Discover, Develop, and Deploy

Darren HalesAll Enews, Strengthening Team

In 2 Timothy 2:1-2, we read an exhortation of the Apostle Paul to Timothy, which is a key principle in developing leaders. We are to entrust to faithful men (and women) what we have been taught, so those we are discipling can teach others. That’s four generations of discipleship in one verse. Our investment in developing disciple makers propels the … Read More

Being Known

Ryan CooperAll Enews, Strengthening Team

Recently, I was face to face with the unenviable difficulty of having to admit sin, confess to another, and wrestle through the uncomfortable aftermath of, “Hey, I really stomped on your feelings there, and I’m sorry for doing that…again…” Predictably, I didn’t want to share. I didn’t want to own up to my failures. I didn’t want to be open. … Read More

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