Our Story

WE ARE FISHERS OF WOMEN AND MEN. WE TEACH ABOUT THE LIFE OF JESUS. WE DREAM WITH GOD AND WORK TO CREATE A WORLD IN THE IMAGE OF GOD’S LOVE. 

 

Our Vision

The vision statement for Shiloh is, “Peace, Hope, Love, Joy – Every One, Every Day, Every Where.”
 
Shiloh as a place of “Peace” means we create an environment where people can worship God, feel God’s Peace, and be surrounding by the everlasting love we learn in Christ. We invite people to attend worship regularly to engage in the practice of experiencing this peace.
 
Shiloh as a place of “Hope” means we teach and learn together the ways of hope set out by Jesus. The popular word for this in today’s church language is Discipleship. This means that we consistently look to make sure we as a church are growing and empowering leaders to teach the gospel lessons, so people new and old to our community can learn discipleship ways of hope.
 
Shiloh as a place of “Love” means we care for one another as a way of practicing how we will care for the stranger. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is full of lessons of why we should share hospitality, most of those stories end with the people entertaining God. This embodies our ministries that care for people in our church community: visitation ministry, prayer ministry, and also the work of our administrative committees to ensure our facility and programs embody Christ’s love. This love is not a happy-go-lucky love, instead it gives space for people to share their joys and pains, successes and failures, and their full experience of life with one another.
 
Shiloh as a place of “Joy” means we are excited to carry what we gain at Shiloh into our everyday lives. This is embraced by the missions we share formally with the community, but also in the ways we encourage our people to share that same joy with co-workers, neighbors, classmates, friends, and strangers. In the end of it all our “Joy” should be so infectious that people should ask, “Why do you share so much, care so much, and love others so much?” In response we can say, “Because God loves me so much, that I feel called to share this love with every person I meet.”
 

Our Rule of Life

(Practices that Grow Us Closer to God and one another):

We believe a critical mark of being a Methodist is the daily practices we use to demonstrate our love for God and love for our neighbors. We have collaborated with the other United Methodist churches in Billings to create these Rules of Life (our core values) as we grow in and share our faith:
 
We find time to connect with Jesus each day through prayer, Scripture reading, meditation, music, and/or other spiritual exercises.
 
We meet regularly with a small group whose purpose is to help members intentionally grow in faith and accountability.

We are committed to growing and sharing spiritual gifts – both our own and others’.
 
We have meaningful relationships with people outside of the church and work to develop a friendship with someone who is different than us (race, religion, class, etc.)
 
We follow Jesus’ call to servant leadership by serving in a mission/ministry at least one time a month and by sharing the resources with which God has blessed us.
 
We have honest, open, and difficult conversations; we make room for questions, disagreements, and tension, with as much love and grace as possible, so that we might grow with and learn from each other.
 
We cultivate sacred rhythms in our lives by including the practice of Sabbath. We strive to maintain a healthy balance of work, service and rest.
 
 

A History of Shiloh United Methodist Church

 
In 1978, the Billings United Methodist Church Extension Society purchased four acres of land, receiving another acre as a gift, for the present site of the church.  In 1985, Bishop Melvin Wheatley appointed Barry L. Padget to be the first pastor of the new church started in west Billings.  That year, at Annual Conference, a survey of the west end of Billings was conducted to determine the number of families who might be interested in a new United Methodist Church.  About 75 families responded positively and a visiting program was conducted by the new pastor. On September 15, 1985, the first worship service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Home with over one hundred people attending.  On January 19, 1986, the new church was chartered as Shiloh United Methodist Church with 74 members joining that day.  By the end of that year, the church had grown to 97 members.
 
On September 11, 1988, Groundbreaking Services were held at 1810 Shiloh Road and construction proceeded.  The first worship service in the new church building was conducted with about 150 members on May 7, 1989.
 
In March of 1990, another 1.2 acres of land were gifted.  In 1999, the construction of the new Education Wing of the church was completed.  In 2004, an easement from Avenue C to the church property was gifted to the church by long time supporters of Shiloh UMC.
 

 We are connected to a global United Methodist Connection of people and churches.

 
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