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The Montana Baptist E-News | February 2015


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4.5 Easter

4.7 Staff Meeting

4.12 Cooperative Program Sunday

4.17-18 Get Real East (Billings)

4.17 Elevate (Bozeman/Missoula)

4.18 Elevate (Miles City/Great Falls)

4.23-25 Celebration for Women (Great Falls)


5.2-3 TSBA Pastors Retreat

5.13-16 Spring Staff Retreat

5.26 Memorial Day, Office Closed


6.1-3 Summer Missionary Orientation

6.2 Staff Meeting

6.15-17 SBC Annual Meeting


7.2 Independence Day, Office Closed

7.27-28 Send North America

7.27-8.8 Peru Mission Trip


7.27-8.8 Peru Mission Trip

8.4 Staff Meeting

8.10-12 Shepherding the Shepherd

8.28 Elevate (Bozeman/Missoula)

8.29 Elevate (Miles City/Great Falls)


9.6-27 Montana Missions Offering Emphasis

9.1 Staff Meeting

9.7 Labor Day, Office Closed

9.15-16 MTSBC Executive Board Meeting

9.29 Staff Meeting


10.6 Pastor's Conference (Bozeman)

10.6 Pastor's Wives Luncheon (Bozeman)

10.6-7 MTSBC Annual Meeting (Bozeman)


11.5 Staff Meeting

11.6-7 Get Real West (Missoula)

11.26-27 Thanksgiving, Office Closed


12.4 Elevate (Bozeman/Missoula)

12.5 Elevate (Miles City/Great Falls)

12.9-10 Winter Staff Retreat

12.10 Christmas Party

12.24-31 Christmas, Office Closed

Mark and Sacha Hasenyager had an “out of the box” vision when they planted Outdoorsmen Church back in March 2005. Seeing many adults come to Christ and expanding to two worship services did not satisfy the Hasenyager’s vision.

Eight years later, in March 2013, God laid on Mark Hasenyager’s heart the vision of having a total of five campuses of Outdoorsmen Church by 2018. As they began following God on this new journey, God gave them an even greater, God-sized dream: to train and mentor 100 new culturally relevant church plants throughout the suicide corridor of the United States. Mark and Sacha Hasenyager call their church planting vision Multiply Northwest (MNW) and here is their incredible story.

As we reflect over the past year, we stand in awe of how God has provided laborers for his harvest. Our Multiply Northwest team now consists of seven men and their families who have received training at our church multiplying center.

Ken & Cary Bell continue to plant seeds in Bonner, MT, where they are planting their church, Outdoor Life Ministries. They have done a tremendous job of investing in the community.

Paul & Heather Hunt are planning on starting an Outdoorsmen Church campus in the spring of this year in the Missoula area. They have been incredible partners in the ministry with us and we look forward serving alongside them with our two campuses.

In the spring of 2015, Scott and Cari Mickelson, and Cale and Anna Zimmer will be planting seeds in North Missoula as they prepare for their ministry to this hurting community. Peter and Johanna Zipp have been an unbelievable asset to our church and MNW team as they seek to encourage and strengthen all around them. We are so thankful that God brought them to partner with us.

Andrew Goodrich has done a wonderful job investing in our teens at Outdoorsmen Church. He will be partnering with the Hunts to help start the campus in Missoula. Alex Delk has been such a blessing with our children’s ministry and we look forward to him helping with other churches as they start their kids ministries.

Investing in church planters has had a dramatic impact on our church body. With two thirds of our church being first generation believers, church planting has been a completely new concept to most of our church.

We have been thrilled to watch new believers in our church catch the vision to help other churches and some are even praying about how God is calling them to church planting. God is transforming Montanans who have never wanted to enter a church and we continue to stand in awe of all he is doing!


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How to Make Right Decisions

Bruce Speer, MTSBC President

No one is born great no matter what some self-help psychologist tells people. You become great by making great decisions. Greatness is not about talent, IQ, being born in the right family, or having a large church. It is always about choices.

As a pastor and leader you are constantly trying to make the right decisions about many things that compete for your time, energy, and resources. How do you make the most of new opportunities when they are presented to you? Ephesians 5:16 NLT – "Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days."

When opportunities come my way I try to evaluate each one by asking five key questions. [READ MORE]

1. What do I need to know, and who knows it?

Proverbs 15:20 TEV - "Get all the advice you can and you will succeed: without it you will fail."

2. What might be the unintended consequences?

Every upside has a downside. So I need to plan for the best and expect the worst.

