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Congregational Vitality funds available for new churches, faith communities

November 26, 2018
The Congregational Vitality Committee has funds available for grants related to starting new churches and faith communities.

Bishop Oliveto to teach weeklong class at Iliff School of Theology

Bishop Oliveto to teach weeklong class at Iliff School of Theology

November 20, 2018
Though students at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver are technically now on holiday break, about 20 people are enrolled for a weeklong class taught by Bishop Karen Oliveto called, “Prophetic Leadership Through Pastoral ...

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

September 18, 2018
Several women of the Mountain Sky Conference contributed to "We Pray with Her," including the Rev. Kerry Greenhill, Melissa Engel, and Laura Rossbert.

Mountain Sky Roundtable to hold first meeting Sept. 23

Mountain Sky Roundtable to hold first meeting Sept. 23

September 18, 2018
The newly formed Mountain Sky Roundtable will convene its first meeting on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Christus Collegium in Bozeman, Montana.

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

September 10, 2018
It is after much prayer, study and discernment that we share with you that we believe that the One Church Plan is the best way forward for the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Mission u at Christ UMC Casper will be last event for 2018

Mission u at Christ UMC Casper will be last event for 2018

August 31, 2018
Mission u on Sept. 15 at Christ United Methodist Church in Casper, Wyoming will be the last chance to worship, fellowship and learn together at one of these educational events in 2018.

Mountain Sky Deaconess Liwliwa Robledo remembers Rev. Grace Huck, second woman to get full clergy rights

August 30, 2018
Rev. Grace E. Huck passed away Aug. 12 at the age of 102. Liwliwa T. Robledo, a deaconess in the Mountain Sky Conference, wrote a tribute to Rev. Huck. Robledo serves as Nominations Coordinator for the Alumni Federation at Harris ...

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplying Learning Communities

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplying Learning Communities

August 21, 2018
Applications to participate in one of Path 1's Multiplying Learning Cohorts are still available. Path 1 Multiplication Learning Communities are being created to help forward-thinking leaders engage in facilitated peer-to-peer ...

Mission u events open minds, hearts

Mission u events open minds, hearts

August 17, 2018
Participants have been enriched by learning and fellowship at Mission u. Two events remain in Pagosa Springs (Colo.) and Casper (Wyo.).

Mountain Sky Conference Girl Scout shares leadership opportunities, experiences

Mountain Sky Conference Girl Scout shares leadership opportunities, experiences

July 31, 2018
Girl Scouts has been a large part of my life for the past 11 years, since I was in kindergarten. At first it was a space to spend time with my friends and learn about the community around me. As I grew older, it turned into a ...

Rethink Laity Sunday

Rethink Laity Sunday

July 31, 2018
Who could have guessed that embracing Laity Sunday would prove so relevant to effective church organization in 2018? Yet it is.

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness to celebrate 20 years in 2019

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness to celebrate 20 years in 2019

July 30, 2018
The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness, a multi-track continuing education opportunity, will celebrate 20 years of operation in 2019. The Center is approaching 900 alumni currently enrolled or having completed Track l, over 100 for...

Mission u sees 150-plus participants in July, five more events to come

July 27, 2018
More than 150 participated in three Mission u events in July. There are still five events in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana in the coming months.

Mountain Sky representatives host panels, discussions at Wild Goose Festival

Mountain Sky representatives host panels, discussions at Wild Goose Festival

July 24, 2018
Last week at the Wild Goose Festival—an art, music, and story-driven faith-inspired event—a handful of Mountain Sky United Methodists joined thousands of attendees in rural North Carolina. The annual gathering draws attendees and ...

Creating a Culture of Renewal groups begin September 22

Creating a Culture of Renewal groups begin September 22

July 23, 2018
Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Creating a Culture of Renewal’s three-track program is an award-winning, proven, and empowering approach to self-awareness, leadership and ministry. The event is coming to Casper, Wyoming this ...

GBHEM doubles the dollar amount United Methodist students can borrow to pursue higher education

GBHEM doubles the dollar amount United Methodist students can borrow to pursue higher education

July 19, 2018
The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced an increase in the maximum amount of money United Methodist students can borrow to pursue their education.

Local Church Audit Guide and FAQ from Discipleship Ministries

Local Church Audit Guide and FAQ from Discipleship Ministries

July 13, 2018
The General Council on Finance Administration (GCFA) has developed these wonderful resources to help your church fulfill the mandate for an Annual Local Church Financial Audit.

