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The Montana Baptist E-News | May 2014


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7.4 Independence Day Office Closed

7.27-8.10 Peru Mission Trip

7.28-29 Send North America


7.27-8.10 Peru Mission Trip

8.5 Staff Meeting

8.8-9 MSBW Leadership Team Summer Retreat


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


10.7 Associational Leadership Meeting

10.7 Pastors’ Conference

10.7 Pastors’ Wives Luncheon

10.7-8 MTSBC Annual Meeting

10.17-18 Get Real West


11.6 Staff Meeting

11.20-21 ELEVATE Training

11.27-28 Thanksgiving Day Office Closed


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


Get Real East 2014 - The Best Yet

Brandi Taber, MTSBC Staff Writer

“This is the BEST one yet!” Have you ever been a part of an event like that? It’s a blessing to be able to go into an event, know it’s been prepared and ready with most careful, thought-out plans, a lot of prayer, and watch God work! That’s exactly what happened at this year’s Get Real East.

The event was April 11-12 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings with over 400 youth and leaders from across the state participating. “Get Real is organized by Jim Taber who, as a contract worker for the MTSBC in Youth Ministry, has been taking this event to the next level,” said Dr. Fred Hewett, State Executive Director.

Hewett continued, “Jim has a passion to reach and equip the next generation to become godly men and women. Get Real East, with its counterpart in Missoula, and the Youth Worker Training are all products of the passion and hard work of Jim and are some of the very best ministries we have in Montana to help our churches reach and disciple their youth."

The speaker this year was Kacy Benson from Texas and he brought the Word in power, excitement, humor, & conviction. Kacy was authentic not only through his Bible teaching to the teens, but also with his own testimony that he shared throughout the weekend.

The worship team was the Nick Thurmond Band from Oklahoma. They have true hearts to lead God’s people, His teenagers, in worship in a fun, energetic, and meaningful way. Kacy, Nick and the band combined to make a great team to make the most impact in the quick event.

This event is also about students being able to be teenagers and have fun! Kacy showed his entertaining side with some fun and games, but each session had a ‘comp’ (competition) where students were asked to come on stage to perform in one of several different interactive games for prizes. Emmanuel’s Nate Lohmoeller and Adam Burt led the comps.

The Spirit moved powerfully on Friday night as Kacy shared about fear and not allowing any fears to remain in the way for anyone’s salvation in Christ or living their life more serious for God. The response was overwhelming! Over 70 students gave their lives to Christ that night and countless others later came forward to “get real” with God and recommit their faith. There was much celebration Friday night and everything was solidified with the remainder of the event on Saturday.

Saturday morning also provided a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement for the youth leaders. They gathered together to share praises from the night before and have a time of genuine challenge and training from Jim Taber.

Anyone who has ever organized an event always wants it to be the best one yet. What an incredible provision, by God’s grace, when it truly is! God is moving in a powerful way and using Get Real to reveal Himself to the students of Montana. Keep praying for this upcoming, growing generation!

Get Real West will be coming to Missoula in the fall of 2014. Stay tuned to for more details!


Church Planter Profile: Dave Carroll

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

Elevation Church in Billings, MT just celebrated a huge mile marker. On March 31, 2014 they officially celebrated their first year as a church plant.

In June of 2012 lead planter Dave Carroll, his wife Amy, and their 4 sons Aiden (11), Drew (9), Dax (4), and Briggs (2) moved from Port Saint Lucie, Florida to Billings. After nearly two years of prayer, they felt called to move here to fulfill the vision to plant a new church in the Billings Heights.

During their first two months in Montana they focused on acclimating their family to their new mission field. They began living in the Mission Dorm at the MTSBC State Office building, but soon they were able to find a home in the Billings Heights and began to immerse themselves into the community. Their children attend public school in Billings Heights and are involved in youth sports leagues.

Easter Service 2014

New location, July 2014

Baptism at Castle Rock Park

After getting settled into life in Montana and their new community, they started meeting with three other families to pray for the start of the new church plant. In September of 2012 they started hosting interest meetings and October 31, they hosted their first community outreach event. Candy Jam was a huge success and they were able to reach out to their community and to start developing relationships and connect people to the church.

From November of 2012 through March of 2013 Elevation began a 3-pronged approach to prepare for their launch. This consisted of weekly leadership team meetings, monthly preview services, and monthly outreach events. Then on March 31st of 2013 they officially launched.

They started off meeting at Sandstone Elementary in Billings Heights. However, after only 5 or 6 weeks meeting there they found themselves in need of a new place to meet and moved to a warehouse on Main Street in Billings Heights where they were able to stay for 4 months. They then moved to their current location of Skyview High School where they have been meeting since September of 2013.

They are very excited to report that God has been opening doors and they are planning to move to a new and more permanent location in the very near future. They are planning to lease, with the possibility to eventually buy, a 24,000 square foot building across from the Metra. This building is located at the intersection of Main, 4th Avenue and 6thAvenue, which is one of the busiest intersections in Billings, and possibly the state, according to Pastor Dave Carroll. This new location will give them a more permanent presence in their target community and allow room for growth and ministry opportunities.

