Mountain Sky Area Mission Shaped Future update

May 24, 2017

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'” Luke 14:28-30
The work of the Mountain Sky Area Mission Shaped Future team has progressed since both Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences endorsed this process at their 2016 annual conferences. We have been in a season of organizing ourselves for the large task at hand. Most recently the work has involved forming the working teams who will ultimately draft individual portions of the plan for the new Mountain Sky Conference. The six working teams have invited additional members to expand participation in this process. 

The six teams are... 

Leadership Excellence
This team is tasked to develop a strategy for the calling and equipping leaders (lay and clergy) in their communities and congregations. These leaders will help lead the continual development of Beloved Community. Including clergy and laity growing together in leadership. 

Congregational Development
This team is tasked to develop a strategy for starting new churches and faith communities as well as strengthening the vitality of existing local churches.

Clergy Excellence
This team is tasked to develop a strategy for the recruitment, development and ongoing care of licensed and ordained clergy. Focus on creating opportunities for missional appointment making.

Connection and Communication 
This team is tasked to develop a strategy for allowing robust communication, collaboration, and teamwork across our geographic area and ethnic diversity. Develop strategy for organizing opportunities for Christian witness of mission, justice, and mercy.

Conference Organization
This team is tasked to develop a strategy for the organizational structure of the new annual conference. This structure should prioritize decentralization, streamlined administration, and simplicity.

Asset, Property and Legal
This team is tasked to develop a strategy to combine the assets of RMC and YAC and assure they are focused on the mission of the Mountain Sky Conference. Also, work to limit and manage the liability of local congregations and the conference as a whole.

The Connection and Communication team is currently working on the process we will use to share work as it progresses. The goal is to provide opportunities for interested people and groups to provide feedback on the plan as it is built instead of waiting for until it’s presented as a whole. It will take all the gifts and graces of both conferences to develop a robust plan for a sustainable future. Beyond that, it will take the prayers of all United Methodists across Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming to live into a new future together were we wholly embrace our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  

Submitted by Rev. Jeremy W Scott, Chair of Mission Shaped Future Guiding Team