National Pastors' Orientation (NPO)
The National Pastors' Orientation (NPO) will be held in San Diego from March 22-24, 2021.
These orientations are held every two years and are sponsored by the USMB Board of Faith and Life. The invitation to attend is extended to any MB pastors new to the pastorate or new to our conference, or if you are a pastoral staff member who has never attended. Spouses are especially welcome.
This event provides an excellent opportunity to get connected with leaders and other pastors in our national and district families. Those who attend will learn about the MB family structure, theology, how we read the Bible and a short lesson on our Anabaptist and MB history. Many USMB resources including life insurance, retirement opportunities and more will be presented during the orientation. This is a fun and informative event and an opportunity to get away and be renewed and refreshed.
Matthew Hamilton and his wife, Michelle, attended the NPO in 2017. He shared this about his experience, "I found this opportunity to be both informative and relaxing. I made valuable connections to people and various MB organizations that have served me well in my ministry as lead pastor."
The event and lodging will be at the Island Palms Hotel and Marina on Shelter Island in San Diego, Calif. The registration fee per person is (pending) and includes 3 nights lodging (Sun/Mon/Tues), meals and all NPO events.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is not provided by the hotel. However, the hotel is a short distance from the airport and we will be glad to make arrangements for your transportation to and from the airport upon request. All meals and meetings will be at the hotel. Transportation to the special events will be provided. We can also provide limited transportation to local area events during the free afternoon upon request. A rental car is only necessary if desired.
SCHEDULE: The event begins Monday morning at 8:00 am with breakfast and concludes Wednesday after lunch. There is no childcare provided. Get the full schedule of events and activities.
HOW TO PACK: Shelter Island is a peninsula on the North San Diego Bay. There is a beautiful walking path near the shoreline right outside the hotel and the harbor on the opposite side of the hotel. There are bike rentals available from the hotel. Casual (think beach) clothing is appropriate for all the NPO events. Be sure to bring a warm jacket (and maybe long pants) as the ocean breeze can be quite chilly, especially in the mornings and evenings.
VACATION: We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy a few extra days in San Diego. To help make this possible, we have asked the hotel to extend the reduced rate for three days prior to and after the NPO event. If you plan to stay, just select the days of your stay when you register and Donna Sullivan will bill you for the additional days. (Room rates are $129 + tax for 1-2 people. Additional nights will be billed to you separately.)
FREE TIME: San Diego offers many fun (and free) activities for adults and families alike. Check out this website for ideas.