Yellowstone Theological Institute Brings New Vision for Theological Education in 21st Century

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

August 2015 Inscribed

Welcome to the first edition of Inscribed, the bi-monthly community newsletter of Yellowstone Theological Institute. Inscribed exists to keep you informed of the recent and future events of the Institute, as well as faculty accomplishments, student accomplishments, placement needs, and ongoing development projects.

We are extremely pleased with the reception YTI has received in the last seven months around the Northwest U.S. as well as in the gulf Southwest. Why is this? I believe it is because YTI provides a unique vision of what it means to deliver a meaningful theological education: YTI exists to provide a unique and relevant theological education for a changing world. We are “re-imagining a Christian witness” for the church in the 21st century.

We make no claims to extravagant facilities, and our faculty members are simply “harvest workers in the field of the Lord.” Nevertheless, our generous ethos and theology and our free-church orientation allow us to embrace a more diverse body of students than other seminaries or divinity schools. Additionally, YTI, though based in Bozeman, Montana, is equally invested in Boise, Idaho and Bellingham, Washington.

In recent months we have taught courses and given evening lectures in Boise, Idaho at First Baptist Church; Belgrade, Montana at Belgrade Community Church and at two locations in Bellingham, Washington – First Baptist Church and Hillcrest Community Church. We have recruited in several different colleges and universities in Texas, Idaho, Montana and Washington. We have engaged in servant ministries in the Gallatin Valley with the Yellowstone Soccer Experience, reaching out to over 50 participants and a hundred additional family members and friends!

Additionally, the YTI vision has been shared with writers from the Christian Century and other national publications. We have radio and print advertising in all of our geographic markets and have begun to field inquiries from potential donors.

We hope that you will follow us on this adventure. Our Master of Arts degree is only the first of four planned degrees for YTI. In 2017, we will begin our unique residential Master of Divinity program, followed in 2022 by a Doctor of Ministry and in 2027 by a Doctor of Theology. Remember, a seminary is not simply a school, but rather a living community where the Living God is encountered on a daily basis. Join us at Yellowstone Theological Institute, “Where faith meets adventure and the arts!”

Grace & Peace,
Dr. Jay Smith, President

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