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CHARGE THE
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Who We Are

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PASTOR TODD + MICAH NICHOLSON 

Todd and Micah share the same vision and heart for the city of Helena: inviting all to the table and being a church that is about loving others and leading them to Jesus. They love challenging people to step out of the box of their own comfort and step into their calling. Todd and Micah met in college, in the University Chorale, and they have been singing together ever since. They were married in 2004 – Micah, a Music Teacher, and Todd with his sights on serving in ministry. Todd and Micah love to travel, hike, road bike, and enjoy God’s creation. 

They have found many things they have enjoyed together through their marriage, but their three

favorite things are their kids. God has blessed them with a beautiful family, and they are excited to raise Grace, Isaiah, and Lucy in Helena. 

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE 

After completing his Religion Degree in Intercultural Studies from INDIANA WESLEYAN, Todd and Micah have served at 3 different churches before planting Buffalo Church. While serving at EMMANUEL CHURCH in Maryland, Todd was Ordained in the Wesleyan Denomination and has served as a Student Pastor for 11 years at Emmanuel Church and SKYLINE CHURCH and then a Spiritual Formation Pastor and Campus Pastor for 6 years at 12STONE CHURCH

 

In 2021, Todd and Micah believe God was calling them to go “all-in” for Helena, Montana to plant a brand-new church called, BUFFALO CHURCH.

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Our Vision

Buffalo Church is on a mission to LOVE people where they are. Our heart is to help LEAD people into a full life that Jesus promises and LAUNCH them into their God-Given purpose. 

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Each of us knows someone who is far from God, Jesus asks us to LOVE them where they are. (Matthew 22:39) 

Jesus also commissioned us to “make disciples,” so we LEAD people to trust Jesus with more. (Matthew 28:19) 

We believe that Jesus has a calling for each one of His children to live on mission wherever they go, LAUNCHING them into their God-given Purpose. (Psalm 139:13-16) 

Our Values

Our values at Buffalo Church hold us accountable to the mission of the church. 

Each of these values define the culture that makes up our Buffalo family. 
 

WE PRAY FIRST 

Prayer is the way we stay on God’s Agenda and how He reveals His will for our church 

and our lives. So, we pray first. 
 

JESUS AT THE CENTER 

We are passionate about the Presence of God and developing dependency on Him, 

so that we may live a life that looks more like Jesus. Because we love Him, we trust His Word and believe what He said.
 

SPEAK LIFE 

It is our desire to help our neighbors, friends and coworkers to feel the love of Jesus before they ever step foot inside our church. We call out the good in others, encourage them prayerfully and extend a helping hand. 
 

HAVE FUN 

We take God seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We believe that laughter brings hope and healing. Following Jesus is anything but boring, so our church shouldn’t be either. 
 

TEACH A MAN TO FISH 

We believe God uses us to raise up the next generation of leaders. We are called to lead, not sit on the sidelines. It is our responsibility to steward the next generation of leaders both in the church and in the community. 
 

THE MISSION TRUMPS 

Whatever is mission critical for Kingdom advancement takes precedent over our emotions, desires and preferences for the sake of the vision. 

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Why Helena?

We love this city. We believe in what it stands for - community, family and freedom. We want to see others unlock their God-given freedom through Jesus. The community of Helena is generally made up of people who love the “great outdoors”, but OUR HEART IS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO LOVE CREATION TO REMEMBER THE CREATOR. 

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STATE CAPITOL: Helena is the capitol city of Montana. It is populated with over 82,000 people (metro). 

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POPULATION: Montana

witnessed the third fastest rate of growth in the nation in 2021. Metro Helena increased by 7% this past year and continues to rise. 

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81% don’t confess to have a relationship with Jesus (at least 67,000 people) 

1 IN EVERY 10 high school students reported an attempted suicide in the past year. The next generation has a God-given purpose, so we want to see that statistic drop! 

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Why Buffalo?

We wanted to choose a name that was both significant to the area of Montana and held great meaning for the people of our church. 
 

Buffalos are not only known for their strength and steadfast stance, but they also run through storms. 

