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MSC Circuits: Find where you plug in

MSC Circuits: Find where you plug in

October 27, 2021
Mountain Sky Conference clergy laity Circuits are getting ReWired! You're invited to connect with us, and find where you plug in!

Picnic Tables Help Columbia Falls UMC Cultivate Community as

Picnic Tables Help Columbia Falls UMC Cultivate Community as "Front Yard People"

October 15, 2021
Columbia Falls UMC in Columbia Falls, MT utilized Courageous Leadership grant money from the Leadership Development team to help build connections with their neighborhood through "The Turquoise Table"

Leadership Development Team Welcome's New Members

Leadership Development Team Welcome's New Members

August 26, 2021
Leadership Development Team Welcome's New Members: Jared O'Kegley-Gibson and Kaitlin Kahrs

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness Opening Up with Live Retreats

June 24, 2021
So, the anxiety in the church is high.....well duh!

MSC Clergy Session Celebrates Retirees and Honors the Recently Deceased

June 10, 2021
On Friday, June 4, 2021, the clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference met virtually for an Executive Session.  Traditionally, this meeting is held during Annual Conference, but because AC2021 will be in October, we needed to attend ...

Restructure of the MSC Leadership Development Staff Area

June 03, 2021
The Mountain Sky Conference Staff are vital to the support of our conference churches. In order to facilitate the needs of our conference, the Leadership Development staff team will be restructured. This restructure will take ...

Devoted with PRIDE: June 2021 Devotional Series

Devoted with PRIDE: June 2021 Devotional Series

June 02, 2021
June is celebrated as Pride month for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Celebrate pride this year by registering to receive daily devotions in your e-mail inbox! These devotions have been created by clergy and laity ...

MSC Leadership Development Awards

MSC Leadership Development Awards "Culture of Courageous Leadership" Grants

June 02, 2021
The MSC Leadership Development Team is offering grants for up to $500 for congregational work in building a culture of courageous leadership in the areas of anti-racism or laity leadership.

2021 Culture of Courageous Leadership Grants

March 25, 2021
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Lenten Creative Ministry Awards

Lenten Creative Ministry Awards

March 04, 2021
The Ministry in the time of COVID-19 team started observing a number of creative ministries in local churches over the course of the year. In December, they partnered with the Leadership Vitality focus areas to award churches for...

Leadership & Vitality Gives Creative Ministry Awards

January 28, 2021
Awards given for Creative ministry ideas that have been submitted through the Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads platform.

MSC Circuit reVISION Sprint!

MSC Circuit reVISION Sprint!

January 24, 2021
Are you interested in ways churches can collaborate in ministry across parish boundaries? Do you see a need for our conference to build systems of support for our laity in mission and reconsider how clergy support one another? Do ...

Vital Conversations: Blogging: Speaking Authentically and Maintaining Unity on Jan. 27

Vital Conversations: Blogging: Speaking Authentically and Maintaining Unity on Jan. 27

January 19, 2021
Vital Conversations: Blogging: Speaking Authentically and Maintaining Unity on Wednesday, January 27 at 11:30am

Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads launches this week

Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads launches this week

November 09, 2020
Our Mountain Sky Conference is launching something new this month – a new website called Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads. But Crossroads is more than a website. It is a platform to find resources for ministry and network with ...

Mike Moore tapped for Mountain Sky Disaster Response Coordinator

Mike Moore tapped for Mountain Sky Disaster Response Coordinator

November 03, 2020
Bishop Karen Oliveto is excited to welcome Mike Moore as the new Disaster Response Coordinator for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective Nov. 1, 2020. Mike Moore brings years of experience as a member of the Conference Disaster ...

COVID-19 taskforce focuses on resources for mental health, discipleship, mission

October 26, 2020
On Sept. 28, more than 200 leaders of local church (re)Launch teams from across our conference met with the Ministry in a Time of COVID-19 taskforce to share what they have learned, needs, and ongoing concerns. Following that ...

Two Denver area clergywomen honored for leadership against homophobia

October 08, 2020
Two leading Colorado clergywomen – Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer of the Applewood United Methodist Church, Golden, and Rev. Sharon Langfeldt of Christ Church, Denver – have been chosen to receive the 2020 Paul and Paula Murphy Human ...

Conference Hispanic/Latino Ministries continues to thrive

October 02, 2020
Please continue to keep our pastors, their families, lay leaders, ministries, and communities in your prayers. We also pray for the possibility for new Hispanic/Latino ministries throughout or Conference!

