Vision, Design, Construction, and Prayer!
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Summer 2017 is upon us. Winter and spring of 2017 were a long six months of teaching, recruiting, development, public relations, value engineering, city permitting, and preparation for incoming faculty and students! Not bad for a staff of four, and a myriad of community partners! Even now, we are in the midst of the 2017 Yellowstone Soccer Experience. We have four adult coaches, four adult sponsors, two administrative interns, two intern coaches and nine student coaches, as well as 55 student athletes. Needless to say, we have kicked off a busy summer! Soon we will have all of our faculty here, and our mid-summer annual board meeting will be upon us. On July 6th, our annual meeting will kick off with the inaugural Klein Gilhousen Lecture for Faith and Science, featuring Dr. Eric Priest from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland at the Museum of the Rockies. On July 7th, we will have our first “Friends of YTI” picnic at Copper Spring Ranch. Our actual meeting will be on Saturday, July 8th. Our students start rolling into Bozeman in August. With all of the activity going on this summer, including the teaching of our courses in Bellingham, and the kick-off of our Master of Divinity program in Bozeman, it is easy to lose sight of some of the behind-the-scenes work this summer.
This edition of Inscribed is dedicated to all of the behind-the-scenes YTI partners who make our vision a reality. From Locati Architects, Langlas General Contractors, and Madison Engineering to Tate Management, the Bannack Group, and Classic Ink Marketing, our partners help us to accomplish our goals of design, construction, and marketing. We can’t do what we do without these important friends. Indeed, we are going beyond the classroom to create community with all of our partners in Bozeman. These friends have something to say about YTI in this issue of Inscribed, and why they believe this is an important project for our community. Enjoy getting to know each of them.
If you are reading this newsletter, you are a partner with YTI. We have friends in Appling, Georgia; Denton, Texas; Aiken, South Carolina; Waynesboro, Georgia; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Washington; and Bozeman, Montana—and our family of friends continues to grow!
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”—thank you, all of you, for sharing the vision of theological education for a new era with us. We pray for all of you, and hope that you will continue to keep us in your prayers!
Grace & Peace to You,
Dr. Jay Smith, President