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The Montana Baptist E-News | January 2014

2014 CALENDAR

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March

3.2-9 North American Missions Emphasis

3.? Associational Leadership Meeting

3.5-6 Executive Board Meeting

3.6-7 M-Pact Montana 2014

3.16 YCC Sunday

3.30 Easter


April

4.1 Staff Meeting

4.5 Statewide VBS Training

4.11-12 Get Real Youth Conference

4.13 Cooperative Program Sunday

4.19 Developing & Managing People Training

4.20 Easter

4.21-25 Exponential Conference

4.24-26 Celebration for Women


May

5.6-7 TSBA Men's Retreat

5.6-8 Spring Staff Retreat

5.9 ELEVATE Training

5.19-21 Transitional Pastor Training

5.19-23 Yellowstone Innovators Missionary Orientation

5.26 Memorial Day Office Closed


June

6.2-4 Summer Missionary Orientation

6.5 Staff Meeting

6.9-11 SBC Annual Meeting


July

7.4 Independence Day Office Closed

7.27-8.10 Peru Mission Trip

7.28-29 Send North America


August

7.27-8.10 Peru Mission Trip

8.5 Staff Meeting

8.8-9 MSBW Leadership Team Summer Retreat


September

9.7,14,21,28 Montana Missions Offering Emphasis

9.1 Labor Day Office Closed

9.4 Staff Meeting

9.16-17 MTSBC Executive Board Meeting

9.18-19 ELEVATE Training

9.30 Staff Meeting


October

10.7 Associational Leadership Meeting

10.7 Pastors’ Conference

10.7 Pastors’ Wives Luncheon

10.7-8 MTSBC Annual Meeting


November

11.6 Staff Meeting

11.20-21 ELEVATE Training

11.27-28 Thanksgiving Day Office Closed


December

12.30-1.7 International Missions Emphasis

12.10-11 Winter Staff Retreat

12.11 Christmas Party

12.25 Christmas

12.24-31 Office Closed


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Troy Community Church Ministers in Crisis

By Diane Bricker

A Christmas tree had caught on fire in a Troy, Montana apartment that left one of the families homeless, losing all of their possessions.

Troy, MT – On December 11, 2013, Troy Community Baptist Church was offered a ministry opportunity.


At 6:00 am, Pastor Cam Foote received a call from the American Red Cross. A Christmas tree had caught on fire in an apartment in a fourteen until building that left one of the families homeless, losing all of their possessions. This gave the church a chance to open their doors as an American Red Cross Shelter.


“Every church needs to be ready to minister when disasters happen,” said Pastor Foote.


The church had already been through the process and accepted as a shelter several years prior. In 2007, when a mission team from Easthaven Baptist Church in Kalispell came to help with a construction project, one of the members said the church facility would make a great Red Cross Shelter.

On December 11, 2013, the church was ready. By 8:00 am that cold winter morning, a team had breakfast ready for those displaced by the fire, firemen, police men and first responders. The church has a food pantry and thrift store ready for anyone in need. The facility was also able to house the effected families until they could find other arrangements. The local motel that usually houses fire victims had to turn off their power because of the fire.


Troy Community Baptist Church also served as a triage center for the America Red Cross. The location made it an ideal place for the whole community to donate directly to survivors of the fire. Over $3,000.00 was collected and given to those affected by the fire.


“We have new families coming to church every week since this happened.” Pastor Foote exclaimed.


If you would like for your church to reach out to your community in a time of crisis, the criteria for being a shelter is relatively simple.


First, contact your local American Red Cross office. The Montana office contact number is 800-272-6668.


Second, Red Cross shelters have to have adequate bathroom, shower and kitchen facilities. Heat and electricity are also necessary.


Next, the facility has to have a visible location in the community that makes it easy for access to the building.


Finally, your church will have to agree to have a team available to meet the requirements of the American Red Cross on short notice.

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MPact Montana 2014

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

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Servant Evangelism

by Mark Langley, Church Strengthening Team Leader, MTSBC

The North American Mission Board is emphasizing a 10 year plan in anticipation that everyone in North America will hear the gospel by 2020. GPS 2020 has encouraged the states to participate every other year for the designated theme of that year.


The theme of 2014 is servant evangelism.


Many of our MTSBC churches are already involved in community ministry projects of all kinds. Let me urge you to plan a community ministry project during the year of 2014 which is intentionally evangelistic.


I have heard it often said, “Preach the gospel and use as few words as possible.” It is a fact that skeptical America has hardened their ears to the lip service of our churches.

