Photo by Bruce Gourley

Photo by Bruce Gourley

Nurturing Faith Experience: Israel, set for November, has reached capacity. To be put on a waiting list, please contact Baptists Today at (478) 301-5655 or

However, for those looking for reflection, renewal and the exploration of fresh places and ideas, join us for NURTURING FAITH EXPERIENCE: MONTANA.   

This “experimental experience” in Big Sky Country, Aug. 18-23, will be a unique retreat opportunity.While addressing current issues, the group also will shape a model for future events in Montana.

Sponsors (to date) include Baptists Today, Baptist History and Heritage Society, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina and The Pittman Center of Gardner-Webb University. Other sponsor-participants will be warmly welcomed.

Programming will make use of the many talents within the group as well as leaders in Montana. Bruce Gourley, who lives in Bozeman and is owner of the popular web site, will be the well-informed guide.

Here’s what the schedule looks like:

Chromatic Pool: Photo by Bruce Gourley

Chromatic Pool: Photo by Bruce Gourley

Monday, August 18

Arrive at the Bozeman, MT airport by 4 pm (earlier if possible). If someone’s flight is delayed, transportation will still be provided.

Western dinner and lodging in Bozeman / Get-acquainted time and overview of plans

Tuesday, August 19

Early breakfast in Bozeman and drive to Yellowstone National Park

Personalized tour by Bruce Gourley

Lodging in the park

Wednesday, August 20

Breakfast buffet at Old Faithful Inn

Second day of touring Yellowstone

Check in and dinner at Parade Rest Guest Ranch

Evening session

Thursday, August 21

All meals, meetings and activities at the ranch with a possible side trip

Friday, August 22

All meals, meetings and activities at the ranch with a possible side trip

Saturday, August 23

Breakfast and depart ranch for Bozeman

(Please make departing flights for noon or later.)


Cost is $1,200 (based on double occupancy) and includes:

Ground transportation from time of airport arrival in Bozeman (Aug. 18) until airport departure from Bozeman (Aug. 23)

Lodging and meals from Monday dinner through Saturday breakfast

Two-day private tour in Yellowstone National Park

The wonderful activities at Parade Rest Guest Ranch near West Yellowstone

Additional information:

Housing at the ranch and Yellowstone Park varies. These are cabins and lodges, not the Ritz. For anyone insisting on a private room throughout the week, please add $250.

Each person is responsible for his or her own travel to and from Bozeman. Reservations should be made as soon as possible.

Much time will be spent in the great outdoors with a variety of optional activities.

To secure a spot, please send a $400 deposit to Baptists Today, P.O. Box 6318, Macon, GA 31208-6318 marked as “NF Montana.” The balance ($800) will be due June 15.

Questions?  Email