3. What is my motivation?

4. Does it fit my purpose and calling?

5. Is this the best use of my time and energy?

I've said all of this because I want you to know that one of the best opportunities to grow your church and impact people for eternity is taking place at this year's Mpact Meeting.

Dennis Nunn is coming to present material that will help you equip your people to be an effective witness to every lost person they meet. I believe God will hold us accountable for every opportunity He presents us to impact others for Christ. So let me answer each one of the five questions.

1. What do I need to know and who knows? Every pastor can do a better job of equipping their people with the skills and knowledge to be an effective witness. Dennis Nunn is coming to help us learn those skills.

2. What might be the unintended consequences? Losing out on an opportunity to see more people saved and bring greater glory to our God.

3. What is my motivation? I can tell you that the motive behind this is not selfish or self-centered. The greatest motivation we can have in life is to see lost people saved.

4. Does it fit my purpose and calling? There is absolutely no question about that.

5. Is this the best use of my time and energy? I believe this is the one question if you are on the fence about coming, that you're trying to answer. What possibly could be more important then getting better equipped to help your people reach their lost friends and relatives for Christ.

Don't make an excuse for this once a year opportunity to be encouraged, inspired, motivated, and convicted to do more for the kingdom of God.


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Every Believer A Witness

Church Starting Team Leader William Johnson addresses church planters at the 2015 Church Planters Conference.

Energy…excitement…momentum…just a few words that describe the atmosphere of our annual church planting retreat held at Fairmont Hot Springs in early January. Planters, apprentices, and interns totaling over 50 adults made up the audience of our training and retreat time.

Dr. Bill Agee, Director of Church Planting at First Baptist Church Woodstock, along with Dr. Jeremy Westbrook, lead pastor at Living Hope Church in Marysville, OH, were our guest speakers and trainers this year. Together they taught the Level 100 – Strength or Survival class that Dr. Agee has developed over years of ministry. We learned about the importance of the call, character, and passion of the planter as a foundational aspect of any planter beginning a journey of success.


CLICK TO ENLARGE The Conference was held at Fairmont Hot Springs just outside of Anaconda, MT

CLICK TO ENLARGE Dr. Bill Agee leads a seminar on budgeting while planters watch on the screen

One of the most foundational parts of the training was the Count the Cost tool that was presented. Elements of an all-inclusive business and ministry plan were shared and each attendee was challenged to utilize their unique contextual data to design their own plan that allows them to start in strength and see the journey they are on to its conclusion.

The training concluded with the importance of partnership development and a discussion of how to identify, enlist, engage, and utilize partnerships. Partners were explained to be those who would make a commitment with a church planter in many different ways – prayer, mission teams, financial support, etc. Dr. Agee and Dr. Westbrook emphasized that church plants are strengthened by partners who are committed to the vision of the planter and a consistent partner throughout the journey of the church.

This year, the ladies not only had lunch together, but also had a separate women’s track for part of the retreat. Ann Iorg encouraged the ladies as she shared about the different aspects of the church planting journey. Her topics were Sharng the Journey (Hospitality), Starting the Journey (Finding God’s Will), Support in the Journey (Supporting Your Spouse), and Resting in the Journey (Taking Care of Yourself). This was a great time of fellowship and sharing for the ladies in attendance.

As always, this time together provided a great time for fellowship and networking as the attendees enjoyed the amenities of the hot springs, great meals together, and a little time to rest and refresh.

More Photos from the 2015 Church Planter Conference

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Sessions at all locations are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have questions specific to a location, you can contact the following facilitator:

Manhattan – Steve Fowler, 406-672-2483

Missoula - Michael Liner, 406-830-0884

Miles City – Eddie Smith, 406-853-9890

Great Falls – Darren Hales, 406-461-9120


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Frank Page, at NOBTS, Addresses Suicide Epidemic

Frank Michael McCormack, Baptist Press

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- "I've never preached on this subject at a seminary before," Frank Page said. I've spoken on it in churches a few times, but not often.

"For you see, five years and two months ago, my daughter left her family behind when she committed suicide. That 'left behind' feeling still affects us to this day," Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, said in his chapel message at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Jan. 27.

He described how, in late 2009, he received a call from his oldest daughter Melissa. [READ MORE]

"It had been a tumultuous few weeks prior to that," Page said. "But believe me, my antenna went up when she said, 'Daddy, I love you.' I said, 'Baby, I love you.' She said, 'Daddy, tell mama and the girls I love them too.' I said, 'Honey, I'm not going to do that. You tell them that.' 'Daddy, I can't. I love you, daddy.' Click."