The Apostle James advocates that our faith is dead without the accompanying works which result of the fruit of His Spirit overflowing to those around us. This is a day and age in which we are called to show and prove our faith.


I am currently reading a provocative and convicting book entitled The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision. He claims that the American church is asleep to the poor and destitute of our world.


My senses have once again been stirred and refreshed to the desperate needs of the greater part of the world. Stearns urges us to remember that the poor and destitute are in our communities, towns, and cities and that our gospel is incomplete when all we do is preach and teach. Let us not allow The Great Commission to become the Great Omission.


The Lord has reminded us in a familiar parable that as we feed the hungry, minister to the sick, clothe the naked, and visit the imprisoned that we also do this to the Lord. We can begin this “mind of Christ” attitude this Christmas by dropping a sacrificial monetary gift into the Lottie Moon offering fund. I am told by my missionary son that new missionaries are on a “waiting list” to go and serve but the funds are not available.


This shortfall has even limited his own opportunities to minister to the immigrants of Toronto, Canada. A deeply convicting proverb tells us that “giving to the poor is like a loan to the Lord.” Someday we shall stand before Him and give account of the deeds done in the flesh. Even though my salvation is secure through His grace, I expect that I will stand there ashamed and regretful for the deeds I failed to do.


Let us not be guilty of perpetrating an incomplete gospel. Yes, we must preach, teach, and witness. But I believe that we must also do the gospel for it to become believable.


So I’m issuing three challenges: 1) Be thankful to God for His many blessings at Thanksgiving. 2) Give to the Lottie Moon offering at Christmas. 3) And in this coming New Year serve the poor, hungry, deprived, homeless, and destitute in your community. Then along with our teaching and preaching, the whole gospel will go forth.

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MTSBC Churches Give Record Amount to Missions

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

2013 was a huge Praise the Lord Year for Montana Southern Baptist churches. In a day of economic uncertainty, MTSBC churches have experienced their very best year in the history of the convention in Cooperative Program giving.


“This reflects the faithful and sacrificial giving of our people and churches across Montana”, said Fred Hewett, State Executive Director. “The heart of Southern Baptists is missions and it is as strong here in Montana as it is anywhere” he explained.


The 2013 MTSBC Cooperative Program giving exceeds the previous record set in 2008.

The Cooperative Program is the primary means by which Southern Baptist churches fund their respective state convention ministries, and the missions and ministries of the SBC. This includes over 10,000 international and North American missionaries, theological education, ethics and religious liberty.


Each local MTSBC church determines their level of participation in giving to missions through the Cooperative. MTSBC church plants are asked to give 7% of their budget to the CP.


The 2013 giving record of MTSBC churches are listed below.


Cooperative Giving Report
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Four Ways to Prevent Ministry Burnout

By Ed Stetzer

By Ed Stetzer

"To create boundaries, pastors must be able to say no when other people want them to say yes."

Ed Stetzer


When I planted my first church in the inner city of Buffalo, N.Y., I was in addition to those duties a husband to Donna, an insulation installer (to support us) and a Pittsburgh seminary student who drove four hours to class.


Perhaps surprisingly, I was actually able to maintain all of those roles for a while. It wasn’t the rapidity of my activity that hurt me, but rather my lack of solid boundaries around my schedule, particularly at church.


The fact that I’m still in ministry today should tell you that I have learned some lessons along the way. I’m passionate about sharing those I have gleaned. Think of them as four fence posts that set up a defined boundary around a healthy ministry.

The First Post: Recognize your role in the church.

While you, as the pastor, have some responsibility for the church, only Jesus bears that ultimately. When this boundary is ignored, the church is built around the pastor, who becomes part of the problem.


At my second church plant, we had grown to a congregation of about 125 after 18 months. While this might seem like a positive development, it became an Achilles’ heel for me. Obsessed with attendance numbers, I called all regular and occasional attendees every Saturday to encourage them to attend the next day.


When pastors misunderstand their role like I did, they tend to put all their focus on some predetermined view of success rather than those things they are biblically called to, such as shepherding and equipping.


The Second Post: Pursue personal health.

To create proper boundaries, pastors must be able to say no when other people want them to say yes.


As an interim pastor, a family once asked if I could talk to their son so he could receive Christ. I very kindly answered no, explaining that I did not want to take that opportunity from them. Unfortunately, Johnny’s parents didn’t see it that way. They called two small groups worth of people explaining that the interim was the devil. Within two weeks, however, they thanked me.


