Church Strengthening Team

Our mission is to ENCOURAGE, EXHORT & EQUIP the local church to engage their community with the Gospel and to grow strong and vibrant disciple making churches.

Pastor Search Process

Request a Resume

ARE YOU AN MTSBC CHURCH SEEKING A PASTOR OR A STAFF POSITION? Upon your request, the MTSBC will provide recently received resumes, a family photo of each prospective candidate, and information provided by them regarding their theological foundation and ministry philosophy.

The MTSBC does not complete a vetting process with these prospective candidates and the transfer of information is not an endorsement. We are here to support you in your pastor search process. Please contact with any questions.

Submit a Resume

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO EXPLORE MINISTRY IN MONTANA? The MTSBC does not function as a placement agency, but we work closely with churches who are seeking new pastors and staff positions. Upon the request of an MTSBC church, we share resumes to their search team.

Submit Resume

Church Strengthening Team

Darren Hales

Darren Hales

Strengthening Team Leader

Mike Kauffold

Michael Kauffold

Rural & Small Church Specialist
Michael is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Wolf Point, MT and he serves the churches in the Hi-Line Region

KJ Ellington

KJ Ellington

Rural & Small Church Specialist
KJ is the pastor of Jordan Community Bilbe Church in Jordan, MT and he serves the churches in the Big Sky Region

Bruce Speer

Coaching & Strategy Specialist
Bruce is the pastor of Crosspoint Community Church in Missoula, MT and he provides Strategic Coaching to the pastors in the Glacier Region

Church Strengthening Resources and links

Go Montana

HOW CAN WE HELP you to start something new and accomplish the vision God has given you for your community?

Montana E-Quip

WE HAVE LOADED the Montana E-Quip site with dozens of videos from MTSBC events. These videos include Preaching, Teaching, and Training from MPact, Refresh (The MTSBC Annual Meeting), Get Real, and More!

Go to Montana E-Quip
Pastor Hotline

SOUTHERN BAPTIST PASTORS struggling through personal or professional crisis now have a confidential place to turn. The Pastor Hotline is a free, confidential, dedicated help line for pastors. Trained, professional counselors are available every day from 8 am – 10 pm (EST).

Confidentiality is ensured by Focus on the Family.


RIGHTNOW MEDIA has video studies for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more. Are you a pastor or staff member in an MTSBC Church? Ask for a free family subscription. Email for more information.


MINISTRY INSIGHTS provides services that help people discover their God-given strengths, blend their differences with others, and create positive personal, family, and ministry relationships.


THIS MINISTRY EQUIPS and assists Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically.

Go to Peacemaker Ministries

LEARN HOW TO SAFEGUARD the children you serve and train your volunteer workers to protect them.

Go to Ministry Safe

LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR and protect those who have been abused.

Go to Caring Well

THE ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM advocates for your right to freely live out your faith.

Go To Alliance Defending Freedom