Montana Bible College Explore Your Uncharted Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:58:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Montana Bible College 32 32 Special Statement – June 16th, 2020 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 18:50:12 +0000 The post Special Statement – June 16th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


In the course of the outworking of God’s purposes on earth, He has often graciously brought individuals and organizations together in ways that serve the greater interests of His Kingdom.  Such is the case with Montana Bible College (MBC) and Grace Bible Church of Bozeman (GBC).  It was through the vision and dedication of godly men both in and outside of GBC, to initiate in 1987 the beginnings of an educational ministry to train young men and women for a lifetime of dynamic Christian living and service. This joint effort proved to be vital in those early days and subsequent decades in establishing the college on a good foundation. GBC has been a dependable and gracious benefactor to MBC by offering space for classes, chapels, meals, and special events as well as being a financial contributor. Our gratitude for their generosity cannot not be overstated.  In turn, the leadership of the college afforded teaching opportunities for a significantly large number of staff and elders from GBC– a privilege which recognized the unique nature of this non-formal partnership.  We also funneled students into GBC’s college-age and general church ministries.  We look back and see much fruit from these years of working together.

Though many years of this relationship were remarkably harmonious, over the course of the last several years, there have been seasons of difficulty that have caused pain and struggle for all those involved.  Strongly held differing perspectives related to educational philosophy, finer points of theology, and certain personnel decisions have strained the relationship.  Many efforts have been made to bridge these gaps in an effort toward unity and reconciliation, but with limited success. 

In May of 2019, the MBC board of directors made a decision to pursue facility independence, in order to better establish a clear identity for the Bible College as the independent institution that it has always been.  It was also hoped that this would provide operational space for both ministries to function with their own unique distinctives without causing the other ministry to feel the need to explain the choices of its counterpart.  In the long run, we believe that this can provide an even better relationship.  This process was set in motion over the course of the last academic year by preparing space in one of MBC’s own buildings to house the administrative and academic offices of the college.  Providentially, Grace was desiring additional space in their facility to house their growing biblical counseling ministry and this freed up the needed room.  During the 2019 – 2020 academic year, Grace continued to generously provide facilities for offices, classrooms, chapel, and lunches to MBC at no cost.  Arrangements to lease space for some of these activities during the coming academic year was under discussion.

In May of 2020, the board formulated guidelines for the administration related to understanding the eschatology portion of the doctrinal statement of the college.  The wording of this section has a degree of vagueness to it that allows it to be read in more than one way, which has led to confusion and contention.  The board determined to allow limited latitude in the understanding of its premillennial position, provided such positions maintain distinction between the church and Israel, expect the physical return of Jesus to either rapture then reign or rapture and reign, and teach a physical reign of Jesus on Earth.  The board believes this is the position that best serves the needs of an independent Bible College that serves the larger evangelical community.  It upholds the “literalness” of the Bible’s teaching on the return of Christ, while also recognizing that not all matters of eschatology are as clear as we would like prior to such events unfolding in real time.  While making this adjustment, we remain firmly grounded in conservative biblical doctrine which the church historically has deemed essential. 

There was no direct intention in this change to put distance between Grace Bible Church and MBC, but that was the result. The areas of difference have created enough discomfort for Grace Bible Church for them to see a need to move ahead with the finalization of facility separation at this time, and the leadership of the college concurs with this.  Some of the adjunct and full-time faculty who are also a part of GBC have also chosen to resign.  These separations are difficult, and we are grateful for the service of so many from Grace who have given of their time and gifts. 

There are other areas of MBC doctrine that some claim have also changed recently.  We do not agree with these assertions, but agree to disagree and move forward in a common desire to see disciples made for service in the church and reaching out to a lost world.  If you would like further detail, please request a copy of the document entitled MBC Doctrine in Historical Perspective.  This overview will be extremely helpful in answering any specific questions directly.  The administration is also available to answer any other questions that you may have about MBC and our future direction. 

While these events have been difficult, they have caused us to rely upon the Lord even more and to recognize the truth that ministry relationships can and do change to accommodate God’s specific plans.  This is nowhere more evident than in Acts 15 where a strong disagreement between the apostle Paul and Barnabus was used by God to produce greater gospel fruit in two different spheres.  We believe this will be the case for Montana Bible College and Grace Bible Church.

Being hopeful about our future, we are earnestly praying that God would use this change for His greater glory and the good of both respective ministries. We urge you to join us in prayer to this end. 

Warmly in His Love,


Ryan Ward, President

Glen Schaumloeffel, Vice President of College Relations

William Grinder, Chairman of the Board

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COVID-19: Graduation Update, April 28th, 2020 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 21:21:47 +0000 The post COVID-19: Graduation Update, April 28th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


Hello MBC Community!

Great news!  Our 2020 Graduation plans are approved!  I’m excited to share the details with you.