NEW social media webinars coming soon!

NEW social media webinars coming soon!

July 12, 2018
The United Methodist Communications Public Information Team is hosting two upcoming webinars to support local churches as they strive to embrace social media and its uses for outreach and ministry.

Methodist Theological School of Ohio pledges to help United Methodist candidates get their full seminary tuition covered

Methodist Theological School of Ohio pledges to help United Methodist candidates get their full seminary tuition covered

July 10, 2018
Methodist Theological School in Ohio and its generous donors are offering a bold new commitment to every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy: an opportunity to earn a master’s degree with no out-of-pocket ...

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplication Learning Communities

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplication Learning Communities

July 06, 2018
Path 1 Multiplication Learning Communities are being created to help forward-thinking leaders engage in facilitated peer-to-peer conversations about the future of church planting in our connection.

CONNECT ANEW Resources Available: Information and Resources on GBHEM’s Strategy to Evolve to Meet the Leadership Needs of the Church

CONNECT ANEW Resources Available: Information and Resources on GBHEM’s Strategy to Evolve to Meet the Leadership Needs of the Church

June 28, 2018
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has updated and expanded the information and resources available on gbhem.org/connectanew.

Guest blog: United to remain the same?

June 28, 2018
Jesus Christ is all about new beginnings. Perhaps with this spirit, we can have a greater understanding of all that is before us. I would urge the Roundtable to be sensitive, and to look at the table and see what people and, ...

SCD 2018 to equip leaders to transform congregations

SCD 2018 to equip leaders to transform congregations

June 25, 2018
United Methodist conference leaders, clergy and laity will be able to choose from over 100 sessions and workshops in August at the annual School of Congregational Development (SCD), a premier event for equipping church leaders to ...

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity: Reflective Leadership Grant

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity: Reflective Leadership Grant

June 14, 2018
Reflective Leadership Grants offer Christian leaders “balcony time” to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps.

Deaconesses Consecrated at Assembly 2018

Deaconesses Consecrated at Assembly 2018

May 31, 2018
“Called to Be What for God’s World?” was the theme of the deaconess consecration service May 18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, part of Assembly 2018. Twenty-four women from 19 conferences were ...

Invitation to 2018 Mission u study on Embracing Wholeness

May 25, 2018
The spirituality course for the 2018 Mission u is related to last year’s study, Living As a Covenant Community. If you attended that session, you will recognize the covenants of Adam and Noah. This year, we will reach a deeper ...

Mountain Sky Area pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Mountain Sky Area pilgrimage to the Holy Land

May 16, 2018
Bishop Karen Oliveto invites all lay and clergy on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The trip will take place Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, 2019.

Spanish language, cultural, liberation theology, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico

Spanish language, cultural, liberation theology, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico

May 07, 2018
The Mountain Sky Area will host a second language, cultural, and social justice immersion experience in Cuernavca, Mexico from October 22 to November 2.

The Rev. Dr. Edwin Aponte examines aspects of a

The Rev. Dr. Edwin Aponte examines aspects of a "post-Christian culture"

April 03, 2018
On April 17, the Rec. Dr. Edwin Aponte, Executive Director of the Louisville Institute, will offer a public lecture at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists host 11th annual gathering May 1-3

Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists host 11th annual gathering May 1-3

April 03, 2018
The 11th annual Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Specialists Association (TIMSA) gathering will take place May 1-3 at the United Methodist Conference Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tax law may affect local giving, seminar recordings explain

Tax law may affect local giving, seminar recordings explain

March 24, 2018
Tax law changes could mean a 25% decrease in giving. Listen to the Tax Changes and Local Church Giving seminar recordings to learn more.

LaunchPad ignites new energy for Mountain Sky Area leaders to reach the unchurched

LaunchPad ignites new energy for Mountain Sky Area leaders to reach the unchurched

March 21, 2018
In early February, four Mountain Sky Area teams from Montana and Colorado traveled to Seal Beach, California to take part in the LaunchPad event.

Impact investing: learn more about Methodists Helping Methodists

Impact investing: learn more about Methodists Helping Methodists

March 19, 2018
Learn more about Methodists Helping Methodists, an entity of the United Methodist Foundation who who invest in the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conference development fund.

