Our Mission Statement
The very intentional future image of "building a servant community" suggests we will never reach our destination, much like a spiritual quest. So "building a servant community" not only has a spiritual component, but it also suggests that we are physically constructing a sacred place for community to gather.
When we say we are "seeking to be Christ's hands and heart" we are saying we want to be the physical incarnation of God's love, justice, and mercy. We want people to recognize God as being present in the same sort of actions that Jesus lived out, so that those who don't know Jesus won't live under the long-disturbing assumption that God is a relic or a concept out in space. We want people to recognize Christ in the actions of compassionate touch, of breaking bread and pouring wine, and in challenging destructive systems. We want people to recognize, as Jesus said, that the kingdom is within us, within our hands and hearts.
Currently we are without a called pastor. We continue to have worship and other pastoral services provided by a pool of local pastors. For information on Sunday services or any other needs please contact our church office at 406-656-9256 or email our church secretary.
Formal public worship services began in January
of 1968 at the New Western Manor Nursing Home, and continued there for
the next seven years until the initial church building was constructed
on 24th Street West. The initial members included a number of families
from First Presbyterian Church along with new individuals identified during
the canvas of the neighborhood. There was an intentional delay in constructing
a church building until a strong congregational fellowship had developed.
Special commissions were established to direct and coordinate the congregation toward three primary areas of focus: Education, Ministry and Congregational Life. A 50/50 goal was set under which and equal amount of resources and efforts focused towards the support of the congregation would also be directed outside of the fellowship. This focus on service to others remains a defining element of St. Andrew.
A church building site on 24th Street West, consisting of 4.5 acres, had been purchased by the Presbytery of the Yellowstone in 1960. This property became the future home of St. Andrew. The initial construction plan was to build several commercial style office buildings in a park-like campus arranged around a pedestrian square. Church and community buildings were to be incorporated into the campus plan to be known as St. Andrew Square. The first office unit was built in 1974 and included church office space and a fellowship hall for the congregation, in addition to office space to be rented for commercial enterprises that would generate funds to support the total mission. Rising construction costs, high financing costs and a commercial office space building boom in the 1970s undercut the plan to develop multiple commercial office buildings.
The congregation expanded its use of the original
office building in the early 1980s and began a capital campaign drive
to address future facility needs of the growing congregation. By 1985
the financing had been secured to begin construction of a sanctuary that
was connected to the original office building by a large garden room.
The new facility was dedicated in 1986.
Rev. Paul Krebill, our pastor for the first 25 years, retired in 1992. Rev. Bob Palmer served as interim pastor for one year until the call of Rev. Doug Nettleton in 1994. Rev Nettleton was called to another church in 2001 and Rev. John Pugh served as interim pastor until our present pastor, Rev. Brent Long, was called in 2003.
St. Andrew was established and grew with the westward
growth of the city of Billings 40 years ago. The younger families who
settled in the new surrounding housing subdivisions matured and aged,
as did the members of the congregation. A generational change is occurring
in the surrounding subdivisions, and, so to, the congregation of St. Andrew
is moving towards a generational change. Though changing times and circumstances
have called for adjustments in focus, the congregation of St. Andrew remains
defined as "A People, Not a Place." Service to others remains
our central, defining mission: Building A Servant Community Seeking
to be Christ's Hands and Heart.
From Grand Avenue, turn south on 24th Street;
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