Page said he immediately began calling and texting Melissa, with no answer. A few minutes later, he received a call from a member of his church who was Melissa's neighbor. "Pastor, there's an ambulance. Please, what's going on at Melissa's house?" she asked.

Page rushed to his daughter's house only to be met by a police officer who said Melissa was at the hospital. He then rushed to the hospital, where a physician and member of his church met him and said, simply, "Oh pastor, I'm so sorry."

"What did I do? What do you do when you hear something like that? Your firstborn baby has killed herself. I didn't know what to do, so I did what I knew to do. That was to quote Scripture," Page said.

"God didn't need me to quote it to Him, but I needed to hear that word from the Lord."

So Page fell to his knees in a secluded hospital room and quoted Job 1:21, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord." The second Scripture to come to mind was John 14:1-3: "Let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would've told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go, I will come again and will receive you unto myself. That where I am you may be also."

Page's message from John 14:1-3, framed by the story of his daughter's death, was weighty and timely, given the issues of depression, mental illness and suicide in the United States today.

"Out of all people groups, all races, all ethnic groups, all socio-economic levels, it is epidemic," Page said. "In some parts of our country more so than others. Particularly among the younger demographic. In fact, it has taken a massive jump over the past few years among young women ages 18 to 29."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2012 (the latest record available) the suicide rate in the United States was 12.6 deaths per 100,000 Americans. That's the highest suicide rate in 25 years. In 2012, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death among Americans. According to the organization Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), 15 percent of people who are clinically depressed die by suicide. Ninety percent who die by suicide have an existing mental illness or substance abuse problem at the time of death. Also according to SAVE, one in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 die each year by suicide.


In light of the suicide epidemic in the United States, Page offered four words from the John 14 passage. He first pointed to a "word of peace."

"Jesus said in that powerful Johannine passage: 'Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me,'" Page said. "He knew we would be troubled. … It's not a question of if. It's a question of when."

Page also pointed to John 16:13: "In this life you will have tribulation."

"Some of you have very deep scars of difficulty that have already beset you, even in your young lives," Page told the seminary audience. "We all struggle in life, but our Lord speaks a word of peace. 'I want to help you through that. You need to believe in God and believe in Me.' In that, you will find solace. In that, you will find a help which you cannot find anywhere else."

Page said ministers and believers in general must be ready to confront and refute bad theology that declares suicide an unpardonable sin.

"Teach the word that says if salvation is true it is forever," he said.

He also challenged pastors to be deliberate about teaching believers to effectively minister to those going through difficult times, to be careful in what they say, and to avoid "trite platitudes" that are often untrue and many times inappropriate. One common, hurtful platitude is "You just need to snap out of it."

"Don't ever say that," Page said. "If they could snap out of it, they would snap out of it."

He also said it's important to practice and teach the ministry of comfort.

"The Bible says we are to provide the comfort we received ourselves. It is our job to give that word of peace and comfort the Lord so desperately wishes people to have," he said.


Secondly, Page pointed to a word of preparation in John 14:2.

"'I go to prepare a place for you,'" Page emphasized. "My friends, those who know Him have a place in heaven, and I know my baby is in heaven now."


There's also a word of promise, found in John 14:3: "If I go … I will come again."

Unfortunately, Page said, the second coming of Christ is an often-overlooked matter of theology.

"It has just been left on the dusty shelf of theology," he said. "History is not cyclical. It is linear. It is going somewhere. It is headed for a collision course with eternity, and we need to preach it."


Finally, Page emphasized a word of presence at the end of verse 3: "that you also may be where I am." He also noted Psalm 46:1's call to "be still and know that I am God." People with depression and considering suicide as well as those left behind following a suicide desperately need to experience that presence, Page said.

"They need to know there's a God who will love them and care for them. There is a God who will be there for them in the good times and the bad," he said. "Suicide is a horrible experience, but it happens. Marriages fail. The instances of divorce among those who have experienced suicide in the immediate family dramatically increases. Suicides themselves dramatically increase among survivors with a suicide in the family. There are ongoing consequences of any kind of tragedy, but particularly suicide.

"People need to know that the only place you will find hope is in the Lord. He will be with you," Page said.

Page chronicled the story of his daughter, Melissa, and his family's journey since her death in the book, "Melissa: A Father's Lessons from a Daughter's Suicide."


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