Our Mission

We believe the Great Commission is a commission for all Christians. According to Mark 16:15, Jesus says "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature". God has called our family to go to the city of Butte, Montana, on behalf of all churches that will partner with us Acts 20:20 Life In Gospel Focus in this much needed ministry. Unlike some areas of the world where church planters are able to establish a church and turn it over to a national, the Northwestern United States seems to be very different.

Many missionaries have come and gone, and they are looking for someone that is willing to invest their time in them. They are tired of those who come and go. We plan to move to the city and remain there. We plan to start this new church, and remain as the pastor of this church as long as God would have us to be there. From there, we will minister to the people and pray that God would raise up men to the preaching ministry and send them out as missionaries, evangelists, or become pastors in nearby areas.

Our burden is for the state of Montana and the Northwestern United States, but the Great Commission tells us to go into all the WORLD, and the ones God raises will be encouraged to follow Him anywhere He leads. Our ultimate goal is to reproduce ourselves around the world! We desire that fruit may abound to the account of churches around the country that desire to support this ministry. Philippians 4:17 - "Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.".

Our Goals - Updated with progress as of May 17th, 2023
  • Start a new Independent Baptist Church and remain there as Pastor
    • March 10th, 2022: Held our first Bible study prior to church Grand Opening.
    • April 11-14, 2022: Get Acquainted Meetings were held to introduce the new church to the community.
    • April 17th, 2022: Started Grace Baptist Church of Butte, MT
  • Evangelize the lost in the city
    • February 2022: Mailers went out to all 17,000+ residential addresses promoting Hope4Butte.com with the gospel!
    • March 2022: Mailers went out to all 17,000+ residential addresses promoting the new church and the gospel.
    • June 2023: We are holding our first VBS with the help of our sending church in June at two local parks.
    • Many John & Romans packets and tracts have been distributed throughout the city and will continue to be distributed.
  • Reach the students of the University
  • Help the saints to grow in the Lord
    • Expository Preaching: In Sunday morning services, I have been preaching through books of the Bible.
    • Topical Preaching: On Sunday afternoons, we have been studying fundamental principles of the faith.
    • Bible Study: Every Thursday night we have been going verse-by-verse through books of the Bible.
  • Start an addictions program such as Reformers Unanimous (RU)
  • Pray that God would raise up His people for the ministry
    • Help us pray that God would raise up His people to help in the mininstry.
  • Train those who God calls or those that desire a deeper knowledge of God's Word
    • We started a discipleship course for new converts or anyone intersted in personal spiritual growth.
Our Vision - Updated with progress as of May 17th, 2023

When we initially arrived in Butte (September 2021), we immediately found a church that we could be a part of and spend some time getting acquainted with the city of Butte. We didn't want to be a part of a Butte church due to appearance of taking members out of another church, which we did not want to do. We ended up finding a church about 25 minutes away for Sunday services, but they didn't have a midweek service. We got to know the people and made some good friends there. For midweek services, we had just over an hour commute to Helena where we met a great young church where we have also made good friends. Both of these churches have been a blessing to us. We originally wanted to start the church in the fall, but we arrived too late, but it was all in God's timing. We ened up starting the church on Resurrection Sunday (April 17th, 2022). This was after starting a Bible Study on March 10th, 2022. We had wanted to start the church in a store front type location and ended up in the Montana Room of the Comfort Inn-Butte. It's a great location for us as it's less than five minutes from our home and very central to the city, without being in the uptown traffic (also just off the Interstate).

Working with Baptist Church Planting Ministries to assist us in the process of starting the new church was probably one of the best decisions we made early in the planning of the new church. They started working with us over a year before the grand opening date and their experience in helping many church planters over the years was a great blessing to have on our team. They worked alongside our sending church and never tried to overstep the authority of our sending church. I would recommend them to any church planter. Their concise plan was very helpful as there were many aspects that I would not have thought about until the last minute or until it was too late. They helped point us in the best direction for finding a church building and opened our eyes to various venues of possibilities. They funded themselves in multiple trips to Butte to help us in these areas as well as providing us 15,000 John & Romans to get us started.

With Montana Tech and Highlands College, both of the University of Montana, located in the city of Butte, we plan to look into ways to reach those students. There are almost 2,700 students that the university brings to the city each year. 76% of the students are from the state of Montana. We have witnessed and worked with some people that have been able to get a club started at Montana State University, and we hope to leverage their expertise in getting into the University of Montana.

There are many other opportunities throughout the city. With numerous festivities throughout the year, we hope to be able to get out and distribute literature to the people during the events. Also, there are several public parks and recreation areas throughout the city, and we hope to be able to have evangelistic outreach events held in those locations to get where the people are at. I will work with area pastors as well, to help understand aspects of the city that we can leverage in our outreach. We already have churches supporting our ministry in various capacities across the state, and I have no doubt they will be a huge help to us.

As the church begins to grow, we will start discipleship classes for the new converts during the week. We will be praying for the church and asking God to raise up individuals or families to full time Christian service. We are praying for laborers for His harvest. As God calls people out of His church, we will setup classes to train them, and if God allows, possibly a larger Bible Institute.

Our Request

None of this will be possible without your prayers and financial support of our family and ministry! We are very thankful for those of you that are already praying and giving, and we look forward to being able to provide fruit to your account. We also ask that you read our monthly prayer letters, and pray for the expressed needs. Also, according to Luke 10:2 and Matthew 9:38, we are to "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest". It is our prayer, that God would provide another family to go along side of ours, as I believe it's the model Jesus set forth in his Word (Luke 10:1). Our family thanks you for your prayers!

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