Mission Shaped Future

Photo of Bishop Karen Oliveto hugging Chancellor Rich Marsh after the successful vote for Mission Shaped FutureOn June 9, 2018, history was made as United Methodists who gathered in Ogden, Utah as members of the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Annual Conferences overwhelmingly voted to become one: The Mountain Sky Conference.

This vote culminated many years of discussions, task forces, and committees. It included the voices of hundreds of United Methodists throughout our area who gave input to help refine the Plan of Union.

Truly, it is a living document as we seek to live out our common purpose: "The Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC will live in God’s grace and abundance as we lead a re-energized peaceful and compassionate movement to claim the life-changing love of Jesus Christ for ALL people."

Read the rest of Bishop Oliveto's letter after the Plan of Union vote: 
The new Mountain Sky Conference: From our past will come the future


Plan of Union

The Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Legacy Conferences voted on a petition containing the Plan of Union, a legal document describing the future of a new Mountain Sky Conference, at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference. After many hours of debate and amendments, the final version of the Plan of Union was accepted. The amended plan is available here.


Mission Shaped Future Blog Posts

Information about Mission Shaped Future teams and reports 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.

Delegates approve new Mountain Sky Conference: Historic vote to unite RMC and YAC

Delegates approve new Mountain Sky Conference: Historic vote to unite RMC and YAC
- June 19, 2018

In a historic vote, the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone annual conferences agreed to become the new Mountain Sky Conference on June 9 during a joint gathering at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden, Utah. The vote followed a full day of debate and amendments, in which ...


Mission Shaped Future Community Engagement Report
- May 29, 2018

Within the Mountain Sky Conference, the Community Engagement Team calls faith communities, affiliated organizations, the annual conference, our neighborhoods, and the world into active and mutual transformation.


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 ...


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