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Vital Conversations Zoom Call every other Wednesday
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
This event recurs Every 2 weeks on Wednesday from Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Monday, November 30, 2020

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Join Vital Conversations Every Other Wednesday!

Join Rev. Jeff Rainwater on a Vital Conversations Zoom call every other Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. MDT as we explore what discipleship can look like in these changing times and into the future. 


All clergy and laity are invited to join! Zoom call-in information will be provided to those who register online.


Upcoming Vital Conversations:

Wed. August 5 - Ministering Children with Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley 

Description: ​Leanne Hadley is an ordained elder in the UMC and has a DM in in the spirituality of children. She has dedicated her entire career to working with and studying the spiritual lives of children. Her work experience includes working as a chaplain, directing a migrant ministry summer program, Minister to Children and Families, and Founder of First Steps Spirituality Center. She is passionate about strengthening congregations by helping them understand the spiritual lives of children and deepen and expand the ministries they offer to children and families. Please visit for more information.

Wed. August 19 - Mission Insite Inspiration with guest Tiffany Keith

​MissionInsite gives you the tools to revitalize your church, increase ministry impact, develop mission generosity, and expand ministry options. Professional and lay leadership in thousands of organizations around the country choose MissionInsite to bring their unique picture into focus.

Rev. Tiffany Keith is the Associate Minister at First UMC Colorado Springs. She deeply values curiosity and spends much of her time creating communities that are compassionate, brave, and unapologetically conventional.

Wed. September 2 - QPR (Suicide prevention/intervention) with guest Dr. Paul

Paul A. Bretz, D.Min., LCSW, MHSA, is passionate about high quality, cost effective, spiritually integrated behavioral healthcare. Dr. Bretz began service as Executive Director of Centus Counseling, Consulting & Education on March 1, 2017. He is also currently engaged as a Behavioral Health Surveyor for The Joint Commission whose mission is to continuously improve healthcare. Dr. Bretz has recently served as a Director at a Behavioral Health Innovation Center, a Chief Compliance Officer, and for 9 years in executive leadership and consulting roles with the Samaritan Institute.
Bretz (via Betty Nguyen)

Wed. Sept. 16 - Supporting youth ministry with guest Chris Wilterdink & Amanda Daniell

Previous Vital Conversations: 

Watch previous episodes on Youtube

  • July 22 -  The Challenges and Opportunities for Sacred Music in the COVID-19 era 
  • July 8 - Microagressions with Mountain Sky Conference's Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen and Courtney VonLindern
  • June 24: Tom Bandy of Thriving Church Consulting LLC
  • June 10: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship with Mark DeVries
  • June 3: Communication Strategies with Rev. Chris Heckert 
  • May 27 - Church Size Theory
  • May 20 - How to Ask: Fundraising and Financial Support in Post COVID-19 with Rev. Dr. Thomas Wolfe and Rev. Tom Barlow.
  • May 13 - Transitions in COVID-19 with Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor.
  • May 6- Disaster Response with Mountain Sky Conference's Emergency Response Team.
  • April 29 - We explore the topic of "re-launching" Congregational Vitality with guest Path 1 at Discipleship Ministries.
  • April 22 - Joe Primo, the CEO of Good Grief and a leading voice on grief, mourning and building resilience in children, families, and communities in the face of loss and adversity.
  • April 15 - Vital Conversations will air on Mountain Sky Conference's Facebook LIVE with Danny Colella, Facebook LIVE Marketing Expert, Coach, and  Consultant.
  • April 8 - Discipleship - the Rev. Jeff Campbell, Executive Director of Strategic Programming at Discipleship Ministries.
  • April 1 - Finances.  Kristi Kinnison - Mountain Sky UM Foundation and Michaela Murray-Nolan - Director of Development, Stewardship Foundation, Greater New Jersey Annual Conference (postponed to a later date due to technical difficulties). 
  • March 25 - Pastoral Care; Recovery Groups. Ryan Canaday - FREE
  • March 18 - Online Worship. Trey Wince - Ministry Architects. Jeremy Scott - Johnstown UMC and Foundry Consulting 

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