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  • ‘Neighboring’: Making disciples on Montana’s range

    September 6 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Neighboring’: Making disciples on Montana’s range

    Launching laity-led Bible studies at his Miles City, Mont., pastorate and at far-flung ranches on the state’s eastern range are among Jeff Cahill’s goals. “Eastern Montana is so sparsely populated that we can’t expect to start a traditional church with a building, pastor and budget,” Cahill, pastor of Valley Community Church, told Baptist Press.

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  • State convention building sales accumulate

    December 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State convention building sales accumulate

    At its annual meeting, the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) announced plans to sell its Denver-area office building and relocate to a smaller facility nearby. As CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick put it, the convention’s “desire in selling our building is to maximize the reach of our dollars through minimizing our space needs.”

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  • Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Montana church & town

    November 22 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Montana church & town

    There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley’s life but, the course of a church and a Montana community. In his early 20s, Webley was entrenched in a rough lifestyle and people just wanted him to leave town.

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  • Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    October 20 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    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.

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  • Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    September 12 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    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.

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  • Montana Senate passes novel late-term abortion rules

    February 28 2017 by Bob Brown, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Montana Senate passes novel late-term abortion rules

    The Montana state Senate has passed a bill requiring abortionists to try to save babies born at 24 weeks of gestation and older. Even if the Republican-controlled House passes Senate Bill 282, the bill still faces an uncertain future.

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  • Montana Southern Baptists ‘Refresh’ at annual meeting

    November 9 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Montana Southern Baptists ‘Refresh’ at annual meeting

    Montana Southern Baptist Convention 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.

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  • Barrett Duke begins in January as new Montana executive

    October 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Barrett Duke begins in January as new Montana executive

    Barrett Duke will begin in January 2017 as the new executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention after his near unanimous election to the post. Messengers to the annual meeting in Missoula elected Duke to succeed retiring executive director Fred Hewitt by a vote of 87 to 3, search committee chairman Bruce Speer said.

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  • ERLC’s Duke top candidate for Montana exec

    August 25 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC’s Duke top candidate for Montana exec

    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.

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  • Montana Baptists seek new executive director

    April 1 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Montana Baptists seek new executive director

    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.

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  • Montana executive Fred Hewett announces retirement

    March 10 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Montana executive Fred Hewett announces retirement

    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.

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  • Montana Baptists to sell site, downsize

    November 25 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Montana Baptists to sell site, downsize

    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 executive director, said the current site is too large, as the office staff has decreased from about 12 to three since 2008.

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  • James Nelson, former Montana exec, dies

    July 12 2012 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    James W. Nelson, executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Fellowship (now Montana Southern Baptist Convention) from 1985 until his retirement in 1994, died July 4 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 88.

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  • Big-sky missions view: Mont. church ups CP 5%

    December 28 2011 by Karen L. Willoughby | with 0 comments
    Big-sky missions view: Mont. church ups CP 5%

    About nine months after pastor KJ Ellington started educating Jordan Community Bible Church about missions, missionaries and Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program, members voted to increase their percentage CP giving from 8 to 13 percent.

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  • Mont. Baptists embrace 2020 Vision

    November 2 2011 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    BILLINGS, MONT. – Nearly 100 messengers from 65 of Montana’s 135 Southern Baptist churches and missions voted at their annual meeting for the 2020 Vision developed over the summer by pastors and leaders from across the state.

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