordains for public ministry. Friends desiring to be of service should remain open to the leading of the Spirit. Service and ministry should spring from a devotion to the will of God.
  2. Christian Witness to Peace: We believe the precepts of Christ our Lord and the whole spirit of His Gospel call us to live at peace with all people. Therefore we consider war and violence incompatible with the holiness we profess. We ask our leaders to choose nonviolent alternatives for sustaining economic and civil order. We respect government as an instrument of God to restrain evil and promote justice, and we submit to it in matters that do not interfere with obedience to Christ our Lord. When conflicts arise among persons, we will resolve them in a spirit of humility, with love for those who oppose us, and in accordance with biblical methods of peacemaking. (See Matthew 18 and George Fox’s “Gospel Order.”)
  3. Christian Witness to Justice: We witness to the dignity and worth of all persons before God. We repudiate and seek to remove discrimination based on gender, race, nationality, or class. We deplore the use of selfish ends to gain unfair advantage, and we urge political, economic, and social justice for all peoples. We consider civil order most just when conscience is free and religious faith uncoerced.
  4. Commitment to Simplicity: As Friends we have a long tradition for adhering to scriptural injunctions for plain living. In this respect, we are encouraged to work toward transforming the values of our culture rather than conforming without question. We recognize our responsibility for the care and use of the earth and, therefore, our obligation to maintain a style of living that will conserve resources for future generations.
  5. Commitment to Integrity: We believe that integrity of speech and action honors Christ as it advances truth and, therefore, should characterize our social and business relationships. In allegiance to Christ’s command, we refrain from swearing oaths and from profanity of speech. We consider integrity a mark of Christian holiness.
  6. Respect for Human Life: We reject the unchristian preempting of God’s authority over human life. Because we trust God as the righteous and final judge before whom we spend our lives in probation, we oppose capital punishment. Because we believe in the sacredness of human life, we oppose abortion for personal convenience.
  7. Respect for the Body: We affirm the sacredness of body, mind, and spirit, and the necessity for Christians to conduct themselves in ways that honor God. Out of respect for ourselves and consideration for those we influence, we refuse to be defiled by salacious literature and amusements, and we reject involvement that could lead to drug or alcohol abuse, or to occult religious practices. We consider the body a temple of God to be cared for with respect, the mind a gift from God to be developed for personal and social enrichment, and the spirit an inner place for God to dwell.
  8. Christian Witness to Human Sexuality: We hold that only marriage is conducive to godly fulfillment in sexual relationships for the purposes of reproduction and enrichment of life. We consider sexual intimacy outside marriage as sinful because it distorts God’s purposes for human sexuality. We denounce, as contrary to the moral laws of God, acts of homosexuality, sexual abuse, and any other form of sexual perversion (see “Human Sexuality,” ). The church, however, as a community of forgiven persons, remains loving and sensitive to those we consider in error. Because God’s grace can deliver from sins of any kind, we are called to forgive those who have repented and to free them for participation in the church.
  9. Christian Witness to the Home: We believe the church sustains the home whether the home consists of immediate family members, persons together because of need, or one person alone. We value the single person and respect singleness whether by choice or circumstance. Gospel order affords equality to single and married persons. We believe that marriage is ordained of God to order the human family in love and that it is a lifetime commitment, not to be broken except on scriptural grounds; but we also recognize the church as a place for the healing of hurts, including those of broken marriages. We hold the godly home accountable for the nurture and care of those within its circle, particularly the children and the aged. For all in our various homes, the church provides support for the disciplines of truth and love and sustenance in times of distress.
  10. Commitment to Christian Faith and Witness: We believe the Christian life is characterized by disciplined devotion and commitment, by a hunger for God and a thirst for righteousness. This commitment is strengthened by habits of prayer and Bible reading. For us this Christian faith involves commitment to the work of Friends. Although we respect freedom of conscience and honor diversity in the family of God, we affirm our covenant with God as Friends people. Therefore, we aim to be faithful to those structures of our denominational life through which our Gospel witness is made clear.

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