Mission Shaped Future FAQs

  1. What is the process of living into a new Mountain Sky Conference?
    1. With many years of data currently in both conference databases, websites, and other platforms, it will take time to combine information for the new conference. The official start date for the new Mountain Sky Conference is July 1. As of then, there will be one conference office—in Denver—and leadership will discern a plan for benefits, district names, and transition. 
  2. 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.
  3. What do 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.