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God’s Vision For Us Continues

When Yellowstone Theological Institute’s first Master of Divinity students started, our school was on the second floor of an old church building and eventually we moved into our current building right next to our future campus. Looking ahead, our campus will be a welcoming spiritual haven that reaches beyond the scope of traditional churches through service, ministry, community programs and education.

Set among 80 acres, this campus will combine education, the arts, recreation, walking trails, fly-casting ponds, community gardens, an outdoor athletic complex and a retreat center. Located in the heart of Bozeman, this will be a place for students and the community to experience the divine in a setting that only God could design.

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A Message from Jay

At a time when historic seminaries are folding and online learning has become a standard method for education, YTI is taking a different approach to theological education and maximizing the engagement level between students and professors. At YTI, we’re expanding the learning environment beyond the classroom and taking it into the community, whether that’s at a coffee shop, community event, concert hall or outside in Montana’s mountains. For our faculty, staff and administration, it’s important that we provide a place for students to thrive; a setting where they can engage in church and theological history, cultural and biblical studies, and put those learnings to use through daily, practical applications. That place is the Yellowstone Theological Institute.

At YTI, we welcome a community of people to learn in an authentic environment where they can speak openly of God and life. We are a place where faith meets adventure and the arts, and we embrace those components of human existence while knowing that life is bound together through

a tapestry of learning, work, God, relationships and love. We strive to help our students find a wholeness in their existence by teaching them to love unconditionally as they are connected to creation and develop a deeper relationship with God.

And while there are many fine seminary and divinity schools around the world that prepare students for ministry, YTI is changing the way this education is pursued. We’re saying no to methods that no longer work. The church has a bright future, and we’re educating leaders for the church of tomorrow to prepare to lead the way in a world that is dynamic and changing. If you are a student of the Bible, theology or ministry, continue your education with us. Your bachelor’s degree gave you a foundation; your master’s degree at YTI will give you the methods to lead a thriving church and a community that’s ready for you.

Jay Smith


Committed to Our Community

As a nondenominational school, YTI brings a variety of beliefs, areas of study and expertise to the Gallatin Valley. Our new facility will be a blend of culture, spiritual education and recreation and will be the centerpiece of a campus that the whole community can enjoy.

Some of the features will be:

  • Trails & Ponds
  • Sports Complex
  • Retreat Center
  • Amphitheater
  • Auditorium

Phase One

Education Center

At the heart of who we are, YTI is a school. The Education Center is the first phase in campus development and will include a 500-seat facility for lectures, worship services and musical performances, daily-use classrooms and offices, a café, bookstore and library. Additional components within phase one include landscaping the 80-acre grounds with ponds, trails and athletic facilities.

Phase Two

Retreat Center

Created to allow YTI to host diverse groups for workshops, business and recreational retreats, the on-campus Retreat Center will include meeting rooms, a community lobby and a dining room with the ability to seat 100. Included in the design are overnight suites with private bathrooms, kitchenettes and living areas.

Phase Three

Worship Arts Center

YTI’s Worship Arts Center will include a 1,000-seat auditorium, making it an ideal space for church services, ballet, symphony, opera and plays. Additional facilities include offices, classrooms, rehearsal space and a service kitchen. This phase also includes final development of the YTI grounds.

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