The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes intern Geoffrey Gross

The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes intern Geoffrey Gross

September 24, 2020
The Rev. Annie Arnoldy and Rev. Jeff Rainwater are excited to welcome Geoffrey Gross (he, him, his) as the new intern for Congregational Vitality and Leadership for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective September 2020.

Your feedback needed: Redesigning Circuits

September 21, 2020
In preparation for an upcoming Circuit Summit, conference leaders are seeking feedback from across the conference - from clergy and laity - on past experiences of circuits or similar gatherings.

Board of Laity 2020 Introductions

August 19, 2020
Let's please welcome all of our new Board of Laity members in 2020!

Free 90-min seminar introduction to 'How to Create a Culture of Renewal' coaching program

Free 90-min seminar introduction to 'How to Create a Culture of Renewal' coaching program

August 10, 2020
How to Create a Culture of Renewal Online Seminar - Aug. 19, 12 - 1:30 p.m. MT

Listen to 'Mountain Sky Prophets' - Young People's and NextGen and Inclusiveness Ministries new podcast

Listen to 'Mountain Sky Prophets' - Young People's and NextGen and Inclusiveness Ministries new podcast

August 10, 2020
Mountain Sky Prophets is a podcast centered on the voices of young people and how they experience church and youth ministry.

Youth ministry certification courses begin Aug. 24

Youth ministry certification courses begin Aug. 24

August 06, 2020
The Institute for Discipleship and Youth Ministry Institute are partnering to offer an all-online Certification in Youth Ministry that is designed to equip lay people who work with youth in local churches – both paid staff and ...

Creating a Culture of Renewal registration is now open for September events

Creating a Culture of Renewal registration is now open for September events

August 01, 2020
Rebekah is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine. Her award-winning group coaching program, Creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders ...

Leadership Development announces 11 Culture of Courageous Leadership grants

Leadership Development announces 11 Culture of Courageous Leadership grants

July 27, 2020
This summer, the Leadership Development Team of the Mountain Sky Conference awarded 11 Culture of Courageous Leadership Grants to churches across our region.

Zoom groups forming for MSC retired clergy and clergy on leave of absence (various forms)

Zoom groups forming for MSC retired clergy and clergy on leave of absence (various forms)

July 07, 2020
Social distancing required by the COVID-19 Pandemic has shed light on the need for retired pastors, as well as for clergy on various forms of leave, to connect for support, nurture and growth. Four Zoom group options have begun ...

Fundraise like a Pro: Tools for Pastors, Finance, Stewardship

Fundraise like a Pro: Tools for Pastors, Finance, Stewardship

June 29, 2020
Secrets from CFREs: Certified Fund Raising Executives: Here are three great resources specifically for these COVID-19 times. This will change your life. This is a powerful technique that you can immediately begin using. You may ...

Conference Board of Lay Ministry (BOLM) seeking qualified candidates for co-lay leader positions

Conference Board of Lay Ministry (BOLM) seeking qualified candidates for co-lay leader positions

April 14, 2020
Two Mountain Sky Conference Lay Leaders will be elected at the 2020 Annual Conference Session. Nominations will be accepted by May 10 to be eligible for election.

Anti-racism book study for MSC clergy beginning May 6

Anti-racism book study for MSC clergy beginning May 6

April 06, 2020
This 6-week book study will include a short reading and a question for reflection each day. It will frame anti-racism work as a spiritual practice in order to emphasize that anti-racism work is never finished, but rather is a life...

Rev. Mark Calhoun to be new Wyoming District Superintendent

Rev. Mark Calhoun to be new Wyoming District Superintendent

March 31, 2020
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Mark Calhoun as the new superintendent for the Wyoming District, effective July 1, 2020. Calhoun currently serves as pastor of Lander United Methodist ...

Rev. Jeff Rainwater to be Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality

Rev. Jeff Rainwater to be Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality

March 31, 2020
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Jeff Rainwater as the new Superintendent for Congregational and Community Vitality for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective July 1, 2020. Rainwater is ...

Join webinar on best online worship practices in a physically distanced world

Join webinar on best online worship practices in a physically distanced world

March 30, 2020
Join author, creative worship and guest readiness coach Jason Moore for a 90-minute webinar, Tuesday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. MDT for Telling the Old Story in a New Time: Best Practices for Worshiping Online and Beyond in a ...

Culture of Call grants now available!

February 27, 2020
The Leadership Development Team of the Mountain Sky Conference offers grants to local churches and ministries who are encouraging individuals or groups to explore God's call to spiritual formation and/or service to meet needs in ...

