Yellowstone Theological Institute seeks to serve the Gallatin Valley community through ‘faith, adventure, and the arts’. Thus, a traditional seminary construction scheme is not appropriate. YTI’s campus, currently under development in Bozeman, Montana, is designed to facilitate the mission of discipleship, service, and ministry in the broader cultural context. Groundbreaking for the campus was held June 2, 2016, and the first phase of facilities is slated to be ready for use by late 2018.
The Campus Property
The initial architectural renderings for the property include a soccer field, fly-casting ponds, hiking and cross-country ski trails, a year round retreat center, an education center, and a small performing arts venue (1000 seats). Bozeman residents and visitors alike appreciate the seasonal and geographic uniqueness of the northern Rockies and seek to take advantage of the recreational opportunities available here. In the summer, the YTI campus will provide athletic facilities for soccer, ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee golf, hiking, walking, bike riding, fly-casting, and communal gardening. In the winter, the grounds will transform into cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing paths, and ice-skating ponds.
Phase 1: Education Center
The Education Center has three primary components: a 500-seat sanctuary/lecture/recital hall, a soup & bread café, and the classrooms and offices for the institute, complete with library and bookstore. The campus is open to the public for reflection and education year round as a place of intellectual dialog, acceptance, and spiritual experience. The café will be open to the public each week and will serve beverages, soups, and bread using produce from gardens on the YTI property. This phase also sees the development of the landscaping of the grounds with ponds, trails, a soccer field, a basketball court, and other recreational amenities.
Phase 2: Retreat Center
The retreat center will be made available to a variety of groups for retreats of up to 5 days by reservation. The retreat center will cater to Judeo-Christian religious groups of a variety of affiliations and seek to facilitate their spiritual sojourn. In the same fashion, the retreat center will cater to select business groups as they seek to hold working and recreation retreats. The retreat center is designed with small meeting rooms, a large gathering room and a dining room able to seat 100. Individual suites will have queen beds, individual bathrooms, a kitchenette, and a small living area. Those individuals on retreat will be able to take advantage of all the benefits of the YTI property. This retreat center promises to be a center for spiritual, business, and recreational retreats in the Rocky Mountain Northwest.
Phase 3: Worship Arts Center
The Worship Arts Center is a 1,000-seat auditorium designed for worship, ballet, symphony, opera, and other staged events. It will also have offices, classrooms, an arts foyer, rehearsal space, workshops, and a small service kitchen. This phase sees the final development of the grounds as well.