Guest Blog: This Lent, Don't Give Up Being the Church

Guest Blog: This Lent, Don't Give Up Being the Church

March 14, 2018
There’s a lot of institutional despair these days. "The church is dying, it’s in decline, it’s done for, it’s over. The best days are behind us." But what if all that’s just a story? And not a very good one at that?

Spiritual and Practical Aspects of Fundraising Workshop at Iliff School of Theology

Spiritual and Practical Aspects of Fundraising Workshop at Iliff School of Theology

March 12, 2018
Fundraising and financial stewardship: these are two critical areas where leaders must be effective in order for churches and other organizations to create and sustain ministry work.

Guest Blog: This Lent, Don't Give Up Your Neighborhood

Guest Blog: This Lent, Don't Give Up Your Neighborhood

March 08, 2018
The church is nothing without neighbors. We don’t exist in a vacuum. We’re all about community. The community that is calling you now is right outside your door. Not across the world.

Apply for the Last Chance Scholarship for United Methodist pastors

March 07, 2018
April 30 is the last day to apply for the $3,000 Last Chance Scholarship for United Methodist pastors.

Guest Blog: Politics, Ethics, and the Voice of the Church

Guest Blog: Politics, Ethics, and the Voice of the Church

February 20, 2018
Can churches be involved in the most volatile issues of our day? The Parkland, Florida school shooting begs the question.

Apply for the Marion Reid Scholarship for Women

February 15, 2018
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry of the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church (Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone) is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Marion Reid Scholarship for Women.

Guest blog: Love Like Jesus

Guest blog: Love Like Jesus

February 14, 2018
On Ash Wednesday, we remember how Jesus loved sacrificially. Jesus loved God, his neighbors, and even his enemies. His love for us has transformed the world.

Guest blog: Believe Like Jesus

Guest blog: Believe Like Jesus

February 07, 2018
Jesus makes it clear that he wants us to have the same kind of faith he himself has. He sends his disciples/apostles out to perform miracles. They heal the sick and cast out demons. Later, they participate in multiplying loaves ...

Candidacy process for Rocky Mountain Conference co-lay leader position

February 06, 2018
An election will be held at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in Utah for the position of co-lay leader.

Guest blog: Be Accountable Like Jesus

Guest blog: Be Accountable Like Jesus

February 05, 2018
Accountability has gotten a bad name unnecessarily. It doesn’t start with unwieldy systems or unresponsive groups. Accountability starts much closer to home; it’s about taking responsibility for fulfilling our own giftedness and ...

Mountain Sky Area pastors to be at leadership event in Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2018
Five individuals from the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church will participate in the General Board of Church Society's Young Adult Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. from Jan. 28 to 31.

Mission Shaped Future retreat yields action plans for new conference

January 16, 2018
It was a weekend of dreaming, but also putting those ideas into a blueprint for the formation of a new annual conference. About 30 clergy and laity attended a two-day retreat Jan. 12 and 13 at Hope United Methodist Church in ...

Learn about upcoming service opportunities at Mission Adventures 2018

Learn about upcoming service opportunities at Mission Adventures 2018

January 15, 2018
Come learn about Connecting Neighbors as well as Volunteers in Mission, Supporting Neighbors, and Service Opportunities at Mission Adventures 2018. The first “Mission Adventures” seminar for 2018 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 ...

Get ahead to avoid 2018 decreases in giving

January 12, 2018
Some estimates suggest that with the 2018 tax reform, fewer itemizers will lead to a 5 to 12 percent reduction in annual fund giving. However, there is good news for finance and stewardship committees, and pastors! Your Rocky ...

Leadership program offered to help with church vitality and leadership

Leadership program offered to help with church vitality and leadership

January 05, 2018
Accelerate church vitality and interrupt church decline!

Go on a 'mission adventure' at Smoky Hill UMC

Go on a 'mission adventure' at Smoky Hill UMC

December 28, 2017
Are you considering getting involved in mission work in 2018? On Feb. 3 at Smoky Hill UMC, you will have the opportunity to find out what types of mission opportunities are available. The Rocky Mountain Conference Global Board of ...

Workshop teaches interfaith community about safety for congregations

December 15, 2017
On Dec. 5, Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church and the Metropolitan District of the Rocky Mountain Conference hosted an event on congregational security. This event was put together by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, and ...