Congregational Resource Ministers meet for annual retreat

Congregational Resource Ministers meet for annual retreat

February 24, 2020
CRMs (Congregational Resource Ministers) met last week to plan, wrestle with challenges, share experiences and struggles, and have some fun (or course!)

Guest Blog: 'I am forever grateful for this learning experience' (Washington D.C. Young Clergy Leadership Forum)

Guest Blog: 'I am forever grateful for this learning experience' (Washington D.C. Young Clergy Leadership Forum)

February 20, 2020
Rev. Angi Kotzmoyer reflects on her recent experience at the Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. in January 2020.

Scholarships available for the Clergy Benefits Academy or RevItUp

Scholarships available for the Clergy Benefits Academy or RevItUp

February 06, 2020
Scholarships are available for the Clergy Benefits Academy or RevItUp in 2020. Apply within.

Rev. Peter Jisung Lee, Pastor Cory Young and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer to represent Mountain Sky Conference at Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Peter Jisung Lee, Pastor Cory Young and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer to represent Mountain Sky Conference at Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

January 15, 2020
Rev. Peter Jisung Lee will represent the Mountain Sky Conference at the 2020 Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Jan 26 - 29 I am wondering if you want to add this to the end of the bio of Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer? If ...

Grand Valley UMC youth produce puppet show on the Magi

Grand Valley UMC youth produce puppet show on the Magi

January 05, 2020
Although Grand Valley United Methodist Church in Parachute, Colorado's student Sunday school class consists of only two students, that doesn't prevent them from performing for the congregation.

Young people's ministries rebuilding in the new Mountain Sky Conference

Young people's ministries rebuilding in the new Mountain Sky Conference

November 22, 2019
Amanda Daniell, the Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry for the Mountain Sky Conference, knew it would be a challenge to rebuild the youth ministries across four states when she started in July.

Mountain Sky Conference hires new Chief Financial Officer

Mountain Sky Conference hires new Chief Financial Officer

November 20, 2019
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is pleased to announce that Angela Thomas, currently Assistant Treasurer and Controller of the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be the first Chief...

UMC pastors win in Colorado school board member elections

UMC pastors win in Colorado school board member elections

November 07, 2019
Two United Methodist Church pastors were elected to public school boards in Colorado elections this week. The Reverend Brad Laurvick will represent District No. 5 of Denver Public Schools and the Rev. Jeremy Scott will represent ...

Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

November 05, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes Betty Nguyen as the new Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer and Diana Aqra as the new Media and Communications Specialist.

The Global Mission Fellow 2020-2022 Cohort application is now open!

The Global Mission Fellow 2020-2022 Cohort application is now open!

October 30, 2019
What is the Global Mission Fellows Program? A 2-year service opportunity to live and work outside the home context. Participants are between 20-30 years old. Fellows support the work of partners around the world addressing issues ...

Equipping laity in leadership leads to stronger commitment in ministry

Equipping laity in leadership leads to stronger commitment in ministry

September 26, 2019
Rev. Annie Arnoldy, Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministry at the Mountain Sky Conference, led the afternoon workshop “Developing Laity: Empowering, Equipping, and Enabling” in the ReSource ...

Rural Chaplains Association convenes in Pueblo, Colorado

Rural Chaplains Association convenes in Pueblo, Colorado

August 05, 2019
The Rural Chaplains Association is convening in Pueblo, Colorado this week, Aug. 7 to 10, for its annual event. The 2019 gathering will include visits to SonRise, Ordway and Rocky Ford United Methodist churches in southeastern ...

Treasurer Noreen Keleshian to retire this December

Treasurer Noreen Keleshian to retire this December

July 29, 2019
After seven and a half years of service as Conference Treasurer, Noreen Keleshian has announced her intention to retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

Resources available for churches on stewardship, fundraising

Resources available for churches on stewardship, fundraising

July 25, 2019
These educational opportunities through webinars and quick reads, when implemented, will make all the difference in turning around your church from scarcity mentality to abundance thinking.

Amanda Daniell to tour Mountain Sky Conference camps

Amanda Daniell to tour Mountain Sky Conference camps

July 16, 2019
This July and August, Amanda Daniell will tour the Mountain Sky Conference camps as she begins her new role as Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry.

Maryann Hall becomes first Blackfeet woman to be delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference

Maryann Hall becomes first Blackfeet woman to be delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference

July 16, 2019
For Maryann Hall, becoming a reserve delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference in 2020 wasn't necessarily pre-planned. But being new to The United Methodist Church, she knew "some big change is coming" and wanted to make ...