Pastor’s Corner

 
Each week Pastor Tyler and others in the church will provide a reflection on our church life or an act of discipleship.

October 1, 2017 – Pastor’s Corner

 

Our time of ministry together is finally here.  In prayer, I keep getting the impression that God has been as anxious for this time, as we all have.  Well Shiloh, it is here, and we each get to take part in the growing work of Shiloh in Billings. God’s anxiousness is probably a hope that we love God, love one another, and love others in our growing discipleship.

As I was writing this letter, I came across an article in the Christian Century.  It was about a rural church at the end of a weather-beaten road who was searching for a new pastor.  The search committee was overwhelmed by the stack of resumes (they were Presbyterian) and decided the leader might be better to write a letter to their prospective pastor with their hopes and dreams.  They were sure the pile of candidates loved Jesus and “wasn’t too much of a lune about the creeds.”  They didn’t want just another pastor with their own agendas and programs, but wanted to be transformed.  In the letter, the committee leader penned this line:

“I’m trying to be as straight as I know how: Will you love us? And will you teach us to love one another? Will you give us God—and all the mystery and possibility that entails? Will you preach with hope and wonder in your heart?”[1]

My heart keeps resounding, “Yes!”  And each day in my morning prayer I hold up the people of Shiloh, as a faithful people of God who I am enthusiastic to partner with. 

Where will our ministry take us?  God is the only one with the complete picture, and my sense and hope is that we all have been called for a time such as this. 

I look forward to this partnership and to walking this Christian journey alongside you.  I will continue to pray daily for each of us, that God may give us vision for the journey ahead.

Enthusiastic Peace,

Pastor Tyler

[1]https://www.christiancentury.org/article/features/do-you-actually-want-be-our-pastor 


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September 2017 -Pastor’s Corner

To the people called Methodists at Shiloh,

 

Our time of ministry together is drawing close and I am excited for us to start our journey.  I will officially start as your pastor on October 1, 2017.  However, you should know that I have been working closely with Pastor Dave Merkel throughout the summer.  We have been praying weekly, handing off projects, developing a new website for Shiloh that includes an App for your smartphone, and hoping for Shiloh a future of continuing to share the story of Christ.

 

In September, I will be offering a sermon for our September 10th Kick Off Sunday.  I will then attend a worship training in Billings on September 11, 12, 13 with some of our congregation(more of you are welcome to join us).   The third week of September I will be taking a week vacation with my family by doing fun actives to get to know Billings, and the final week of September I will be taking a spiritual retreat to Flathead Lake at the week-long Academy for Spiritual Formation.  (Anyone can still sign up for the academy at facebook.com/yac5day.)

  

My hope for this month of September is to get to know the Billings community, relax from a long summer of transition, and center myself in God’s Holy Spirit before I begin my official ministry with each and every one of you and the Billings community. 

 

In August, I attended the Administrative Council meeting at Shiloh and heard about the amazing work you are all doing. Ryan Sullivan who chairs the Community Garden shared that the garden was producing plenty of green beans and how each week he was taking a box of vegetables to a food bank.  It is an honor to pastor a church that is so engaged in the Billings community and where your ministry in Christ’s love is reflected even in your administrative work.  We spent the rest of the meeting humorously offering green beans for everything that needed a solution.  While it didn’t work for every situation, I am struck by how God’s abundance brought us laughter. 

 

As I am in prayer this next month with Shiloh I will have constantly in my mind this image of an overabundance of green beans.  We receive an overabundance of love from God in our faith life, that we are called to share.  Part of learning to be disciples is learning to prayerfully find ways to share that love.  During this month of prayer, I would ask you to pray over the questions, “What is your prayer for the community of Billings?” 

 

I invite you especially to take a walk in your neighborhood with this question in mind.  Let me know what God draws to your attention in these prayerful walks.  Do you see a neighbor in need?  Do you have an idea of where Shiloh might be able to accomplish an act of God’s love in the community?  Please send me your responses at

PastorTyler@ShilohBillings.Church.

 

In prayer,

 

Pastor Tyler

 

Joel 2:28 (CEB) – After that I will pour out my spirit upon everyone;
        your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
        your old men will dream dreams,

        and your young men will see visions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 Lead Pastor – Tyler Amundson

 
My two primary responsibilities as a pastor are coaching leaders and creating community to help each of us see God in our everyday lives.  Shiloh is working with me to increase the interactions of people from different opinions and backgrounds.  We actively pray and work alongside God to create a diverse community to live out the love taught to us by Jesus in our daily practice. I hope you will join us as we work towards this vision of a beloved community working to spread God’s love to our community.
 
My personal passion for ministry is to all ages through preaching, teaching and organizing ways for people to find their connection with our community and God.  I find fulfillment in my work when I hear someone say, “I found God today.”  I encourage people to search for God on a mountaintop, in church, helping someone out, sharing in a small group, or in their own prayer life.  

 

When I am not at work I enjoy playing with my family by growing our garden, going for bike rides or enjoying a great day in Montana.  My own personal interests involve exercise, parenting, biking, and being a computer nerd.