Mission Shaped Future

Save the dates for Mission Shaped Future town halls!

  • The Community Engagement Team will release their report May 29 and host a Zoom town hall on Wednesday, May 30.

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Leaders of the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Conferences have been in conversation for many years about how, together, we might be able to strengthen the presence of Wesleyan Christianity in our area.

The newest information about Mission Shaped Future can be found in the links below on the main page. The other links give a historical overview of the past conversations the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone conferences have had about coming together as one.

Mission Shaped Future Leadership Excellence Team Report
- May 10, 2018

The Leadership Excellence Team has developed a report detailing lifelong leadership goals of the new Mountain Sky Conference. The following are priorities for excellent leadership within the Mountain Sky Conference.

Mission Shaped Future Assets, Property, and Legal Team Update
- May 03, 2018

The responsibility of the Mission Shaped Future Assets, Property, and Legal Team is to develop a Plan of Union which will bring together the assets, properties, and legal functions of both the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Conferences to ensure that resources and ...

Mission Shaped Future Congregational Vitality Team Update
- April 26, 2018

The Congregational Vitality Team of the Mission Shaped Future process has worked hard to develop a strong vision of what supporting vital and healthy congregations looks like in the new Mountain Sky Conference.

Mission Shaped Future Conference Organization Team Update
- March 08, 2018

The Mission Shaped Future (MSF) Conference Organization Team is pleased to share the proposed conference organization structure for the new Mountain Sky Conference as follows.

Part 3: Technology offers new way of building community
- February 27, 2018

The Mountain Sky Area is on the forefront of using technology to shrink the distance between people. By having more meetings through video conferencing, we are allowing a more diverse group of people to participate in the work of the area. But this technology isn’t ...

Part 2: Circuits renew local church relationship
- February 27, 2018

Two ways we are already working to strengthen these connections is circuit-based charge conferences and an upcoming shared District Gathering (Conference) experience. Here, many laity and their clergy are getting to network together at regional events that strengthen ...

Part 1: Seeing the connection that binds us together
- February 27, 2018

Our area is as vast as it is beautiful. We are bound together by a mutual love of mountains, rivers, and wide-open spaces. Yet our vast spaces also mean that we are not able to come together as often as we would like. So how will we manage the scale of our area?

Mission Shaped Future Clergy Excellence Team Update
- February 08, 2018

The Mission Shaped Future Clergy Excellence Team has been working for several months to draft a plan for how clergy are supported in helping us reach our goal to re-energize a Christian movement that begins with grace, offers abundant life, and reclaims the ...

November 2017 Mission Shaped Future Update
- November 09, 2017

Sisters and brothers in the Mountain Sky Area,   I’m pleased to report that for the last several months, more than 50 lay and clergy from the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone annual conferences have been working hard to develop a plan for the creation of a new conference ...

MSF 2017 Annual Conference Report
- June 08, 2017

This report will be presented during Annual Conference. You may download a copy using the following link. (link)

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  1. What is Mission Shaped Future? (Why do we call it Mission Shaped Future?)
    1. Our goal in creating a new conference is that the Mountain Sky Area will re-energize  a Christian movement that begins with grace, offers abundant life, and reclaims the life-changing love of Jesus Christ for ALL people.
    2. We call it Mission Shaped Future (MSF) because of the need to keep our mission in mind as we cast visions and goals for our future here in our geographic areas.
    3. As we work to develop a plan for the new Mountain Sky Conference, we keep the following values in front of us at all times: As disciples of Jesus Christ in the Mountain Sky Area, we value operating  in simplicity and with transparency, breaking barriers and crossing boundaries for the sake of unity and love, and seeking consensus as we honor diverse voices and ideas.
  2. What does Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain have in common or share?
    1. The Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain annual conferences share seven staff members that include the resident bishop, executive assistant, Wyoming District superintendent, district administrative assistant, director of communications, information technology support technician, and the vital congregations developer. Further, clergy are appointed and assigned cross-conference between Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone.
  3. Who are on the teams? How were members chosen?
    1. The purpose of each working team is to develop individual pieces of the Mission Shaped Future proposal for the creation of the new Mountain Sky Conference. Working teams will also help identify opportunities for deeper collaboration between the two Conferences in the near term.
    2. There are currently six teams for the Mission Shaped Future process in 2017. Clergy Excellence, Communication, Conference organization, asset prop, leadership excellence, congregational development. Members were chosen through collaboration with the cabinet and other networks. The teams are somewhat fluid and are continuously working on bringing more voices in at certain areas and times.


  1. Why should we come together? What are the benefits? Is this a merger?
    1. The Mountain Sky Area Shared Futures Committee has discerned that God is calling the Rocky Mountain Conference and Yellowstone Annual Conference to a new relationship together that would involve streamlined operations.  This shared future is about creating something new and more vital than our current reality and is much bigger than "merger," although it includes organizational merger.
    2. This work creates an opportunity to re-imagine and re-think the purpose of the annual conference and develop a system which would lead us to a stronger future which neither annual conference can achieve alone. Local churches will also discover affinity with churches throughout the Mountain Sky Area and be able to take advantage of more creative alignment of resources. Human and financial resources might be freed from administrative functions and used to engage in adaptive ministry challenges in local congregations and communities. There will also be the opportunity for new relationships among clergy, laity and local churches.


  1. With our vast distances, how are we going to connect and collaborate?
    1. The Mountain Sky Area will connect and collaborate through a variety of platforms. We are capitalizing on technology to carry out its mission and ministry over a four-state geography. MondoPads – or large smart TVs – have been set up at strategic sites in the Mountain Sky Area to offer groups a rallying point to participate in trainings and meetings. In addition, Zoom Video Conferencing provides individuals a way to connect and collaborate from their homes or churches. Live streaming and social media have allowed congregations to experience events and worship together.