During their first year they have seen God do some amazing things. At the one-year mark they had 198 people in worship. On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 they had a record attendance of 256 in worship. They have celebrated 54 baptisms and have witnessed over 80 salvations. Additionally, they have been able to give nearly $25,000 to missions. $15,000 of that was given to SBC related missions and the other $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity as a sponsor for a new home in Billings.

Their community outreach events have touched nearly 6,000 people. They have upwards of 75 adults currently serving in various aspects of ministry. Pastor Dave Carroll states that in their first year they have had over 115 adults attend at least one small group semester.

When asked what advice he would give to new and upcoming church planters and what has been key to their growth, Pastor Dave Carroll stated,

“A few things we did was to cast a wide net to connect with people and develop new relationships with everyone we’d meet.. In a few months we realized that God was bringing together a great group of people to start a new church. We also worked hard to develop strong partnerships with other SBC churches like Emmanuel Baptist in Billings, who recognized and responded to the need for a new church plant in their target community Billings Heights. I communicate with our partner churches almost weekly. We also are committed to doing a high quality children’s ministry from our very first Sunday, including security check in.”

Church Starting Team Leader, William Johnson, stated that, “Elevation Church is a strong example of a successful AA church plant in one of our major cities.”

Visit the Elevation Church website


Legacy Youth Worker Training

Greg Payton, Pastor, The Rock Church

On April 25 -26, 2014, Youth Leaders from around the state met in Montana City for the first Legacy Youth Worker Training. This training covered a wide array of information in many aspects of developing and disciplining students across Montana.

Best of all, this training was led by leaders who are currently serving in Montana churches! Event Coordinator Jim Taber of Emmanuel, Billings was joined by Don Sullivan of Lifeway, Billings and Joey Gardner of East Haven, Kalispell.

For those that were unable to attend, the entire training was recorded and can be watched on Click the “Legacy Youth Training” Channel to view all 10 sessions. This training is a “must-see” for all Student Leaders.

View Youth Legacy Training Videos on E-Quip

Here is what some of those who attended the conference had to say about the training:

"At the Legacy Training I was massively impacted by the information I was given. I learned a lot more about the youth I'm ministering to, the way in which Christ would have me shepherd them, as well as some very practical, applicable, and useable helps in youth planning and calendaring. I was blessed immensely by the handouts and the accessibility of information and tools at Praise God for his minister’s hard work and sacrifice for this event!" Robert Nelson (Valley Baptist)

"The Legacy Youth Training was extremely beneficial to my weekly youth ministry. It doesn't matter if you are new or a veteran to youth ministry, Legacy Student Ministry Training provides up-to-date, realistic training for all types of youth groups and Sunday School programs." Nate Lohmoeller (Emmanuel Baptist)

"The Legacy Youth Training was such a blessing to us as we're starting our youth ministry. It gave us so much information to bring back to our church and youth team!" Briana Murnion (Jordan Community Bible Church)

"From Pastor to new volunteer, you will be challenged and encouraged by these sessions. Watch it with someone for maximum effect." Adam Burt (Emmanuel Baptist)


Peru Mission Trip 2014

Diane Bricker, Staff Writer, MTSBC

Plans are being made by Montana Baptists to travel to Peru on the third annual mission trip partnering with Tom Cox World Ministries and the MTSBC Sending Team. Churches across the state are not only sending missionaries from their congregations, but they are also raising funds to help them to go.

Pastor Frank Burns of Central Baptist Church in Lewistown encouraged his members to get behind two ladies who are traveling to help with the medical clinics. The church is planning a community wide yard sale to help with the funds.

“We have gone on mission trips in the US before. It builds relationships with each other. We have found that when we go, we grow.” said Pastor Burns. “It increases our hearts for ministry, reduces conflict and improves fellowship when we work side by side. We are looking forward to seeing what they will bring back when we send members internationally.”

Valley Baptist Church in Huntley is sending a youth group member as one of their missionaries to Peru. She will help with the Backyard Bible Clubs in the barrios after the morning medical clinics are held. The church is collecting aluminum cans to sell for her trip. The missions committee has assisted by covering the cost of her deposit. The youth group is planning fund raising events to pay for her trip.

The Rock Church in Laurel, recently held a meeting for anyone interested in going on the trip. Four people have already committed to going. Designated donations for missions are encouraged to go toward missionaries’ trip expenses.

The fifteen day trip starts on July 27, 2014 as the team departs from Billings and travels to Miami. They will then catch a flight from Miami to Lima and then onto Trujillo where the team will be centrally stationed at the Tom Cox Peruvian Baptist Theological Seminary.

For the next eight days, the team will be serving throughout the north western tip of Peru in various ways. Medical and optometry clinics, Bible Clubs, personal evangelism projects and evening services are all opportunities to share the Gospel to the indigenous people of Peru.

