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The Montana Baptist E-News | January 2016

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North American Missions Emphasis

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When Kenny Met The West

By Jeannie Ferriss

When Kenny met the west

To discover how two Memphis kids ended up on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, one has to start deep in the Bible belt of Tennessee. Kenny Prewett grew up in Whitehaven, Tennessee in the Graceland area. At the age of 27 he was saved and had the privilege of being baptized by Dr. Adrian Rogers. He was drafted in 1968 and after serving in Vietnam, Kenny came back to discover his young marriage was a casualty of the war and they divorced. Kenny decided to continue his education by completing a degree in teaching and coaching at Memphis State University. Through a friend he met a young lady named Merrie Holley. Her mother was expecting her on Christmas day and had decided to name her Merrie Christmas Holley if she arrived on the 25th. Merrie was born on New Year’s Eve as her first act of independence! She had arrived back in Memphis after enjoying a modeling career in New York City. They married in 1975, attended Bellvue Church and served in the nursery and sports activities. More...

When Kenny met the west

When Kenny met the west

When Kenny met the west

Kenny began working for Ashville Parks and Recreation in North Carolina. They lived in Black Mountain, which is the same area where Billy Graham has his mountain home. He had to drive right by the Prewett’s home to get up the mountain but they never had a chance to see him. Kenny later became the director of the Hilltop Community Center in an area with a totally black population. The little children loved to come up to Merrie and run their hands through her hair because they loved the feel of her long straight hair. Because the center was truly at the top of the hill, children would watch for Kenny to drive by and flag him down for a ride in the back of his truck. It was during this time that they purchased a copy of a book entitled “The Making of a Missionary”. They surrendered to missions in 1979.

The Lord had traveling plans for this young married couple which started when they decided to volunteer for a short-term mission with the then Home Mission Board. They set off in a bright orange truck, sporting new tires their church had purchased to get them there, and headed off to York, Pennsylvania to do inner-city work. Their calling was so strong to serve in ministry that in 1980 they next moved to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. During their four years in Wyoming, the Prewetts served at Wind River and Ft. Washakie, ministering to the Shoshoni and Arapahoe tribes. Kenny also began a Bible study at the local rehabilitation center. They came to help short-term but Kenny ended up being called as pastor. It was a unique posting for a first pastorate and confirmed their commitment to Native Americans.

“It was one of those situations where being an Anglo made me a neutral. There are historic differences between some tribes and I was able to minister to both groups without a problem. I was outside of the conflicts and could be effective in mediating”, reflects Kenny.

The Navajo Reservation was their next calling. They arrived at Four Corners to help re-open a church that had been closed for 12 years. The area experienced many pastors coming and going so this was a new start for the church. Kenny and his family kept growing and they had four children living in a mobile home near the church. It was discovered that there were radioactive tailings stored behind their home and the family became very ill. They moved their ministry to another location on the Navajo Reservation at Chinle. The church grew and the congregation was a mix of both Anglos and Navajo, many school teachers and medical people attended their church and helped introduce them to the community.

The Prewetts then returned to Memphis to decide where the Lord wanted them to go next. In 1991, James Nelson, a former Montana SBC president, called and asked if Kenny would submit his resume to Lakeview Baptist Church in Polson, Montana. They packed up the family and headed west with four children for a new calling. Soon the Prewetts asked to begin a new work on the Flathead Reservation and after learning the area, they decided to begin in Pablo. It was the perfect place for a new outreach as Pablo is both the home of Salish Kootenai College and the tribal headquarters for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes. This confederation includes the Bitterroot Salish, the Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai tribes. At the time of the Hellgate Treaty of 1855, tribal lands exceeded 20 million acres, currently the Flathead reservation covers 1.317 acres in northwest Montana. Pablo and Arlee are the southern gateway towns to the reservation.

