The Beauty of Local Cooperation

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

The Beauty of Local Cooperation

Across the state of Montana, churches are separated by time and space, so each has to be intentional about staying connected. The churches in the Triangle Baptist Association still see the value in local cooperation and realize they play a strategic role in strengthening one another. At their Annual Meeting this past Sunday, they pledged their mutual support for one another and established ways to accomplish more by working together.  It was beautiful sight to see!

The TBA met at the Big Sky Baptist Church in Great Falls, MT and the atmosphere was warm and personal.   Each pastor shared a report of how God is at work in their local community and ways they could pray for one another.  From Shelby to Cascade and Choteau to Lewistown, these pastors encouraged one another.  They also made new commitments in their 2020 budget to provide fellowship and training for their pastors, provide resources for discipleship and evangelism, and support Native American ministry. 

The TBA covers the entire cost of Right Now Media so that every church can provide it to every church member.  This is a tremendous discipleship resource.  They also provide Vacation Bible School materials so that each church can impact their local community.   Their cooperative spirit demonstrates their care for one another and their commitment to expanding the Kingdom of God.

Pastor Dave Strand delivered an encouraging message from Mark 6, reminding those who attended that God delivers us from the storms of life and orchestrates our lives sovereignly. We can trust Him! Dr. Barrett Duke gave a report from the Montana Southern Baptist Convention and Darren Hales shared about his role as the Church Strengthening Team leader.  Big Sky Baptist also provided a turkey dinner for the messengers who attended.

So many churches in Montana feel isolated.  We need to change that! The Triangle Baptist Association provides a refreshing reminder of how to live as family. The next opportunity for pastors and churches from around the state to gather and feel the connection of sister churches will be at REFRESH MONTANA.  It will be worth the trip to Kalispell on October 3-4.  Go to to register today!

About the Author

Darren Hales

Darren Hales is the Church Strengthening Team Leader of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention.