Clergy Circuits

Circuit Purpose Statement

The purpose of circuits is to provide opportunities for Lay and Clergy leaders of local congregations to meet regularly with colleagues for worship, faith development, spiritual formation, mutual support, accountability, peer learning, resource sharing, mission strategy, and experimental collaboration.

Circuit Plan

Circuits have existed in various forms across the Mountain Sky Conference—previously the Mountain Sky Area—for several years. They have taken different shapes and had different emphasizes in different parts of our area. Drawing from the best parts of what has gone before the new circuit plan aims to bring a more consistent and higher quality experience to everyone.

Circuits give us a new way to promote collaboration and peer learning among clergy and local congregations. Since they are smaller in size than districts, circuits can be more agile in adjusting to the needs of their participants. They also provide for more self-direction by the participants, allowing them the ability to focus on what they see as the greatest missional needs of the moment.

Each circuit will have a leader who will be part of a group composed of all circuit leaders and will receiving training and mentoring as part of that group. Circuit leaders will provide valuable feedback to the Mountain Sky Conference Cabinet and other area leadership about what resources local congregations need to be successful.

Timeline

Goals for the first year

  • Have full participation at each of the gatherings (eight gatherings from September through May)

  • Experience firsthand the circuit’s varied ministry by meeting in each other’s settings.

  • Have intentional discussion about gifts, challenges, and hopes

  • Circuits leaders will be trained in coaching

  • Support one another with prayer and develop a covenant to support each other spiritually.