  • Our plans meet or exceed all of Governor Steve Bullock’s guidelines for Phase 1 of Montana’s reopening plan.
  • We have spoken with the Gallatin County Health Department and also received their “green light” on our plans.
Time and Place:
  • Friday, May 8, 1:00 PM (Eat lunch before you come)
  • South parking lot – Grace Bible Church
Details and Proactive Measures given COVID-19
  • The ceremony will be live-streamed!   This accommodates people who cannot attend due to out-of-state travel restrictions (Montana is still directing a 2-week quarantine for out-of-state travelers), personal health concerns, or necessary group size limitations.
  • Attendees:  Immediate family/friends of graduates are invited to attend, but limited to a maximum of 10 guests per graduate.  MBC Faculty, Staff, and Board are invited to attend, limited to themselves and their immediate family members.  Current MBC students, along with their spouses and children, are invited to attend.  Please RSVP here so MBC can properly prepare the seating/parking arrangements.
  • Festive Decorations:  MBC school color balloons will be distributed.  Graduates are encouraged to decorate their cars.  Remember 2020 – the year of the pandemic! 
  • Good Weather Plan:  Guests and participants will be seated outdoors with appropriate social distancing between individuals or household “pods”.  A “bring your own lawn chair” practice will be encouraged – see RSVP form.  Graduates and faculty will be in full regalia.  A sound system will be set up.
  • Bad Weather Plan:   A canopy will keep rain off the speakers and sound equipment.  Guests and participants may choose to “brave the elements” under umbrellas or wearing rain gear or snow gear.  Or they may retreat to their vehicles.  Graduates and faculty will take indoor pictures in regalia and then leave regalia there so it is not damaged.
  • Ceremony:  The ceremony will be quite traditional and formal, including commencement speakers and the presentation of degrees.  Graduates will be called up individually and diplomas (having been freshly disinfected) will be handed to them by a single MBC official.  There will be no traditional handshakes or hugs, but pantomime is acceptable.
  • Photography:  Individual graduate photos will be taken earlier in the day as part of the graduation rehearsal.  Group photos of epic proportions with all the appropriate distancing will be taken.  Sorry, but we can’t allow “hug a friend” photos outside of individual households.  MBC photographers will post pictures for downloading by family and friends.
  • MBC desires for this to be a POSITIVE event in our community – something the community can be proud of – a creatively held event meeting and exceeding all health regulations – something that can even be a model of good citizenship for others. 
Excited to share the most memorable MBC graduation ever with you, whether live or live-streamed!
Ryan Ward

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COVID-19: April 28th, 2020 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 21:09:47 +0000 The post COVID-19: April 28th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


Dear MBC Students:

With the recent expiration of the “shelter at home” order and Montana’s progression into the first phase reopening plan under the direction of the Governor, the MBC administration has decided to adjust some of the policies implemented weeks ago to protect our student body during the outbreak of COVID-19.

1. We are lifting our restrictions on outside guests visiting students inside the dormitories with the following exceptions:

a) such visitors must be been free of any of the presenting symptoms of the virus (dry cough, fever, breathing difficulties, fatigue, body aches, runny nose, loss of taste, or smell).
b) such visitors must not have been in direct contact with anyone who has been positively diagnosed with the virus in the last 30 days.
c) such visitors must not be under the 14-day out-of-state mandatory quarantine (this applies to travelers who have recently entered the state from another state).
d) the number of visitors permitted is limited to the total that can properly social distance (6 feet apart) in the largest meeting area. In no instance, should the group size ever exceed 10.
e) proper sanitizing of frequently touched hard surfaces before and after guest visits is strongly encouraged.
f) the restriction on overnight guests remains in place (no overnight visitors to MBC).

2. We are easing our restrictions on library use:

a) starting tomorrow, the doors to the library will be unlocked. No appointments will be necessary any longer.
b) proper social distancing will still be required (6 feet apart).
c) no visits if you are ill or have been ill within the last 14 days.
d) there will be no access to conference rooms that are currently being used for online instruction.
e) the hours of operation will be as follows for this week (April 28-May 1)
Tuesday: 9am – 1pm & 5pm – 7pm
Wednesday: 9am – 3pm & 5pm – 7pm
Thursday: 9am – 4 pm & 5pm – 6pm
Friday: 9am – 4 pm
A new schedule will be posted for next week.

3. We are re-opening our office center to student visits with the following restrictions:

a) no congregating in any area.
b) no visits if you are ill or have been ill within the last 14 days.
c) visits with instructors or administrative staff should be scheduled in advance and may be restricted based upon health risk factors.
d) no outside guests may accompany you to the offices. Only MBC students and their spouses at this time.
e) some of the exterior doors of Grace Bible Church may still be locked and inaccessible. This may require you to come around to the East Entrance and alert us that you would like to come inside.