It doesn’t always work out that way, but in this case, the boundaries created a special moment for this family. Pastors must not allow the people in their congregation to bring cultural expectations to their boundaries. Instead, they must allow the Bible to inform boundary implementation.


The Third Post: Guard your flock.

And sometimes you have to guard it from other Christians. It may seem ironic, but some of the people from whom you have to most tenaciously guard your church are other believers.


At the church I pastor now, I encouraged a first-time visitor to move on from our church and find another that was going to best meet his passions. I was protecting the flock God has entrusted to me from someone whose friends called “The Prophecy Terrorist.”


Your church is not a public square for specific-issue-driven Christians to debate and opine. It’s a place you are to guard and shepherd. It doesn’t sound very American, but it is very biblical.


The Fourth Post: Know what you can and cannot do.

At my current church, there are three things and only three things that I do: I meet with the staff, I preach about 70 percent of the time and I lead a small group in my home.


Why those three things? They are the three things that only I can do. The key to establishing this boundary is knowing what you can and cannot do. Churches will want you to do everything. You should do something, but you should do the right thing.


Typically, your “right thing” will line up with your gifts. Bring others alongside you and build a team to tackle the other areas. This team is what will truly help you to accomplish what God has called you to do as a leader.


When you establish these four fence posts, you will enable and encourage growth in yourself and your church. Without these four, you will more than likely experience ministry burnout and hinder the development of those under your care and the church as a whole.


You must be intentional about the long-term health of yourself, your family, your ministry and your church. If you are not, your boundaries will be compromised and your schedule will be full, but your body and spirit will be exhausted.

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Mohler Defends Duck Dynasty on CNN

By Aaron Cline Hanbury

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — Earlier today on “CNN Newsroom,” R. Albert Mohler Jr. defended the view of homosexuality espoused by “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, noting the reality television celebrity’s concern to spread the message of the gospel.


Robertson, the “patriarch” of the Louisiana family featured in A&E network’s widely popular reality television show, told a writer for GQ magazine about his Christian faith and the faith of his family. He spoke openly — and at times crudely and graphically — about sin. His comments specifically related to homosexuality, which he views as sinful, caused A&E to suspend Robertson indefinitely from the show. And his dismissal has generated a controversy centering around the Christian perspective on homosexuality, religious liberty and freedom of speech.


“I’m going to defend Phil on this very clearly,” Mohler, who is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told “CNN Newsroom” host Brooke Baldwin.

“He put his comments in the context of the gospel; he was doing exactly what Christians should do,” he said. “And, by the way, the GQ article is very clear about this. His concern was to help people to know their need for Christ and to turn to Christ and to believe in Christ and find salvation in Christ.”


Mohler added: “And he was talking about that in the context of sin; he wasn’t comparing one sin to another. He was doing what the Bible does repeatedly: and that is put out a list of sins that includes all of us so we know our need for Christ. And in those sins, Phil was very clear: he included himself amongst the sinners who needs Jesus, like we all have to do continually. ”


Baldwin asked Mohler if he supported Robertson’s comments. In response, he explained that while he would not express himself in the manner Robertson did, he affirms the biblical teaching embraced by Robertson.


“I wouldn't have put it exactly how he put it; I wouldn't have been so anatomical,” Mohler said. “He was answering a question he was asked and he did so in a way that, in terms of its substance, was unquestionably faithful to the Scripture and is faithful to what most people around the world believe right now, and what virtually all Christians have believed throughout the entire history of the church until this moment, and continuing. … I wouldn’t have said it exactly how he said it. But what he said — what is causing the offence — is classic Christianity.”


Mohler also said that he thinks the reason that “Duck Dynasty” appeals to such a large audience — some 14 million weekly viewers, according to Nielsen — is its presentation of a “wholesome” family that is not available elsewhere on television.


“Part of the reason why millions of Americans love ‘Duck Dynasty’ has very little to do with ducks, and everything to do with the Christian life, the family life, the wholesomeness of that program. And quite frankly it’s a picture of family life you don’t get almost anywhere else in terms of popular television. That’s why there’s no much attention there. And there’s a very positive, healthy depiction of Christianity in life of that family.”


During the same segment as Mohler, Baldwin spoke with Wilson Cruz, strategic giving officer and national spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Although Mohler and Cruz both appeared on-screen along with Baldwin, the two did not interact.


Clips from the “Duck Dynasty” segment of “CNN Newsroom” are available here.


This morning, Mohler posted an essay at his website — “You Have Been Warned—The ‘Duck Dynasty’ Controversy” — addressing the issue.

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2014 MTSBC Calendar

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

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