This month, over 80 church planters, potential planters, and MTSBC staff met for the annual Church Planting Retreat at Fairmont Hot Springs. Those who attended not only left with information that could be utilized in their individual situations, but were able to relax, refresh, and continue to build relationships with others in similar situations.
The speaker this year was Rick Curtis, West Region Mobilizer and National Church Planting Catalyst Director for the North American Mission Board. With a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, a Masters of Divinity, and plenty of practical experience, Rick was able to share in all aspects of church planting life, from preparing future leaders to time management and decision making. He also covered the topic of “failing fast,” which means, “Stand up, shake it off, learn, and keep going.” William Johnson, Church Planting Team Leader for MTSBC said, “Rick covered topics that were relevant to church plants of all ages – all planters need to develop leaders. Some topics were great refreshers of foundational and fundamental practices. Others were brand new tools that some of us have never heard of but will definitely utilize in our areas of ministry as leaders.”
Montana has some incredibly talented and energetic church planters. The Church Planter Retreat is just one of the many resources MTSBC provides to help them succeed and to make their sometimes-difficult mission a little easier. “Montana Southern Baptist Convention is leading the way in preparing and energizing their church planting families for the mission of God in their state. It’s their culture, it’s the standard that everything is measured by. Great things are ahead,” Rick said.
Although teaching and equipping is the foremost goal of the retreat, it is also important for the planters and wives to get know each other and to know that they are not alone in the situations they are facing. When they gather for the retreat, they are also able to support each other in their trials and celebrate their victories together. “I was very impressed by the unity and fellowship among the brothers and sisters in Montana. They see the big goal, working together for the kingdom. They support each other and work together with a deep familial spirit. What a joy to know these guys and their wives are out there on the front lines,” says Rick.
For more information on the church planters currently serving in Montana, go to http://mtsbc.org/church-planters/.