Thank you for the incredible amount of patience you have shown in voluntarily submitting to the protocols of the past few weeks. We know it has not been easy and your broad cooperation has been another evidence of the quality of our students we have been blessed with. It is our hope to conclude this most unusual semester celebrating God’s protection and provision during this difficult period in our nation’s history.

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COVID-19: April 13th, 2020 Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:57:05 +0000 The post COVID-19: April 13th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


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COVID-19: March 27th, 2020 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:01:01 +0000 The post COVID-19: March 27th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.

The MBC Crisis Response Team met again this morning to review the Governor’s “Stay at Home Order.”  Of most pertinence to MBC is the specific exemption language for educational institutions:  “Educational institutions – including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges, and universities – for purposes of facilitating remote learning, performing critical research, or performing other essential functions consistent with prior Directives on school closures and the continued provision of certain services, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.”
At its basic level, this means that MBC will proceed with online education as announced earlier this week.  We’re thankful to have made that decision preemptively!
There are a few important implications of the Stay at Home Order for MBC.
In keeping with this order, MBC will proceed on the following basis:
    • Our staff and faculty will work from home as possible; on-site as necessary.
    • Staff members will have more or less necessary on-site function as their duties require.
    • Faculty members can still teach from the library conference rooms as set up earlier this week.  This new directive does not change our class plan.
    • The MBC office will be closed to all non-employees.  Student mailbox items may be delivered to students at the door.
    • The library will support essential faculty and student teaching and learning, but the library will remain closed to the public and will implement practices in keeping with the directive.
    • Students whio live in MBC housing or elsewhere in Montana, as citizens, are to follow the “stay at home” order.  If you are unsure how that affects you and if your employment is exempted, read the directive linked above.

Thanks for upholding one another in prayer and through encouragement!  Keep it up, brothers and sisters!  Don’t let one another become discouraged, but strengthen one another in the Lord.

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COVID-19: March 26th, 2020 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 01:38:42 +0000 The post COVID-19: March 26th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.

Hello Montana Bible College Community,
Perhaps many of you have already heard the news that Montana’s Governor announced this afternoon that our state will be going into a shelter-in-place mode starting Saturday morning.
I’m sure all of you have questions about how this affects you.  As citizens, it affects you just like everyone else – Montana Bible College does not need to instruct you on how to act as citizens.  These decisions are in the hands of our government.
Montana Bible College’s Crisis Response Team was meeting earlier today, and we were already discussing implications of such a potential order. We will be watching for the Montana Office of Public Instruction to issue its guidelines for educators.  Our Crisis Response Team will be meeting tomorrow morning, and we will release further information to you on any impacts to MBC.
We have already been gearing up for fully online instruction this week. So courses should continue.
We will be implementing new and creative ways to help all of you connect as the Montana Bible College community.  
For now, I would request that each of you pray for our leadership and for one another as we continue to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape.
We continue on with a sure hope in our God and with a mission to accomplish as we spread his good news in a world of desperate need. Encourage one another, dear brothers and sisters.  I believe God will use us in powerful ways!
With love in Jesus,

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COVID-19: March 24th, 2020 Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:36:33 +0000 The post COVID-19: March 24th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


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COVID-19: March 23rd, 2020 Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:35:11 +0000 The post COVID-19: March 23rd, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


To MBC Students:

Today, our crisis response team in coordination with our administration, met to discuss how we can best serve our students in this time of national disruption because of the coronavirus. Certainly, the events of the last couple of weeks have been unusual and unprecedented. We have been actively monitoring both public policy and private operational decisions of other similar institutions.

After carefully weighing the many variables as well as soliciting input from our staff and faculty, we have decided that we will finish the spring 2020 semester in a fully online mode. While certainly not our first preference (we had hoped to resume face-to-face classes), we believe this option is the best for the following reasons: 1) It avoids continual confusion and disruption. Our students and instructors need to be able to plan for completion of the semester without worrying about additional changes due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the unknowns of additional public policy measures. Trying to continue face-to-face classes would have prolonged uncertainty. 2) This decision is proactive, rather than reactive, in safeguarding the health of all who are connected to the College.

We will still resume classes on Monday, March 30, in a live and fully participatory online mode (details below). Your class schedule will remain the same! Classes will be held on the same days and times, and the attendance policy remains unchanged. Despite this change of modality, we are fully committed to delivering the high-quality educational content you expect and MBC is known for. We are also committed to helping you finish the semester successfully. Thank you for your prayers and patience with us during this time. We love you and are upholding you and your families before the Father daily.

Continue reading for a FAQ list which we hope will help answer the many questions that will undoubtedly arise from this decision. If there are other questions you have or other ways we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact one of us. We will be reaching out to each student individually.

Ryan Ward

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COVID-19: March 20th, 2020 Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:02:05 +0000 The post COVID-19: March 20th, 2020 appeared first on Montana Bible College.


