Yellowstone Theological Institute's Big Sky Immersion is a five-day exploration of the great outdoors in the Bozeman / Yellowstone area while engaging the topic of "Re-Imagining Christianity in the 21st Century." Top notch instructors, fly fishing, hiking, the wonders of God's creation, transformative conversation, the best of Montana lodging, and great food are all on tap for this five day experience.

The cost for all of this is only $700 (air fare not included). Registration is by email (see above). Payment is due 30 days prior to each course. Mail checks to: "Yellowstone Theological Institute", P.O. Box 1347, Bozeman, MT 59771.

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Your guides for this adventure are:

  • Dr. Bill Leonard is James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History at Wake Forest University and consultant for Yellowstone Theological Institute. Dr. Leonard is one of America's foremost church historians, as well as a leading interpreter of the dynamics of the contemporary and future religious scene in America. Dr. Leonard will be joining us for our July 29-August 2 Immersion week. (more information about Dr. Leonard)
  • Dr. Bruce Gourley is Executive Director of the Baptist History & Heritage Society, Interim President of  Yellowstone Theological Institute, and online editor of Baptists Today. He has published six books, and in addition to his work in Baptist life, Bruce has been hiking and photographing Yellowstone National Park and the mountains of Montana since 1987. He is also creator and owner of the popular website, Yellowstone.Net. (more information about Dr. Gourley)
  • Dr. John Franke is a leading theologian and popular author and speaker within the Christian Emergent movement, as well as Academic Dean, Yellowstone Theological Institute, and General Coordinator of the Gospel and our Culture Network. (more information about John Franke)
  • Dr. A J Culp is Old Testament professor at Yellowstone Theological Institute and an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman. He is on the committee of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar and has published in both the academic and popular (fly fishing journals, bowhunting journals, etc.) world. (more information about Dr. Culp)

Your week's itinerary consists of:

  • Day One -- fly into Bozeman, gaze at the Rockies, take a tour of the town, fly fish a bit, and enjoy a great meal and initial conversation; spend the night in a four-star bunkhouse on one of Montana's premier ranches
  • Day Two -- see the wonders of Yellowstone, the world's first and greatest national park, including grizzlies*, elk, bison, geysers, mountains, lakes, streams, and hiking trails; enjoy great food, stimulating conversation and a night spent in park lodging (*Bruce will try to secure, but cannot guarantee, a grizzly sighting)
  • Day Three -- more Yellowstone adventures, great food and stimulating conversation; return to the ranch bunk house in Bozeman for the night
  • Day Four -- take your pick: fly fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, Museum of the Rockies, etc.; and more great food and stimulating conversation; another night in the bunk house
  • Day Five -- pack up and fly out (assuming you want to go back home)

Bring to Montana with you:

  • Hiking clothes and shoes
  • A hat
  • Your fly-fishing rod (we'll supply one if you don't have one)
  • Camera
  • Long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt (it can get a bit cool at night in the Rockies)
  • An inquisitive mind
  • An appetite for good food

Do not bring with you:

  • Suit, tie or dress shoes
  • Any tendencies to be in a hurry
  • Food for the grizzlies

Ready to register? Contact Bruce to put your name on the list.