As the work grew and the need for a permanent building became evident, the Prewetts were able to see God provide enough funding for the church and the land it is located on to be debt free. The Prewetts signed the papers for the land as there was no official church at that time and the church members were later able to take over ownership. In 1995 the church was completed as the ministry spread to Arlee and the Jocko Valley. As if starting a new church in Arlee wasn’t enough to do, the Prewetts were taking care of both of their mothers. Merrie’s mother joined their family for ten years and Kenny’s mother came for seven years. This led to a nursing home ministry in Missoula. They traveled from Pablo in the morning after services to Arlee in the afternoon and did the nursing home in between. It was a busy rewarding time in their lives as they say people making decisions and finding Christ in their lives.

It is often the case with life that things have a way of changing in the blink of an eye. Kenny and Merrie endured the death of their son Jordan only to discover that Merrie was critically ill. When she passed away in 2011, the entire Montana Convention mourned the loss of a committed mother, pastor’s wife and helpmate in ministry for 35 years. They had been married for 37 years.

“It takes a long time to become a part of a small community. I loved the compassion and care people of the area showed to me during that time. I would be in Walmart and the Native Americans would walk up and hug me, it was such a comfort. After 35 years in ministry it really made me realize what a calling serving God was on my life.” Kenny remembers. “They knew that Jesus must be real through what happened and how the community and both churches cared for me and my family.”

“Sometimes tragedy brings triumph. Being on the reservations so long one sees some heartbreaking things.” Kenny continues, “The wonderful thing about native people is that when they embrace Jesus, they take the truth, believe it and really walk the Christian life. Sometimes other family members will follow when they see the changes Jesus makes in their lives. Just as other new Christians face spiritual adversity the same is true with new believers in the Native American culture.”

Since then Kenny continues ministering at Jocko Valley Baptist. He is encouraged by two senior ladies, Millie Cooper who is almost 100 years old and Betsy Plante, who just went to rejoice with Jesus. Millie is his adopted mother and grandmother all in one. Betsy was a marvelous example of prayer and the power of continuous faith in the Lord.

The church is also blessed with mission teams like First Baptist Church of Boaz, Alabama. They are returning this summer to do Vacation Bible School. They have also done landscaping around the church and other projects. “They show up with everything they need and are flexible enough to custom make the program to fit our children which really helps reach them” says Kenny.

When asked what advice Kenny would give to those who feel a calling to Native American ministry, he answered “Pray and fast until you get a clear answer in God’s word. God will lead you and your wife to a place to serve Him. Remember you are taking your whole family to the ministry. It’s not our abilities He wants as much as our availability to God’s plan.” That’s good advice for everyone.

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Iorg Hears Heartbreak Over Same Sex Marriage

Kathie Chute, Baptist Press

Jeff Iorg

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- "I'm a deacon," the man told Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. "I've followed Jesus all my life, and so have my children. Now my granddaughter has come home and announced she is a lesbian and is going to marry another woman. What do I do?"

The church deacon is among the many brokenhearted individuals Iorg has encountered at state and associational meetings across the nation in speaking about the book "Ministry in the New Marriage Culture."

The Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, for example, provided a copy of the book to every pastor in the convention and then asked Iorg to speak at their annual meeting. "I've heard pastors say, 'Our church is not going to do same-sex marriages,'" Iorg said, "but that doesn't mean church members won't be impacted." More...

Ministry in the New Marriage Culture, edited by Iorg and written by veteran professors and pastors, is among the first of its kind to give Christians a framework for leading their churches effectively and ministering to non-believers amid new and complex cultural situations stemming from same-sex marriage.

"As I'm out speaking, people come afterward to ask for help," Iorg said. "The interest is broader than many people might have anticipated. It's uncanny to me how many people in churches are being impacted by same-sex marriage. There's been a high level of interest in discovering how to minister in this new milieu."

Iorg said another man told him the company where he works expects managers to build camaraderie with their teams through social encounters outside the workplace.

The man reported "one of the women on my team has married another woman. I'm not sure how to be comfortable going out socially with them. In a secular work environment, how do I do team-build with people who contradict my core values?"

