Baptism Sunday

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

One of the great joys of summer is to see our churches celebrating baptism in the lakes and rivers of Montana. While the sun is hot, we seek to take advantage of the narrow window of opportunity for this format, even though the water is still very much cold. As those who have responded to the Gospel with repentance and faith identify … Read More

Everyone is a Counselor

Ryan CooperAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Everyone is a counselor: But are you a good one or a bad one? In the 2007 comedy, License to Wed, engaged couple Ben and Sadie embark on a crash course in pre-marital counseling with a Catholic priest (played by Robin Williams) before their wedding. Of course, hijinks ensues.  Throughout the movie, Ben has conversations with his friend, Joel, about the … Read More

It Started in a Coffee Shop

Darren HalesAll Enews, Planting Team, Strengthening Team

How can the prayers of 5 college students in Pullman, WA, be used by God to start a collegiate church planting movement? That’s a great question! It’s an amazing story of life transformation, which is now unfolding at the University of Montana and Montana State University! I They longed to see the Kingdom of Heaven experienced on earth! As they … Read More

How is your Spiritual Love Tank?

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Do you ever feel like you are running on empty and there is nothing left to give? You are not alone, pastor. If we are not careful, the unrelenting pressures of life and ministry can put stress and strain on our relationships and leave us emotionally unhealthy. Though we know the value and promise of “Abide” from John 15, our … Read More

Southern Baptist census data reflects COVID’s impact on churches

Carol PipesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

By Carol Pipes, Originally published on May 20, 2021 by LifeWay Newsroom NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the early weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Southern Baptist churches joined the wave of school and business closures to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Churches shifted to online worship services, while Sunday School classes and small groups met in … Read More

Wild and Wide-Open

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

If you ask Morris Hill about what God is doing in St. Regis, MT, he couldn’t be more excited. The church is growing, leaders are being developed, and souls are being saved! He says ministry right now is “wild and wide-open” as they prepare for mission teams this summer. Like many churches, New Day Fellowship uses the summer months to engage their … Read More

Raise Expectations!

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

In Matthew 4:19, Jesus called His first disciples. He said… “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” This calling was a personal invitation to know Him, to live in relationship with Him, and to join Him in His mission. This incredible life changing, paradigm shifting invitation from the Messiah also came with a cost. A true disciple … Read More

Giving Hope to Weary Souls: Who Will Say Yes?

Ryan CooperAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Expectations shattered.  Reality bared its ugly fangs and assaulted them with devastating effects.  Living in rural Montana among the rural hamlets, grasslands of the East, mountains of the West, many people begin life with a desire to grow, flourish, and create a legacy for themselves. But when life’s inevitable rumble strips erode into bottomless sinkholes, suddenly help seems so far … Read More

The Road Home

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

As the new year began, Park City Baptist Church began a new chapter in the life of their church by calling Chris and Traci Rafferty and their family. For Traci, this is a return home. She was raised in a Catholic home and attended Billings West High School.  She was saved at Calvary Baptist Church in Laurel in 1992 and attended … Read More

Regional Children’s Ministry Workshop

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Over the last several years, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Montana has become a great ministry partner. Many of our MTSBC churches have experienced a 5 Day Club in their community and know their commitment to excellence. Our pastors have seen their excitement in sharing the Gospel in creative and compelling ways. Everything CEF does is rooted in Scripture and they have a great … Read More