Engaging the Marginalized

Engaging the Marginalized

Ministry Partner Encouragement: By Nate Poetzl We love partnering with the church. The relationships we’ve built with local bodies have been integral to the work that we do in the South Side community. In November, Faith Chapel Pastor, Nate Poetzl, spoke about the...

Changing My Longings

Changing My Longings

Internship Update: From Alex Streeter Change has become a recurring theme in my life over the last six months. There have been apparent changes, such as my occupation and living situation, as well as deeper inner changes regarding my worldview and life goals. One day,...

Expanding CLDI’s Reach

Expanding CLDI’s Reach

New Executive Director Kaleb Perdew shares his history with the ministry and vision for the future. In 2017, CLDI’s Executive Director Eric Basye crossed paths with Kaleb Perdew, a Billings native and recent graduate from the University of Montana. Kaleb had a heart...

Rail//line Coffee:  Watching Community Grow

Rail//line Coffee: Watching Community Grow

As a part of CLDI’s mission, Rail//Line’s primary goals are to develop young adults and to be a place where community can come and gather in encouragement and neighborly love. Our hope is that it functions as a space where people connect to their greater community —...

Designed for Relationship

Designed for Relationship

I hope and pray this summer finds you well! I cherish the long days, barbecues, yard games, hiking, and evening bike rides! While the sun and warmer weather do my body well, what satisfies my soul most are the meaningful relationships and memories formed during these...

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

A Series on the Eight Principles of Christian Community Development By Eric Basye In the fall of 2020, I began working on my Doctor of Leadership through George Fox University. I toyed with the idea for years, having completed one year of doctoral work through Fuller...

The Power of Mentorship

The Power of Mentorship

Reality for a Child on the South Side of Billings Last week I was reunited with my mom after being in foster care for a year. While I was with my foster family I did really great in school and didn’t worry about being hungry which was nice but they weren’t my family....

RELOCATED:  Making a Home South Side of the Tracks

RELOCATED: Making a Home South Side of the Tracks

About a year ago, my husband and I bought a home on the South Side of Billings. We know—it’s that neighborhood. The South Side’s reputation precedes it—drugs, criminal activity, and certainly not the best bet if you’re looking for a return on your investment of...

Gospel Intentionality

Gospel Intentionality

For those of us in Christian circles, when you think of the word ministry, what comes to mind?  If you had to describe what ministry was, or who was responsible for such activity, what would you say?  According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, ministry is defined as...