Iorg said the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage last year is having a broad impact on extended family relationships as well as work relationships. Ministry leaders, too, have been forced to reconsider the ways they have handled routine matters in the past.

"Youth pastors are having to rethink issues like how to organize travel groups," Iorg said. "For example, all the guys generally sleep together in the same room and share bathrooms. But if your ministry includes young men struggling with same-sex attraction, the practice may need to be changed."

Another example is when children of same-sex couples want to be enrolled in church programs or become church members. "How do we respond to a child whose parents do not share the church's values?" Iorg asked. "These are thorny questions, especially when it involves helping a child understand the difference between what they are learning at church and in their home environment."

Ministry in the New Marriage Culture, which was released last fall, does not focus on the reasons that same-sex marriage is wrong or the biblical foundation for traditional marriage, but rather addresses the next steps of ministering within society's new marriage culture.

"The book answers the question, 'Same-sex marriage is wrong -- now what?'" Iorg said. "The reality is the church has to have answers to that question never conceived by previous generations of ministry leaders."

NOTE: Dr. Jeff Iorg will be teaching from his book "Ministry in the New Marriage Culture" at MPact Montana 2016. Breakout sessions in "The New Marriage Culture": Church Legal Issues, The Preaching Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Counseling and Ecclesiology. Register now for MPact

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New Montana Law Threatens Tax Exempt Status of Churches

Dr. Fred Hewett, MTSBC Executive Director

The 2015 Montana Legislature passed House Bill 389 which requires all nonprofit entities (including churches) owning real property in tax exempt status to reapply for tax exempt status. You should have received a letter from the Montana Department of Revenue in early December 2015 explaining the new law and what you need to do to comply. Since becoming aware of the new law and its requirements, I immediately began to research the issue to try to understand their objective in this type of legislation. Here is what I discovered:

  • The state’s intention is to reveal those who are receiving a property tax exemption that don’t qualify
  • There is not a “group” solution to this requirement, each church must respond individually
  • It is VERY important that you get your application submitted BEFORE the March 1, 2016 deadline
  • You must send the required documentation with your application
  • The process can be very confusing. This is due to the Dept. of Revenue attempting to implement a new law handed to them by the Montana Legislature regarding property owned by nonprofit organizations whose definitions are governed by the IRS. It a sentence … one size does not fit all.
  • Therefore, some of the documentation they request, you will not have.
  • o IRS Form 990 (churches are not required to submit this form to the IRS)

    o 501(c)(3) determination letter – most churches do not have this, but according to IRS Publication 1828, you do not need. Please see the reference below.

    Obtaining Federal Tax Exempt Status:

    Automatic: According to Publication 1828, “churches that meet the requirements of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)(3) are automatically considered tax exempted and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS.”

    Individual: Churches may voluntarily apply for official IRS recognition of their tax-exempt status by filing Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption with the IRS. If a church wishes to obtain its own 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS, the first step is to establish the church by officially constituting or incorporating. The organizing documents must be included in the application for tax-exempt status. (See Publication 557 or 4220).

    Group: If a church does not wish to have their own 501(c)(3) determination letter, they may still be identified as a nonprofit organization if they are affiliated with a parent or central organization that has a 501(c)(3) Group Exemption Letter Ruling from the IRS. (See Publication 4573). Churches that are affiliated with a specific Baptist State Convention often can request to be included in the Convention’s group ruling (umbrella) and obtain a letter from the Convention if they meet specific membership requirements. Additionally, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee office maintains a group letter exemption ruling for which a church may qualify (

    To try to make this process as simple for us as possible I have developed step by step instructions that will help you comply with House Bill 389. For more information you may go to or Or you may call me at 406-252-7537.

    Step By Step Instructions for Complying with House Bill 389

    1. Application and supporting documents must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.

    2. Use the application enclosed in this packet or print from

    3. The Montana Department of Revenue states that you will need to submit your IRS form 990, however, as a church you are not required to submit this form.

