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Theology school planned for Bozeman

Published On: Jun 02 2013 10:49:20 AM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

A group called the Yellowstone Theological Institute plans to build a graduate-level theology school in Bozeman.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/14fqLPO) the group has $4.5 million in pledges of land and money to run the institute and will now begin raising money to build a classrooms and a chapel along with a retreat center and performing arts center.
John Franke is the theologian-in-residence at the First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, Pa. He says he's joining the institute as professor of missional theology.
The institute plans on holding five-day classes in late July and September in which attendees will explore southwestern Montana and discuss Christianity in the 21st Century and how to engage younger people.
Baptist pastor Jay Smith says they hope to begin construction next year.