Dear Montana Bible College Students,

I would like to simply share my heart with all of you for a few moments with the hope that it will bring encouragement and some perspective.

We are all being affected by the coronavirus in many ways beyond our control. To be open and vulnerable with all of you, my own family has been drastically affected this week in that the buyer for our house got cold feet because of the economic situation. He then found a loophole in the contract and backed out less than 24 hours before closing. Ouch! That costs our family a few thousand dollars immediately, and it could cost us many tens of thousands of dollars as we have to look at selling our house again in a very changed housing market. Perhaps some of you are facing similar challenges with yourselves or family members being laid off or losing jobs or having other significant hardships.  I want to encourage all of us to reach out and support one another even as you have been doing.  Even as I shared our deep disappointment with our staff, they poured out their love in return.  I have spoken with multiple of you who have shared with me how you intend to show a watching world the light of Christ through your actions and witness.  Yes!  This is how God’s people respond in times of crisis!  We do not despair.

The events of recent weeks have proven that our world is incredibly fragile. Whether it be an earthquake caused by shifting tectonic plates or a global pandemic caused by a microscopic virus, our world is easily shaken.  By contrast, our confidence is in God who is the reigning King of an unshakeable kingdom (Heb. 12:28) and in whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (James 1:17).  He is infinite in wisdom and power and even when we are deeply impacted by forces outside of our control, his nearness and love for us remain constant (Ps. 73:28).  Rest in that assurance and stand firm in it!

By way of perspective, let me suggest that we look at the remainder of this semester as one that will undoubtedly be the most memorable college experience any student has had in decades!  Yet it is not a time to retreat, but continue to move forward.  We will not shrink back from our mission.  We will fulfill the purpose for which God has put each one of us here at Montana Bible College.  We are going to learn to love him more deeply, to know him more intimately, and to serve him more passionately. We are being trained as servants of the King!  As a follower of Jesus, one can look at the coronavirus as a huge disruption, or an unprecedented opportunity.  I say we seized that opportunity!  This will be the most unique and exciting end to a semester in our history as a college and possibly for you as a student.  It will be filled with the unexpected so we ask you to be flexible and patient.  It will also cause us to trust the God we serve in greater ways than ever.

So, continue to watch for communications from your leadership. Stay in communication with us as needs, challenges and opportunities arise in your lives and be assured we will stay in communication with you.  We are here to support you in any way we can as a staff.  Also, stay on your game as students who have a purpose yet to fulfill. We are not done.  We are in this together.

For now, classes will be suspended for this upcoming week following spring break as announced earlier this week, with the hope and expectation that we can reconvene regular classes again on March 30th with online options for those who cannot or choose not to attend because of complications with the coronavirus.  We are implementing new methods of content delivery even as I write this letter which may require some modifications to the courses so be attentive to communication from your instructors.  Remember you all remain students and it is our goal to help each of you complete this semester successfully.

May you have a great weekend, even as many of you worship in small group settings as your churches have also adjusted.  Remember, seize the many gospel opportunities and hold securely to the promises of scripture!

With love in Christ,


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COVID-19: March 17, 2020 – Library Update Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:43:00 +0000 The post COVID-19: March 17, 2020 – Library Update appeared first on Montana Bible College.


Dear Staff, Faculty, Students, and Community members of Gail Horton Library,

Due to the recommendation of Montana Bible College, the Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Library staff will extend all community due dates through the end of April, and fines accrued in the last week will be forgiven.

For students the library will maintain the Spring Break hours this week, and will be closed the following week (March 23-26). As assignments are still due next week, the library will open by prearranged appointments. If you need into the library for any reason (printing, checking out books, reserve reading) you will need to make an appointment with Christa, Hattie, or myself. Please note that we do not have unlimited availability for appointments. If possible please keep appointments for library use between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. We will try to accommodate your schedule as best we can. Appointment can be made by calling (406) 586-3585 ex. 25 or by emailing or

If you need to check books out, please email a list of the books you would like to the librarian available for your appointment (use the online catalog link on the library page to browse books). They will be checked out and ready to go when you come for your appointment. If you are out of town for the next week and need resources, the librarians can scan and email limited pages of resources (1 chapter or less). We highly recommend the use of the theological database for any research papers. If you need help finding articles we would be happy to do so.

We will also be limiting the number of students allowed in each room to less than 8. This should not be a big change as it is unusual to have 8 or more students in a room.

Library student service jobs will not be filled until classes resume.

Faculty, if there is anything the library can do to support you in the coming weeks please let us know! We will do our best to make this time as easy for you as we can.

The library will be taking some cautionary measures such as wiping down books as they are returned, and wiping down hard surfaces and handles regularly, and using gloves (as available) to handle books.

Thank you for being understanding in this unique time period!
Larissa Orman

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