    4. You will need your church property’s legal description which can be found on your deed or other legal documents.

    5. Check the “□ Religious” box for organization type since there is no church option.

    6. Include an application fee as requested (for most of our churches this will be $25.00).

    7. Include the following documents:

    a. A copy of your Articles of Incorporation if you are incorporated in Montana. Or include a copy of your constitution/by laws if you are not incorporated.

    b. A copy of your property deed/s to prove property is owned by your church. (Note, if the property is not in the church name then you are a tenant and do not need to comply with this request. If the property is in the name of a non-profit organization then they must make application in their name).

    c. Include a picture of your church building and/or property.

    d. Include a brief statement (on church letterhead, if possible) that states the use of your church and property. (Example: the church property is used for weekly worship, Bible study and prayer). If you own a parsonage which serves as a residence for a pastor also include some documentation that he is a clergy member. This could be a copy of his ordination/license certificate or a copy of your bulletin listing him as pastor.

    e. A copy of your 501(c)(3) determination letter if available OR a simple letter with a statement similar to this paragraph: (Insert your church’s name) has been operating as a church in good standing with the Montana Southern Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention since (insert your starting year). Through virtue of our affiliation with this organization and in compliance with IRS Publication 1828 we fully comply as a 501(c)(3) and are exempt from the need of a compliance letter.

    8. The final step is a signature which can be either the pastor or a corporate officer and date. Then mail a copy per the instructions on the form.

    9. I strongly recommend that you make a copy of all correspondence for your records.

    MTSBC Church Property Tax Exempt Info for 2016

  • The 2015 MT Legislature passed House Bill 389 requiring all nonprofit entities with real property in tax exempt status to reapply for tax exempt status.
  • Applies to all MTSBC Churches who OWN church property, (not to those who rent).
  • The application must be submitted by March 1, 2016.
  • The application must be submitted by each individual church. There is no group MTSBC submission for this issue.
  • Each application must include the following
  • o Articles of Incorporation, if incorporated. Otherwise constitution/By Laws

    o Copy of Deed or title if a mobile home

    o Photograph of property

    o Brief letter explaining your church’s mission/purpose

    o A copy of your 501(c)(3) letter if available or a statement embracing the language below.

    501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exempt Status

    One of the greatest misunderstandings in church life is in the area of tax-exempt status. Many believe that a church is totally absolved from paying any type of tax. This is an incorrect assumption. Receiving a nonprofit status from the federal government simply exempts the church from paying federal income tax and allows it to receive tax deductible contributions. For example, sales and use tax and property taxes are state specific issues and vary greatly between states.

    I will develop communication plan to send to all MTSBC churches with instructions and suggestions on how to respond to this new law.


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    Sharing the Gift of Knowledge

    By Jeannie Ferriss

    YCC Library Derek Anderson, recent YCC graduate, enjoying the resources at the Ida Dockery Owen Library, Yellowstone Christian College. He is currently writing his Master's thesis.

    Students, pastors, lay leaders, Bible scholars and just about everyone will be pleased to see the new reference materials at the Ida Dockery Owen Library at Yellowstone Christian College. Due to passing of Nelda Thomas of Hamilton, Montana, beloved Bible teacher and scholar, the library received several thousand books. Her loving church family from First Baptist Church in Hamilton kindly packed up all the books and the Hewetts drove a very full trailer back to the library. Nelda was a popular speaker, Precept-on-Precept teacher, campus ministry director, gospel singer and book collector. Her ability to collect excellent Bible resources as well as books on different topics makes this donation a real treasure to any library. More...

    YCC Library Gail Estes and Judy Scott, two of the libraries amazing volunteers.

    YCC Library Children, parents and volunteers team up to create dioramas during the summer reading program at the library.

