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  • Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (9 months ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Six church plants and a new three-year partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were among highlights of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

    The convention, known in-state as Refresh Montana, held its Oct. 5-6 sessions at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings, where Paul Jones has been pastor for 28 years.

    "Ministry in Montana is challenging on many levels," Executive Director Barrett Duke told the 203 attendees, which included 89 messengers from 52 of the state convention's 135 churches. "But you have proven that through dedication, hard work and God's leadership, great things are possible." Read More

  • Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (BP) -- With wildfires in the western United States having consumed a cumulative area larger than the state of Maryland, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units are preparing for ministry.

    Nine western states -- California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming -- have experienced fires this year that have consumed more than 8 million total acres, 3 million above the annual national average for the past decade, according to The Washington Post. Read More

  • Mont. Southern Baptists 'Refresh' at annual meeting

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (one year ago)

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    MISSOULA, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) President Darren Hales described the group's 2016 annual meeting as having the "feel of a missions conference and the impact of a revival service."

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines spoke during the meeting and "stoked the fire for spiritual renewal through prayer," Hales said. And Don Pierson, pastor of Stewart's Chapel Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., led the group in focused prayer at the meeting's prayer summit. Read More

  • Barrett Duke begins in Jan. as new Mont. exec.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Barrett Duke will begin in January 2017 as the new executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) after his near unanimous election to the post.

    "We are very excited about the opportunity the Lord has opened up for us in Montana. The convention confirmed for us what we believed God's call to be with a very strong vote. ... Read More

  • ERLC's Duke top candidate for Montana exec

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Religious liberty advocate Barrett Duke has emerged as the top candidate for executive directorship of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention.

    Bruce Speer, heading the MTSBC eight-member search team for the post, said Duke will receive the team's unanimous recommendation for the executive directorship at the group's annual meeting this fall. Read More

  • Montana Baptists seek new executive director

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 31, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- The Montana Southern Baptist Convention is seeking a new executive director to lead the group of about 135 churches in a state where more than a third of the people reportedly don't attend church worship services regularly -- or at all.

    The new executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) will need to be a successful pastor, an exceptional leader committed to evangelism, and must love pastors and local churches, said search team chairman Bruce Speer, who pastors Crosspoint Community Church in Missoula. Read More

  • Montana exec Fred Hewett announces retirement

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, March 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Fred Hewett, executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention, has announced he will retire after the convention's annual meeting in October.

    Hewett, 62, who has led Montana Baptists for nearly nine years, made the announcement March 4 in Billings during the two-day M-Pact Montana Conference for church ministry in today's culture. Read More

  • Mont. Baptists to sell site, stay in Billings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    BOZEMAN, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Baptists are downsizing from their Billings headquarters for a building to better accommodate their smaller, less centralized staff, messengers voted at their 2015 annual meeting.

    Fred Hewett, Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) executive director, said the current site is too large, as the office staff has decreased from about 12 to three since 2008. Read More

  • Montana Baptists increase CP giving

    by Staff, posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 (3 years ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Baptists will send one percent more of their Cooperative Program receipts to national and international Southern Baptist Convention causes in 2015 than in 2014.

    Messengers to the Montana annual meeting and pastors’ conference voted to give to the national SBC 25 percent of an anticipated $523,000 in Cooperative Program gifts from Montana churches, compared to the 24 percent given this year, Montana Baptists reported to Baptist Press. The state’s 2015 total budget is $1,140,543. Read More