Montana Baptist E-News

The Montana Baptist E-News | October 2016

Montana Southern Baptist Convention

Refresh Montana Recap

By Darren Hales, MTSBC President

MTSBC Executive Director Elect Barrett Duke and his wife Denise, stands with MTSBC President Darren Hales and wife Susan. Barrett Duke was voted in as executive director at Refresh Montana in Missoula.

Crosspoint Refresh 2016 was held at Crosspoint Community Church in Missoula, MT.

It was a joy to be with many of you in Missoula on October 6-7th for our first Refresh Montana. Our hope was that it would have the feel of a Mission’s Conference, with the impact of a Revival Service and it delivered on both fronts. Dr. Steve Gaines, our SBC President, stoked the fire for spiritual renewal through prayer and our Prayer Summit with Don Pierson provided the opportunity for some focused time of prayer. We corporately cried out to the Lord for repentance and refreshing in our own walk with the Lord and for the collective mission we share. It was such a blessing to see so many pastors praying over one another and it set the stage for us to set a new course in Montana with the election of Dr. Barrett Duke as our new Executive Director. More...

Dr Steve Gaines (CLICK TO ENLARGE) SBC President Dr. Steve Gaines presents his message on prayer to the attendees.

hewett-and-duke (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Fred Hewett will be passing on the executive director duties to Barrett Duke.

attendees (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Attendees at Refresh enjoy catching up with their friends and co-laborers.

attendees (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Attendees at Refresh enjoy catching up with their friends and co-laborers.

There were overwhelming approvals of our new budget, nominations to boards, and for the reports from our Strategy Team, Starting Team, and Next Gen Team. I was honored to be chosen again to serve as the MTSBC President, and I will work with Lee Merck as the Vice President over the next year to lead the Administrative Team and the Executive Board. If you did not receive a Ministry Overview (formerly the Book of Reports) you can contact the MTSBC office for a copy.

We will enter 2017 with new momentum and new leadership. Dr. Barrett Duke officially begins his duties on January 1st. In this time of transition, Barrett will finish his responsibilities with the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission and prepare to move to Billings in December. The ERLC has been so gracious in this process and will allow him to communicate continually with the MTSBC office and begin preparations for MPACT Montana in March. The Administrative Team has given Barrett the authority to serve as the Executive Director “Elect” until January. Stan Bricker will help with some administrative duties over the next three months and Bree and Jeannie have our full confidence to handle the day to day needs of the MTSBC.

As we evaluate the reformatted annual meeting, we will consider ideas to make it even better next year. We have already had many requests to include a lunch for our pastor’s wives and possibly one more session for more breakouts for equipping. These add value to gathering. We believe the video format allowed us to streamline much of the annual reports, while highlighting the work of the SBC around the world. We want to continue this high quality communication and have even more interaction with missionaries from the field. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send me an email.

Watch Sessions on E-quip

  • General Session 1 - SBC Ministry Around The World
  • Connect With An IMB Missionary
  • Praying With Purpose and Focus
  • General Session 2 - The World's Largest Ministry Organization
  • Prayer Summit
  • General Session 3 - Life On The Mission Field
  • The Power of Prayer
  • General Session 4 - Convention Business
  • Message From the New Executive Director

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    A Message from the New MTSBC Executive Director

    Barrett Duke, MTSBC Executive Director Elect

    The psalmist declared one day in God’s courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I agree. Any time spent with God and His people is an immeasurable blessing. So, you can imagine how Denise and I feel after having been with you for Refresh Montana.

    Those of you who attended the annual meeting know what I’m talking about. It was a blessed time of spiritual refreshing. The fellowship, the challenges from God’s Word, and the fervent prayer combined to make the annual meeting a highlight of the year for us. And then, of course, there was the vote to confirm our belief that God has called us to serve alongside you in this beautiful state! More...

    From the very first conversation with the search committee earlier this year, I was reminded why part of my heart stayed behind in Montana when I was with you at your annual meeting in 2012. This is truly a remarkable state being served by a remarkable group of dedicated Southern Baptists.

    The emphasis on spiritual renewal at this year’s annual meeting reinforced all of that in our minds and hearts. Denise and I are genuinely moved by the sincere servant spirit and dedication to God that we witnessed. I believe God was pleased to meet with us during that time.

    Denise and I believe God wants to reveal Himself in awesome ways in the coming years in Montana. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us to join you for what He is preparing to do. In fact, we are working as hard and as fast as we can to get back to all of you and the great state of Montana as soon as possible!

    We ask you to continue to pray for us as we make this move, but more so, we ask that you would pray that God will enable us to pour out our lives with you for the sake of Jesus Christ and His great love. And, be assured of our daily prayers on your behalf. We’re going to have a great time in the Lord! See you soon.



    MTSBC Annual Meeting

    Get Real West (GRW) is just around the corner on November 11-12 in Missoula, MT.

    And this year…Pastors and leaders get in FREE!

    Are your students going?

    This year GRW is proud to welcome The Exchange to lead your students in worship. The Exchange’s pop rock style is perfect for creating passionate and energetic worship sets your students will love. Their hit song “Heartbeat” was the #1 added song to Christian rock radio during the summer of 2015 and their promise to stay after to talk with “any and every” student shows a commitment to growing God’s Kingdom, not just entertaining. More...

    Teaching students the truth of God’s word in a way they’ll understand is 20-year student ministry veteran Matt Maiberger. Matt currently works as the Executive Pastor for Life Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. His heart’s passion is to know Jesus, make Him known and see God’s Kingdom come to Earth. Your students will come away from Get Real West encouraged, inspired and equipped to to reach their peers for Jesus.