    The collection is wide in scope and includes such monographs as “The Cambridge Ancient History”, a set of encyclopedias covering all of the civilizations in the Middle East and Greco-Roman worlds; as well as Joseph Caryl’s “Practical Observations on Job”, a twelve volume set of commentaries from the Puritan age. Caryl (1602-1673) was an English preacher who often shared God’s word before the Long Parliament and was a member of the Westminster Assembly. He was also a contemporary of John Owen and accompanied him to Scotland. For those interested in the ancient world, the Thomas collection also included the Folio Society’s “Peoples of the Past” series dealing with such major empires as the Celts, Babylonians and Egyptians. This series contains maps, color illustrations and a wealth of information for those seeking background on areas important to Biblical history. For Greek scholars there is a five volume set on the history of the Greek Empire including Simon Hornblower’s “The Classical Age: The Greek World, 479-323 BC. These are just a few of the new resources available for checkout to the public.

    The library is open to everyone and provides reference services by phone, email or in person for a five state area. The collection is 70% theological but also includes a children’s collection, fiction section, media areas for DVD’s and CD’s, Biblical atlases, Bible Study Kits, Bible Study Resources, Native American Resources, and periodicals. Library card holders have access to the library’s database collection as well as a reference mailing service where materials can be checked out by our out of town patrons. Computers are for use by the pubic or patrons can enjoy using the library Wi-Fi on their own personal computers or other devices.

    The Bible Study Kit collection continues to grow with the support of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention. It includes studies by many of the most popular teachers and a list is available by email upon request. Kits are checked out for a period of 4 months and may be put on reserve ahead of time if the church or individual desires a particular study at a certain time. Patrons are asked to pay the postage if the kits are mailed as the library cannot fund the cost of mailing so many kits. Users are always invited to suggest new kits to add to the collection or donate kits they have finished with.

    Children may enjoy a Christian themed summer reading program in July. The staff, with the assistance of LifeWay Church of Billings, provide programming, crafts, guest speakers and more to encourage children to read during the summer months. The program is free to the public and is open to children 3 years to 5th grade. All readers are invited to attend the celebration at the end but do not have to attend every session.

    For those interested in Native American history and missions, the Native American Resource Center is a room dedicated to preserving the history of Christian missions among the Native American people groups. The collection includes books from the as far back as the 1800’s, unique histories of local tribal missions and biographies of both missionaries and famous Native American personalities. The room also features artwork and photography by local artists.

    Pastors may be interested in the library’s extensive collection of commentaries and Biblical resources. The collection includes 41 different sets of commentaries with new ones being added each year. The reference area also contains a complete set of “Encyclopedia Judaica” as well as many other informational materials. There are two study rooms available and local pastors and lay leaders often enjoy coming to the library to study. Seminary and Masters students also find the resources useful in finishing their graduate work. Special checkouts may be arranged for those preaching through a series or writing thesis or dissertation works.

    For those seeking local ministry, the library enjoys a large contingent of volunteers. They do many different jobs in the library including processing books, assisting patrons, creating reading lists, covering books, discarding out of date items, making library cards, updating records and decorating for the holidays. Volunteers work as many or as few hours as they wish and are greatly loved and appreciated by the many people they serve. If you are interested in volunteering just call and set an appointment for a tour. There are no special skills required and free training is provided. It is a wonderful way to serve the students of Yellowstone Christian College and the many ministry families we serve.

    Donations are always welcome to enhance the collection. The library accepts books on any subject as well as CD’s, DVD’s, and other items. Due to the progress in technology, cassette tapes and VHS tapes are no longer added to the collection. Duplicates of works already in the collection are put in the front entry for giveaway to the general public. The library also shares duplicates and other items with different ministries in the area. Pastors are invited to submit book titles they would like to add to their collection and the staff will fill them as materials arrive.

    Library cards are $10 a year for non-students and are good for any member of the immediate family. If you are interested in any of the services the library provides, feel free to contact us at our new direct phone numbers: 1-406-606-1507 (Jeannie Ferriss, Library Director) or 1-406-606-1508 (Liz Yelton, Assistant Librarian).


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    Church of the Rockies in Red Lodge was started on September 7, 2014 with a vision of being a regional church-planting church. The intent of Church Starter Lee Merck is to gather people so they may know Christ, go with Christ, and grow in Christ. That vision has begun to materialize in Roberts, a rural Montana town of 300 people also located in Carbon County and located approximately 13 miles from Red Lodge.

