Where Do We Need Church Plants?

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

Butte, Montana

“Where do we need church plants?” is one of the most frequent questions asked of our MTSBC Church Planting Team. The next few articles will highlight some of these priorities for church planting in our state. This month, we will focus on Butte – Butte, America, that is. Butte is Montana’s fifth largest city. There are some 34,000 residents in … Read More

Summer Vision Tour 2018

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team, Potential Church Starts

Vision Tour 2018

This year marked the fourth consecutive year that MTSBC has hosted a Summer Vision Tour to share ministry opportunities in Montana with potential planters and sponsoring churches. This year, Michael Liner and William Johnson hosted guests from Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico. In two days, the group covered 572 miles, stopping along the way to gather stories about communities, churches, … Read More

MTSBC Recruits at the 2018 SBC Annual Meeting

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

MTSBC Booth at the SBC Annual Meeting

For the third year in a row, MTSBC has hosted an information booth at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. This year’s meeting was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX. The theme for the meeting was “Testify! Go. Stand. Speak.” Nearly 10,000 messengers attended the convention this year. Many Montana planters and pastors, … Read More

9 Reasons to Be a Sending Church

North American Mission BoardAll Enews, Planting Team

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Why would a church want to be a Sending Church? Taking responsibility for a new church plant can be difficult and time consuming. Sending your best people, investing your time and sharing your resources to begin a new work in a difficult place requires a giant step of faith. So, what should move a church to take on this great … Read More

Church in Columbia Falls Seeks to Spread the Gospel

Jessica CruschAll Enews, Planting Team

Crockett Family, Columbia Falls

Bruce Crockett first heard about the need for pastors and churches in Montana in 2014 after he listened to a presentation through the Tennessee-Montana partnership. Bruce was astonished when he heard the statistic that 80% of Montanans are unsaved. He felt called to try and make a dent in that statistic. Shortly after, he told a friend of his, Kyle … Read More

Resource: Church Planting Pipeline

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

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Have you been looking for a tool or resource that can help you not only discover and assess possible leaders or missionaries, but also develop them when discovered? The Church Planting Pipeline is just such a tool that has been developed by the North American Mission Board. Created to help discover and develop potential church planters, each level of competencies … Read More

MTSBC Church Planting Highlights

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

Livingston Montana Overlook

Every now and then it is good to just reflect on what is going on in church planting in Montana. Here is just a snapshot of a few things that have taken place in recent weeks. Church of the Rockies, Red Lodge – COTR recently had 122 in attendance for worship on a Sunday morning! Pastor Lee Merck is excited … Read More

Challenges of Planting a Church

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

Brennan's Wave, Missoula

There is no question that every ministry has its challenges. Sometimes the success of the ministry is recognizing those challenges and being prepared to work through each and every one. The following list highlights some, but definitely not all, of the challenges of church planting. Although each point has a short description – an article could be written on each. … Read More

Church Planter Retreat 2018

Jeannie HayesAll Enews, Planting Team

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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 … Read More

Vision Tour and MPact Montana

William JohnsonAll Enews, Planting Team

Polson, Montana

For three summers, the Church Planting Team has hosted Vision Tours for those considering ministry opportunities in Montana. The tours have been open for those interested in planting a church, pastoring, sponsoring a church plant, bringing mission teams, etc. These tours have been very successful in engaging potential ministry partners with our existing planters and pastors and casting the vision … Read More