    In addition to four powerful worship sessions, four impactful teaching times and the kind of fellowship and relationship building only a retreat can offer students, GRW offers training time for youth workers, parents and pastors. GRW packs all of this and more into a short Friday night and Saturday morning all for just $40/student with Pastors and leaders FREE!

    With students leaving the church in record numbers after high school you can’t afford not to send your students to Get Real West.

    For additional info, promotional materials, permission slips and more please visit our website, or contact Next-Gen Director Adam Burt at and 406-672-5532.


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  • December 3 | Glasgow – Calvary Baptist Church, 100 Highland Avenue
  • December 8 | Bozeman – Crossroads Church, 111 Arrowhead Trail
  • December 9 | Missoula – Outdoorsmen Church, 12208 Pulpmill Road
  • December 10 | Miles City – Valley Community Church, 1004 N. Sewell Ave


  • February 4 | Glasgow – Calvary Baptist Church, 100 Highland Avenue
  • February 9 | Central Region – Location to Be Determined
  • February 10 | Missoula – Outdoorsmen Church, 12208 Pulpmill Road
  • February 11 | Miles City – Valley Community Church, 1004 N. Sewell Ave


  • April 1 | Glasgow – Calvary Baptist Church, 100 Highland Avenue
  • April 6 | Central Region – Location to Be Determined
  • April 7 | Missoula – Outdoorsmen Church, 12208 Pulpmill Road
  • April 8 | Miles City – Valley Community Church, 1004 N. Sewell Ave
  • Mark your calendars for future Elevate dates!

    The 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:

  • Central Region – William Johnson, 406-579-1304
  • Missoula – Michael Liner, 406-830-0884
  • Miles City and Glasgow – Eddie Smith, 406-853-9890

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    The Montana Southern Baptist Convention


    Normally, by this time of year, your church has received information on completing your Annual Church Profile. LifeWay has spent the past year getting a new reporting site up and running. The site,, is now ready to use. You will be receiving reporting instructions in the near future.

    If you would like to complete your ACP now, just go to The login information has remained the same as in the past years. If you need help or don’t have your user name and password, please feel free to contact Jeannie Hayes at 406-252-7537 or

    The ACP report helps Montana churches affect how the SBC allocates its resources by providing more accurate information regarding trends here in the West. In essence, the ACP helps us and the SBC be a better steward of resources. Thank you to all who participate!

    40 Days for Life U.S. tour runs through Nov. 6

    By Diane Chandler, Baptist Press


    ST PAUL, Minn. (BP) -- As Planned Parenthood marks its centennial, pro-life advocates are participating in the international 40 Days for Life campaign billed as the largest such mobilization in U.S. history.

    A 40 Days for Life United bus tour is a new addition to the 2016 campaign that will include vigils in 367 locations in 270 U.S. cities and more than 20 foreign countries, major campaign sponsor Pro-Life Action Ministries (PLAM) of St. Paul, Minn., said at

    The United tour will make stops in more than 125 cities to hold rallies and prayer vigils that will encourage Christians to stand together for the sanctity of life across the nation, 40 Days for Life president Shawn Carney said in a press release. More...

    "Since 40 Days for Life started in 2007," Carney said, "we have recognized that although abortion is a national problem, it does not happen in the White House, in Congress, or in the Supreme Court. Abortion takes place in hometowns across America -- and it will end, and is ending, in hometowns across America, one by one."

    The interdenominational campaigns began nearly 10 years ago with vigils outside abortion clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and have grown to include all 50 states. Each city-based 40 Days for Life campaign is distinguished by 40 days of prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a "constant, peaceful vigil in the public right-of-way outside abortion facilities" PLAM said. The group is working with at least five other national ministries and numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups in conducting the bus tour, which began Sept. 28 in Washington D.C, and runs through Nov. 6 in Virginia.

    The 2016 tour is scheduled to make four stops today (Oct. 17) in Colorado, including abortion clinics in Fort Collins, Boulder and Colorado Springs, with the statewide rally today at 6:30 p.m. in Denver.

    Steve Karlen, 40 Days for Life North American campaign director, said the tour is evidence of unity in the fight against abortion.

    "People of faith sometimes feel alone in their efforts to end abortion," Karlen said. "We are all in this together -- and with God's blessings, abortion in this country will come to an end."

    Already in the current campaign, PLAM said it has received reports of 264 babies being saved from abortions their mothers had planned to have.

    Several 40-day campaigns are observed each year, the most recent one held Feb. 10-March 20 in 273 locations including the U.S. and 24 foreign countries. In that campaign which drew 120,000 participants from 4,700 churches, PLAM said at, 631 lives were saved from abortion, six abortion workers left the industry, three abortion facilities closed.

    The campaign's length is based on God's use of 40-day periods to transform individuals and communities, including the flood of Noah's era, Moses' recording of the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai, and the period between Christ's resurrection and ascension.

    Since 2007, more than 700,000 individuals from 18,500 churches have participated in vigils in 636 cities and 36 countries, preventing at least 11,796 babies from being aborted, leading to 133 workers leaving the abortion industry and seeing 73 abortion facilities end their practice, PLAM said.

    Other tour sponsors are March for Life, Heartbeat International, Silent No More Awareness, Students for Life and Susan B. Anthony List, along with numerous city and state pro-life coalition groups including many Southern Baptists, PLAM said.

    The complete schedule of vigils and participation information are available at


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