welcome

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Thanks for visiting our site.  We want you to know DF is a place where it’s okay to not be okay. It’s a place where you can be accepted as you are, experience an amazing depth of grace, and heal from your hurts.

We present the basic, enduring Biblical standards and principles that people of all backgrounds can base their lives upon and use to embrace a new life in Christ. At DF, you’ll find it easy to belong and can become all that God wants you to be. It’s the perfect place for imperfect people.

So, if you’re new to Deer Flat, check out our “Biblical Foundations” class. It’s the next step in getting connected. We’ll look forward to your visit!

Dave McGarrah - Pastor 

WORSHIP SERVICES

9:30 AM

Worship service music is led by our choir, organ, and instruments accompanying traditional hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs. Scripture and prayer prepare our hearts to receive the teaching of The Word. Communion is most often served the third Sunday of the month.

11:00 AM

Worship service music is led by our Praise Band accompanying songs of celebration and contemplation, incorporating the Arts, Scripture, and prayer to enhance the teaching of The Word. Communion is most often served the third Sunday of the month. 

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Core Values

We have 4 Core Values. These have been a part of our DNA for the past 100 years. They are critical in helping us stay on track with our passions.

WORSHIP

Our worship of God is our primary practice, pursued with Biblically motivated zeal and offered in reverence with humility and joy.

CONNECT

Our commitment to connect people to God, to one another, and to His Body so that we can maximize our effectiveness as a local church. 

EQUIP

This puts feet to our passion to see people reach their full potential in Christ. We want to help each person reach their God given potential as they discover their spiritual gifts and abilities.

SERVE

The commitment to live our lives for something greater than ourselves. This brings us joy and fulfillment as we take up our towel and give ourselves to bless others. 

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beliefs

We are a part of the Free Methodist Church.

Our Collective Mission: "To love God, love people and make disciples." 

Our Collective Vision: "To bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people multiplying disciples, leaders, groups and churches." 

Communion:  The Lord's Supper (Communion) is a celebration of our redemption by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There are many varied beliefs and traditions in many congregations.

Communion:  The Lord's Supper (Communion) is a celebration of our redemption by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There are many varied beliefs and traditions in many congregations.At Deer Flat Church, we celebrate Communion on the third Sunday of each month as well as other appropriate occasions.

The elements represent Christ's broken body and shed blood, but the elements are never to be objects of worship.  We believe that Christ is present in this celebration, but His body and blood are not literally present in the elements.

In a spiritual manner, the body of Christ is received and eaten in faith.

Baptism:  Water baptism is an important step of obedience in faith for every believer.  Jesus Himself insisted that He be baptized at the very beginning of His public ministry.  

At Deer Flat Church, we believe that everyone who comes to Christ, regardless of age, should be baptized at the first opportunity.  This would include children who have come to the age of understanding what a personal commitment to Jesus means and a desire to publicly confess their decision to follow  Him as Savior and leader of their life.

We further believe that infants should be brought before the congregation as the parents dedicate their child to the Lord.  In this service, parent(s) commit themselves to raising their child in the Christian faith.  The congregation also affirms its commitment to minister and care for children. 

Membership: Becoming a member of Deer Flat Church involves three steps:

1. Attend the LIFE 101 Seminar & sign the Covenant                                                                                                                                    
The 101 seminar is designed to introduce you to Christ and His family at Deer Flat.  Attending the 101 seminar is required for membership.

2. Meet with a Pastor (Optional)                                                                                                                                                                     |
We have attempted to answer as many questions as possible in the LIFE 101 Seminar.  If you would like to speak with a pastor for more information, please make a note on the Membership Covenant page.

3. Get welcomed into the Church Fellowship                                                                                                                                              
The final step of membership is getting welcomed into the church during one of our Sunday morning services.  This typically happens two or three weeks after the 101 Seminar.  As a group, you will be invited up front and asked some "I do" affirmation questions about your beliefs.  Then you will be introduced to the congregation.

Follow these links to learn more about who we are as Free Methodists:

Distinctives

Free Methodist Church of North America


staff

Dave McGarrah  - Lead Pastor  pastordave@deerflat.org

Dave McGarrah - Lead Pastor
pastordave@deerflat.org

Phil Whitbeck  - Associate Pastor Adult Ministries & Missions  philwhitbeck@deerflat.org

Phil Whitbeck - Associate Pastor
Adult Ministries & Missions
philwhitbeck@deerflat.org

Carol Whitbeck  - Associate Pastor Heritage Worship & Creative Arts  carolwhitbeck@deerflat.org

Carol Whitbeck - Associate Pastor
Heritage Worship & Creative Arts
carolwhitbeck@deerflat.org

Ryan Stoops  - Associate Pastor Young Adults/Families  ryanstoops@deerflat.org

Ryan Stoops - Associate Pastor
Young Adults/Families
ryanstoops@deerflat.org

Martin Flaherty  - Associate Pastor MIddle School & High School  martinflaherty@deerflat.org

Martin Flaherty - Associate Pastor
MIddle School & High School
martinflaherty@deerflat.org

Julie Walker  - Children's Director Nursery-5th Grade  juliewalker@deerflat.org

Julie Walker - Children's Director
Nursery-5th Grade
juliewalker@deerflat.org

Jason Leist  - Associate Pastor Contemporary Worship & LIFE Groups  jasonleist@deerflat.org

Jason Leist - Associate Pastor
Contemporary Worship & LIFE Groups
jasonleist@deerflat.org

Rick Day  - Executive Administrator  rickday@deerflat.org

Rick Day - Executive Administrator
rickday@deerflat.org


governance

Deer Flat operates as a "Society" under the Free Methodist Book of Discipline (available in the church library) and the Bylaws of The Deer Flat Free Methodist Church, Inc. Deer Flat is incorporated in the state of Idaho.  A nominee for the Board of Directors must be an official member in good standing, give regularly (tithe), attend regularly and complete the Leadership Development Course.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors consists of nine elected leaders and is chaired by the Lead Pastor. Each director serves a three year term. They provide oversight for the affairs of the church in cooperation with the staff and the membership of the church.

Joel Bitters  - 2022

Joel Bitters - 2022

Paul Bull  - 2020

Paul Bull - 2020

Lori Church  - 2021

Lori Church - 2021

Curtis Johnson  - 2021

Curtis Johnson - 2021

John McGee  - 2020

John McGee - 2020

Carol Morgan  - 2020

Carol Morgan - 2020

David Orias  - 2021

David Orias - 2021

Mike TenHulzen  - 2022

Mike TenHulzen - 2022

Mike Williamson  - 2022

Mike Williamson - 2022


FAQ

How long are the services? 

The 9:30 am service is 1 hour and the 11:00 am service is 1 hour 15 minutes. 


Is there a dress code?

Feel free to dress in the manner that you are most comfortable. You can dress up, go casual or anywhere in between. We accept you as you are! 


What style of music do you use in your services? 

Our 9:30 worship service music is led by our choir, organ, and instruments accompanying traditional hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs.

Our 11:00 worship service music is led by our Praise Band accompanying songs of celebration and contemplation, incorporating the Arts, Scripture, and prayer to enhance the teaching of The Word.


ARE THERE THINGS FOR MY KIDS?

Deer Flat has exciting age appropriate ministries for children and youth. Please check out the Children and Youth pages for more information. 


Do you record your services? 

We offer audio and video of the sermon portion of our services. It is generally available by Monday afternoon in the Media section of our website


What if I have more questions? 

We would be happy to answer any of your questions. Please contact us at 208-459-3845 or info@deerflat.org