    Lee, along with his family, began working with a small group of people in Roberts and eventually led them to close their doors. The core group of people decided to follow a path that would lead them on a faith journey they had not anticipated. After closing their doors they began worshiping with Church of the Rockies in Red Lodge. The decision was made to close the church for a period of time. The Mercks invited the entire community to join us for a celebration service as we said goodbye to the old church. It was a time when we celebrated the past and began anticipating the future. More...

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    During this time, the core group in Roberts began a new outreach to the community called Common Ground. Common Ground is a feeding ministry that gathers people for sharing a meal and fellowship. Common Ground has been a big success in the community of Red Lodge and in helping the Mercks connect with people as they began to cultivate relationships. In Roberts, Common Ground continues serving 90-100 hot meals every Monday night in the Roberts Fire Hall.

    As for the Roberts Church core group, they agreed to adopt a new vision, move in a new direction, and establish new leadership. They began working together in Ministry Teams to accomplish the Great Commission. The old church building was remodeled bringing the interior up to date with new carpet, new chairs, and new audio visual equipment. Plans were made to start the new church on Sunday, November 15. On the first day of worship at Church of the Rockies Roberts, there were 72 chairs in the building and 85 in attendance - it was standing room only. The first day of a new church start is always very exciting. The true test comes in the following weeks. The second Sunday was very encouraging with eight new families from Roberts in attendance! The core group more than doubled in size and the church is off to a great start.

    A few things make this church start unique. First, it was started by another Montana church that is less than one year old. Second, it is the first rural, multisite church in the state, one church in multiple locations, sharing leadership, and resources. Church of the Rockies expects to start two more churches in Carbon County and another in Livingston in the years 2016-2017.


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    Montana Baptists Set Another CP Giving Record in 2015

    Dr. Fred Hewett, MTSBC Executive Director

    Southern Baptists are mission-minded people. Supporting mission work throughout the world through the Cooperative Program is an integral part of what is means to be Southern Baptist. Built on the premise that we can do more together than any one church can do alone, the Cooperative Program is our primary support system supporting over 10,000 missionaries around the world.

    This month I am happy to say that 2015 proved to be the very best year Montana Southern Baptist Churches have ever experienced in Cooperative Program missions. Giving over $562,000, MTSBC churches CP giving outpace 2014 giving by nearly 2%. In fact it is the fourth year in a row MTSBC churches have exceed their previous best year in Cooperative Program giving.

    This kind of remarkable giving reflects the bold and consistent leadership of our pastors and the commitment of sacrificial giving of their church and members to missions through the Cooperative Program. More...