When a storm begins to develop near a herd of buffalos, instead of running away from the storm, the buffalos will turn toward the storm, face it head on, and run through it. 
 

This is who Buffalo Church will be. A community of people who will link arms and run through the storms of life together. No matter what comes, we will be a force for Jesus! 
 

Like the father to his son in Luke 15:20, “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” 

Our heart’s desire is to run TO YOU and WITH YOU, because we are FOR YOU! 

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Our Plan:

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1. PRAYER MEETINGS 

These weekly prayer meetings are to keep us dependent on God. Wherever you are, no matter what part of town, state, or country you are in, we would ask that you would pray. This prayer meeting is not just about Buffalo church, this is about His Church being AWAKENED to the Presence of God. Every Wednesday, on your lunch break, please stop and pray for the ministry of Buffalo Church and Churches/Pastors across our nation. 
 

If you are local and able, we will meet the First Wednesday of every month in the Capitol Parking Lot at 12 pm (Mountain Time). 

2. LAUNCH PARTIES 

These hour-long parties are designed to help our team meet as many people in the community as possible. We will pray, hear your story, share the vision of Buffalo Church, answer questions, and INVITE people to join our launch team. 

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3. TEAM GATHERINGS
The team gatherings are designed to PREPARE the launch team practically, spiritually, and culturally for the launch of our weekend services. We will focus on building the chemistry, capability, and the culture of our launch team family. 

4. SERVING OUR COMMUNITY 

We are committed to DOING GOOD in our city of Helena. We will be partnering with local ministries to meet the felt needs of our city, because we value loving our neighbors. 

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THE LAUNCH
OF OUR WEEKLY,
SUNDAY SERVICES!
JANUARY 29, 2023

Our Partners

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12STONE CHURCH is a large, multi-site church in Atlanta. Nationally known for their investment in church leadership, 12Stone is leading a cohort of young, innovative church plants bridging denominational differences for the cause of Christ. 

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Our church is proud to partner with the WESLEYAN DENOMINATION, and specifically the NORTHWEST DISTRICT! The Wesleyan church is a movement with a rich tradition and inspiring history in America. Specifically, the Northwest District is composed of over 75 churches from Alaska to Utah. The district places a high value on team spirit that embraces us all – no matter the size or location of the church. Every church matters! 

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THE ASSOCIATION OF RELATED CHURCHES (ARC) is an association of related churches working with church planters and church leaders to provide support, guidance, and resources to launch and grow 

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SKYLINE CHURCH is a multi-site, evangelical megachurch with its main campus in East County San Diego. Skyline’s purpose is to help people find and follow Jesus seven days a week! Skyline believes in the relentless dedication to teaching the truth and relevance of scripture, passionately pursuing the lost, and producing champions for Christ. 

Finances

We want you to know, you’re not giving to Buffalo Church, you’re giving through Buffalo Church to expand the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven. We desire to operate from a place of strength, stability, and integrity from day one. By offsetting our launch expenses, we will have the chance to teach our people the joy of giving without creating unhealthy pressure. Anything given over and above the launch budget will go directly to the operating budget. 

The Goal: $250,000 

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Finances

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We want you to know, you’re not giving to Buffalo Church, you’re giving through Buffalo Church to expand the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven. We desire to operate from a place of strength, stability, and integrity from day one. By offsetting our launch expenses, we will have the chance to teach our people the joy of giving without creating unhealthy pressure. Anything given over and above the launch budget will go directly to the operating budget. 

The Goal: $250,000 

GET INVOLVED.
Leading up to the launch, here are three simple ways you can give through Buffalo Church: 

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JOIN US
We are contributors not consumers! So, we would be honored for you to join our launch team! Come hear the vision at a launch party! 

 

PRAY FOR US
WE PRAY FIRST! 
We believe in the power of prayer. We don't take this for granted, and it's greatly appreciated. 

 

GIVE THROUGH US
We are so grateful for your generosity! You can give online at BUFFALO.CHURCH/GIVE or mail your donation to: 

Buffalo Church 

PO Box 176 

Helena, MT 59624 

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