On August 7th, the team travels back to Lima for a group celebration dinner and to rest. August 8th will be a day to sightsee and experience the sights and sounds of the capital city of Peru in Lima.

The Montana group heads back to the United States on August 9th and lands in Billings on August 10th.

This turnkey fifteen day life changing mission trip includes all transportation from Billings to Trujillo, Peru, meals while in Peru and all lodging for the entire experience for a cost of $3, 348.00. Half of the trip cost is due to Tom Cox World Ministries by May 30, 2014. The reminder of the balance is due to TCWM on June 30, 2014.

The only out of pocket expense is travel to Billings, meals and snacks in the various airports. Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, tips for personal services and souvenirs are also at your own expense.

For further information, contact either Tom Cox World Ministries at or call 479-369-4260, or Stan Bricker at or call 406-839-7876.


Elevate Leadership Training

The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

The May session of Elevate - Taking Leaders to the Next Level is quickly approaching. This quarterly training is held in three regions of the state to make it more accessible for you and leaders in your church to take advantage of this ongoing opportunity. The focus of this session will be Multiplying. Please see the details below.

Elevate Training Schedule

Details for the May session:

  • Date: May 9
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm
  • Meals: We will have snacks and beverages available for breakfast time and during the sessions. Lunch will be provided.
  • Lodging: If you will be traveling over 150 miles in order to attend Elevate and need lodging on Thursday night, please email Jeannie Hayes at We ask that you share a room if possible so that we can help offset costs.
  • Registration: You can register by going HERE. Please register by May 1.

    Leading Through Transitions

    The Montana Southern Baptist Convention

    Are you a pastor that has hit the wall of a plateau or decline? Are you a pastor with some golden years of opportunity to bring health and vitality to struggling pastorless churches? Are you a church planter laying the foundation for your new church?

    Then Leading through Transitions is for you. Join with us on May 19-21, 2014 at Crossroads Memorial Church/Great Falls. These topics and much more will be covered.

  • If a church grows, it must adapt its building, property, tools, resources, staff, and leadership styles.
  • If a church is in plateau or decline, it must develop a strategic plan of change so the church can turn around and begin to move forward again.
  • If a church has a major change of pastoral leadership or staff then it must prepare and adapt to the dynamic changes that are inevitable.
  • If a church encounters conflict, it must be prepared for the fall out of confrontation and the new reality that follows.

  • Here’s the best part. Your lodging is covered by the MTSBC. You must be willing to room with someone. A reservation will be made for you at the Comfort Inn across the street from the church as soon as you register.

    GO HERE to Register. Registration deadline is May 12th.

    Led by Dan Garland from Lifeway Christian resources and hosted by the MTSBC Church Strengthening Team


    Keep God in Pledge

    By Bob Smietana

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In 1954, the United States Congress added the words “under God” to the country’s Pledge of Allegiance. Sixty years later, most Americans would like to keep it that way, despite ongoing legal challenges to the pledge.

    A lawsuit filed against a New Jersey school district on March 28 contends that reciting the phrase “under God” in the pledge sends a message that nonbelievers are bad citizens and creates a hostile environment for atheist students.

    But a telephone survey of 1,001 Americans from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found that 85 percent want to keep “under God” in the pledge.

    Researchers did find 1 in 4 Americans (25 percent) believe forcing students to say “under God” violates their rights. But less than one in 10 (eight percent) Americans want to remove “under God” from the pledge.

    The survey results show little support for changing the pledge, says Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research.

    “Most Americans have recited the pledge hundreds of times and are not inclined to memorize a different pledge,” he says. “Changing it may just feel wrong. Most Americans say they believe in God or a higher being and feel comfortable having ‘under God’ in the pledge.”

    Lawyers for the parents in the New Jersey lawsuit disagree. They issued a statement on April 21 announcing the suit.

    “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, which represents the parents. “Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.”

    A similar legal challenge to the pledge is pending before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. That case, brought by atheist parents of a public school child, claims the “under God” phrase violates the state’s equal rights laws.

    The study by LifeWay Research also found younger Americans are more likely to support removal of “under God” from the pledge. Fourteen percent of those ages 18-29 want to remove the phrase, compared to five percent of those over 64.

    Women (88 percent) are more likely to want to keep “under God” than men (83 percent). Americans with a college degree are more likely (13 percent) to want it removed. And, self-identified born again, evangelical, or fundamentalist Christians are most likely (94 percent) to say “under God” should remain.

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    Bob Smietana is a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources.

    Methodology: Interviews were conducted in either English or Spanish. The telephone survey of adult Americans was conducted Sept. 6-10, 2013. Both listed and unlisted numbers were called, and approximately 20 percent of the sample was reached by cell phone. Responses were weighted by age, gender, education, race/Hispanic ethnicity, region and CBSA market size to more accurately reflect the population. The completed sample is 1,001 phone surveys. The sample provides 95 percent confidence the sampling error does not exceed +3.1 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.