    Cooperative Program Giving January – December 2015

    Big Sky Region

    Badlands Bible Fellowship: 833

    First Baptist Church - Circle: 900

    First Baptist Church - Colstrip: 9,230

    First Baptist Church - Forsyth: 18,633

    First Baptist Church - Glendive: 6,295

    Hysham Baptist Church: 4,219

    Ismay Community Church: 6,000

    Jordan Community Bible Church: 2,703

    Lakeview Baptist Church - Baker: 700

    Morning Star Baptist Church: 0

    Rangeland Ministries Baptist Church: 1,175

    Valley Community Church: 8,781

    Glacier Region

    Baptist Mountain Church - Noxon: 175

    Bitterroot Family Fellowship: 3,715

    Border Crossing Cowboy Church: 1,337

    Calvary Baptist Church - Victor: 4,599

    Canyon Baptist Church - Hungry Horse: 0

    Church at the Gates: 17,224

    Convergence Ministries: 2

    Crosspoint Community Church: 21,808

    Easthaven Baptist Church: 79,493

    Faith Bible Church, Missoula: 1,700

    Fellowship Baptist Church Of Polson: 5,494

    First Baptist Church - Darby: 600

    First Baptist Church - Hamilton: 10,513

    First Baptist Church - Thompson Falls: 2,464

    Flathead Valley Outdoorsmen Church: 1,345

    Helmville Community Fellowship: 1,650

    Hope Baptist Church - Missoula: 0

    Jocko Valley Baptist Church: 1,021

    Kila Country Church: 1,455

    Lakeside Baptist Church: 1,000

    Lakeview Baptist Church - Polson: 275

    Libby Baptist Church: 13,568

    Lincoln Baptist Church: 900

    Living Hope Fellowship: 0

    Mission Valley Ministries: 211

    Missoula Korean Church: 600

    New Day Fellowship: 606

    New Day Fellowship-Saint Regis: 1,110

    Nine Mile Community Fellowship: 1,429

    North Valley Baptist Church: 7,543

    Outdoor Life Ministries: 941

    Outdoorsmen Church: 4,019

    Outdoorsmen Church Big Sky: 496

    Pablo Baptist Church: 1,182

    Parkside Baptist Church: 25

    Set Free Ministries Lolo: 0

    Sportsmen Church: 560

    Training Ground Church: 1,070

    Troy Community Baptist Church: 1,400

    West Shore Community Church: 0

    Hi-Line Baptist Association

    Calvary Baptist Church - Glasgow: 2,076

    First Baptist Church - Plentywood: 3,322

    First Baptist Church - Poplar: 4,066

    First Baptist Church - Wolf Point: 3,936

    Grace Baptist Church - Hinsdale: 621

    Lighthouse Baptist Fellowship: 821

    Little Rockies Community Baptist: 46

    Morning Star Baptist Church: 1,106

    Treasure State Baptist Association

    Beaverhead Baptist Church - Dillon: 1,561

    Bedrock Church: 1,593

    Big Sky Fellowship: 3,807

    Calvary Baptist Church - Helena: 7,581

    Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church: 14,017

    Capital Baptist Fellowship: 1,512

    Crossroads Church: 9,292

    Elkhorn Community Fellowship: 322

    First Baptist Church - Boulder: 1,745

    First Baptist Church - Deer Lodge: 5,825

    First Baptist Church - Three Forks: 7,294

    First Baptist Church - W Yellowstone: 750

    Floral Park Baptist Church: 4,277

    Frontier Bible Fellowship: 1,112

    Gardiner Baptist Church: 5,338

    Generation Ministries: 3,022

    Helena Valley Baptist Church: 600

    Jefferson Valley Baptist Church: 1,500

    Keystone Church: 5,445

    Madison Valley Baptist Church: 5,851

    Mountain View Baptist Chapel: 500

    Mountainview Community Church: 5,703

    MT Haggin Baptist Church: 1,678

    New Beginnings Church: 330

    Park Street Baptist Church: 7,172

    Racers Church: 314

    Radersburg Baptist Church: 2,926

    Set Free Ministries-Helena: 120

    South Hills Baptist Fellowship: 14,846

    The Bridge: 4,526

    Triangle Association

    Big Sky Baptist Church: 2,314

    Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church: 130

    Choteau Baptist Church: 2,724

    Conrad Baptist Church: 4,109

    Crossroads Memorial Church: 14,380

    First Baptist Church - Cascade: 772

    First Baptist Church - Shelby: 4,117

    First Baptist Church - Valier: 600

    Ft Belknap Baptist Mission: 120

    Glacier View Baptist Church: 3,882

    Heartland Community Fellowship: 300

    Immanuel Baptist Church: 4,440

    Mountain View Baptist Church: 1,352

    Set Free Ministries. Great Falls: 9,459

    Westside Baptist Church: 175

    Yellowstone Network

    Apsaalooke Baptist Church: 0

    Berea Baptist Church: 1,041

    Bethel Baptist Church: 550

    Big Horn Baptist Church: 0

    Blue Creek Baptist Church: 2,240

    Boulder Valley Baptist Church: 1,274

    Central Baptist Church: 15,471

    Church of the Rockies: 3,617

