The Beauty of Local Cooperation

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

The Beauty of Local Cooperation Across the state of Montana, churches are separated by time and space, so each has to be intentional about staying connected. The churches in the Triangle Baptist Association still see the value in local cooperation and realize they play a strategic role in strengthening one another. At their Annual Meeting this past Sunday, they pledged … Read More

5 INTENTIONAL WAYS TO SHAPE THE CULTURE OF YOUR CHURCH

mtsbcAll Enews, Strengthening Team

By Jimmy Scroggins Culture can be a nebulous term and is not easily defined in the context of any organization, including the church. Culture is what it feels like to be a part of your church. It’s more caught than taught, and it’s always mediated through leadership over time. Leaders must think carefully about how we want our churches to feel. … Read More

Love. Hope. Music. Fun.

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

In the summer of 2016, a man from Hamilton, MT with a burden for lost souls contacted the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and made a passionate plea for a “Crusade” to be held in Montana.  This cry for help kicked off a series of exploratory trips by the BGEA to determine the receptivity of the churches in Montana to hosting … Read More

A Respite for the Soul and Reaching Out for Help

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

One thing pastors often fail to do well is to take some time of Sabbath and Sabbatical.  Times of rest and refreshing are so important to our long-term health but the pressing needs of ministry priorities and life responsibilities often drown out the crying of our soul.  This is even more prevalent among our bi-vocational pastors who manage full-time jobs … Read More

What to Do When You Want to Give Up

Pastor Rick WarrenAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Originally published by pastors.com on July 23, 2019 I hear from pastors all the time who are ready to give up. They’re tired. They’re frustrated. They feel like they’ve failed their family, their congregation—and God. Any veteran church leader has experienced discouragement. In fact, some of us have been through several trying seasons. It’s not a sin to get discouraged—it … Read More

The Netflix of Christian Media

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

It has been several months since we shared free access to RightNow Media.  Summer is upon us and there is a lot of new content being added for your benefit.  If you did not follow through with the first opportunity, here is another chance to get signed up.  Just send an email to dhales@mtsbc.org and you will get a personal … Read More

Welcome Rodeo Fans!

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

When Pastor Chad Scarborough of First Baptist Church in Shelby, MT considered a unique way to connect with his community and share the Gospel in a culturally relevant way, he decided to get his horses involved.  Why not?  This is Montana! The idea was sparked by a young man, new to the church, who Pastor Chad meets with for discipleship.  … Read More

God is Opening Doors in Lincoln, MT

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

When Marshall and Katelyn Visger answered the call to ministry at Lincoln Baptist Church, they saw it as an incredible opportunity.  While the church family was made up of only a faithful few and serving in Lincoln comes with many challenges, Marshal saw this as his “dream job” because he and Katelyn love small towns and the outdoor life.  With … Read More

Who’s Your One?

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

As a Christ follower, you are empowered by God to intentionally share how God has transformed your life.  Yes, you can help a coworker, neighbor, friend, or family member who is far away from God experience new life in Jesus.  Do you believe that? Now, imagine if everyone in your church family believed that was true.  What if believers lived … Read More

Journeying to Share His Light with Peru, Part 1

Felicia HendersonAll Enews, Strengthening Team

It had been over 7 and a half years since our family had stepped foot back onto Peruvian soil.  Our family of four had served a 2-year term in Lima with the International Mission Board as missionaries, leading the translator ministry for the northern portion of Peru. We handled the logistics of USA church teams working in the villages of … Read More