Creating a Home for a Theological School About to Change the World
Yellowstone Theological Institute aspires to serve its students and the Gallatin Valley community through faith, adventure, and the arts.
Even without a dedicated campus, YTI has already begun the educational journey with full-time students. The first class of future theological studies graduates is currently attending classes in Bozeman, at the historic Grand Avenue Christian Church located downtown. To achieve our grander goals, YTI is creating an eighty-acre educational and recreational campus.
The campus—currently under development in Bozeman, Montana—will facilitate discipleship, service, and ministry with a much larger reach than traditional churches. Its beautiful grounds and functional, hopeful aesthetic echo J.R.R. Tolkien’s Rivendell—the “last homely house” at the foot of the misty mountains, reviving travelers, visitors, and scholars alike.
Designed as a welcoming spiritual haven, the completed campus will feature miles of accessible, natural terrain, including fly casting ponds, trails, community gardens, and an outdoor athletic complex. In addition to the dedicated education center for graduate theological studies, a year-round retreat center will welcome diverse groups from spiritual and secular backgrounds.
The warm, sunny Montana summertime—Bozeman boasts 320 annual days of sunshine—will invite exploration of the Yellowstone Theological Institute campus’ winding bike paths and grassy fields. During the winter months, when Bozeman receives an average of 72 inches of snow, the grounds will transform into nordic ski trails, snowshoeing paths, and ice-skating ponds.
The 80-acre campus aims to play an active role in Bozeman’s cultural community. Groundbreaking on June 2, 2016, commenced construction, and the first phase of facilities is scheduled to be ready for use by late 2018.
Phase One: Education Center
Yellowstone Theological Institute is, at its heart, a school. Phase One—the Education Center—will be the first stage of campus development. The Education Center brings together three components: a 500-seat hall perfect for lectures, worship services, and musical performances, a soup and bread café, and the daily-use classrooms and offices for the institute, complete with library and bookstore.
The YTI campus will be a place of intellectual dialogue, acceptance, and spiritual experience. Its café will serve students, faculty, and the public each week—local, wholesome fare made from produce grown in the YTI gardens. Phase One will include landscape development, with ponds, trails, athletic facilities, and more.
Phase Two: Retreat Center
Construction of the Retreat Center will begin upon completion of the Education Center. Designed to host diverse groups seeking to hold workshops and recreational retreats, the Retreat Center will include meeting rooms, a large communal gathering room, and a dining room with the capacity to seat 100. Individual overnight suites will feature queen beds, private bathrooms, kitchenettes, and living areas.
Retreat attendees will be given access to the buildings, grounds, and events at YTI. The Retreat Center’s centralized location and elegant, functional design will invite groups from around the region to converge in Bozeman for spiritual, recreational, and business retreats.
Phase Three: Worship Arts Center
The Yellowstone Theological Institute Worship Arts Center is designed as a 1,000-seat auditorium, perfect for worship, ballet, symphony, opera, and other staged events. The facility will include offices, classrooms, an arts foyer, rehearsal space, workshops, and a small service kitchen. This third phase of campus expansion is planned to finalize development of the YTI grounds.