    Church of the Rockies Roberts Campus: 2,312

    Clarks Fork Baptist Church: 1,891

    Columbus Baptist Church: 3,744

    Elevation Church: 7,500

    Emmanuel Baptist Church - Billings: 48,000

    Fellowship Baptist Church - Billings: 1,878

    Laurel Baptist Church: 225

    Lifeway Church of Billings: 23,383

    Lighthouse Bible Church: 341

    Mountain View Baptist Church - Belfry: 0

    New Hope Baptist Church - Billings: 0

    New Hope SBC - Cody, WY: 1,436

    Park City Baptist Church: 3,600.00

    Southside Community Church: 555.62

    The Rock Church: 2,700.00

    Trinity Baptist Church - Billings: 0.00

    Valley Baptist Church: 3,693.73

    Wicks Lane Baptist Church: 325.00

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    Montana Nuggets

    By Caroline Merck

    Libby Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking the man of God that He has chosen to shepherd our congregation. He must be grounded in the Bible with a heart for missions and evangelism. He must have a character of spiritual maturity, be a man of prayer and display the attributes of 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Libby Baptist is a rural church nestled at the base of the beautiful Cabinet Mountains in Northwest Montana. We are a family of believers who exist to influence our community and the world to become followers of Jesus Christ through heartfelt worship, growing is our faith and loving and serving others.

    Requirements/Expectations: Prefer Seminary/Biblical education, 5-10 years experience in Pastoral leadership, support missions both local and worldwide, can develop and articulate a clear vision for the future of Libby Baptist Church. Send resume to, (406) 293-6556


    Bedrock Church in Bozeman led by Church Planter/pastor Michael Tyson has created an interesting new ministry. Church members served as designated drivers on New Year’s Eve by providing 85 rides to people in Bozeman.

    Big Sky Fellowship in Helena will host a Men's Retreat January 22-23.

    Three Forks Baptist Church has called Scott Morningstar as their interim pastor.

    The Bridge at Belgrade began 2016 by celebrating with a baptism service of 4 people to start the new year.

    Roberts Plant

    Church of the Rockies is a fourteen month old church plant located in Red Lodge, Montana. They recently started a second campus located in Roberts, Montana. They had their first Christmas Eve service this year and had ninety-two people in attendance. Church of the Rockies blessed their community by giving gift cards and money to needy families. They continually strive to show the love of Christ to their community. Pastor Lee Merck says that they are thankful for the many ways God has blessed.

    The Hetzers

    New pastor and new vision in Glendive, Montana Pastor Daniel Hetzer began serving as pastor of Glendive First Baptist Church on November 8th. He, along with his wife Rachel and children Abigail, Danny, and Able, moved to Glendive from St. Pauls, North Carolina. The church is getting ready to do a monthly family worship night to reach out to the families in their community. The church's vision is "bridging our community to Christ." This is appropriate due to the beautiful bridges in Glendive. Glendive First Baptist Church is reaching out to their community in new and exciting ways.

    Valley Baptist Church in Huntley loves their community and has a passion for sharing God's love with them. They do an event called "Shine in the Valley" where they buy gas for people at local gas stations and serve hot dogs and drinks. Pastor Stan Bricker says that their vision is "to equip our church family to engage our valley with the love of Jesus Christ to see lives transformed." They are living this out through activities like AWANA, youth group, life group, and "Shine in the Valley." They also reached out with a Christmas Eve service. Valley Baptist Church is passionate about reaching their community with Jesus' love.

    Summit Life Church in Whitefish held a Bible Study in an apartment complex for three weeks prior to Christmas. There were 5 or 6 different attendees who asked to continue meeting after the first of the year. Church Planters Chris and Kim Baker continue to provide meals on Sunday evenings to the local firefighters.

    Fellowship Baptist Church in Polson delivered homemade Christmas cookie platters to the fire department, sheriff's department, city police, and tribal police. They serve a free dinner for the community once a month and are gearing up for the first dinner of the year on January 28.


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