The question has come up and a couple of us with Mountain West experience believe that Baptist Ministry in the Mountain West is different from Back East or Down South Baptist work. The following are some observations. 1. Baptists are a Minority Group and some Preachers can't seem to understand that there is no significant Baptist Culture. What may work in Georgia may seem strange and out of place in the mountains. 2. Dress Codes are definitely more casual. Montana Casual was the term we used to describe being dressed up. Cowboy boots, jeans, shirt and a sports jacket is about as formal as it gets. 3. Deer Season and Elk Season opens on Sunday at least in Montana. New Pastors can't believe Deacons are actually planning on being absent! 4. Unless Pastors live in a big town of which there aren't many they need to get used to a lot of windshield time. Going to the hospital 100 miles away is routine. In a foot of snow is common. 5. Don't ignore the school calendar or else you're gonna get mighty disappointed with the lack of participation. 6. People in the West are generally turned off by fluff and show. They like straight shooters. I took a big name preacher to a little church and he preached one morning to 8 people. On leaving he said, "that was the hardest thing I ever did - I could not do this every week." 7. If you're opposed to eating where they serve alcohol then don't go out to eat. These are some common observations. Add Yours Below.