A Brave New Year!
After a long, hot, and smoky August, Yellowstone Theological Institute is ready for the new school year to start! New students, returning students, new programs and classes, and a new facility are some of the highlights of what is to come.
In terms of programs, YTI continues its M.Div. this year, with several returning students and one new student. In a curricular change, we are now offering M.A.T. courses each term as night classes. Fall 2018 kicks off with “Thinking Theologically” and “Memoirs of a People: Torah and O.T. Histories”, taught by Mr. Lance Green, and Dr. Rachel Toombs respectively. We continue to offer classes on a quarterly basis in the M.A.T. program as intensives in order to meet the needs of our various students. Finally, our Diploma program, delivered primarily in Bellingham, Washington, is being fine-tuned. Currently it consists of a four-course core: The Biblical Narrative, Basic Christian Doctrine, Thinking Theologically, and Ministry 101. Additionally, there are several contemporary concerns symposia, such as “Let Justice Roll On: Justice, Mercy and Peace—From the Church to the World,” “The Life and Teachings of Jesus,” “The Postmodern Human: Gender, Sexuality, Abortion, and a Christian Response,” “The Care of Troublesome People,” and “The Christian and Politics,” to name a few. The student working on his or her diploma will take the four core courses and select four of the contemporary concern symposia. The ultimate goal is to create a well-grounded disciple whose faith can speak to a myriad of contemporary issues.
Finally, after being extended a wonderful kindness in our inaugural year by Grand Avenue Christian Church and the use of their facilities, YTI is moving to a new temporary location in Bozeman. Our new location, a 9000 sq. ft. facility located at 2030 Stadium Drive, is perfect for our growing school. Every faculty member and administrator will have an office, and we are building two state of the art seminar rooms for our instructional needs. Each seminar room will be a “smart” classroom, with televisions, Wi-Fi, and the ability to conduct distance learning. We will have a large room to be used for chapel, special lectures and a variety of other community activities, including the Yellowstone Dance Experience next summer! We will also have room for our entire library in our lower level area. Classes will start on September 4 at the Evangelical Free Church, but will move to the new facility on October 1. Again, a big thank you to Grand Avenue Christian Church and E-Free Church for helping us out in this transitional time. Keep YTI in your prayers. We seek to make a difference in our culture, one student at a time, and we are praying that students from across the country are called to study with us. Our marketing program is going full speed, as well as our capital campaign. We are reaching out to our Bozeman community and serving our churches on a weekly basis. Our first annual Summer Scholars program was a success, drawing men and women from Wyoming, Washington, Kansas, and Arkansas. We would like to continue to grow and touch people, and so we desire your thoughts and prayers. I look forward to hearing from many of you, our supporters and readers, this new year.
Grace & Peace,
Dr. Jay Smith, President
Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics