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Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

January 05, 2023
Join NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries on a journey through the wilderness of gender this lenten season! This study will take place over the course of 8 weeks from February 20th-April 10th, we’ll be reading “How to Understand Your...

SAVE A LIFE! - Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

November 14, 2022
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) ...
Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry with LGBTQ+ Youth

Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry with LGBTQ+ Youth

September 09, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites you to attend "Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive Affirming Ministry with LGBTQ+ Youth." This hour-and-a-half long webinar is designed to provide volunteers and leaders in youth ...

Clergy Orders/Fellowship Event

August 17, 2022
All pastors (Elders and Deacons- provisional and ordained- Associate Members, and Licensed Local Pastors) in the Mountain Sky are encouraged to register for and attend the Clergy Orders/Fellowship event in Lander, WY from ...
Facing the Future 2022 Virtual Conference

Facing the Future 2022 Virtual Conference

August 11, 2022
Hosted by the General Commission on Religion and Race of the UMC.  Facing the Future Virtual Conference November 16, 2022, 1-7 pm EST Be Still as a Spiritual Practice: Online Event for Pastors Serving Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural,...
Circuit Spotlight: Life Together

Circuit Spotlight: Life Together

August 03, 2022
Mountain Sky Circuits seek to increase joy, foster connection, and generate trust through intentional small groups that meet across the conference. The Life Together Circuit is one Circuit that is fostering connection among its ...
NextGen Book Study: Queering Wesley, Queering the Church

NextGen Book Study: Queering Wesley, Queering the Church

July 20, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites you to participate in a book study on Queering Wesley, Queering the Church by Keegan Osinski. The book study will take place over the course of five weeks beginning September 13th-October ...
MSC Circuits: Post Annual Conference Meet Up

MSC Circuits: Post Annual Conference Meet Up

July 05, 2022
Join our Circuit Host, Court VonLindern on July 19th @ 6:00pm MDT to learn more about Circuits and how to find where you plug in! You can register for this event here: https://mtnskyumc-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcO6rrD8pG9O...

Spanish Immersion Trip to Cuernavaca, Morales, Mexico

May 26, 2022
Two weeks of language and cultural learnings in a small school in southern Mexico. Home stays encourage each student to learn custom and enjoy wonderful food of the local peoples. The dates are Monday, October 3 to Saturday, ...
Mountain Sky Welcomes co-Directors of the Black Trans Prayer Book

Mountain Sky Welcomes co-Directors of the Black Trans Prayer Book

April 08, 2022
The Mountain Sky Conference, with partial sponsorship from Iliff School of Theology, welcomes co-Directors of The Black Trans Prayer Book, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and J Mase III to lead us in a conversation on where white ...
Book Study:

Book Study: "Heavy Burdens"

February 08, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries is offering a Spring 2022 Book Study on “Heavy Burdens: Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church” by Bridget Eileen Rivera beginning March 21st-April 18th.
Trans 101: Gender Diversity in God's Creation

Trans 101: Gender Diversity in God's Creation

January 11, 2022
Trans 101: Gender Diversity in God’s Creation Join Court VonLindern, Designer of NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries on January 27th @ 6:30pm MST for a workshop presentation on topics related to transgender, nonbinary, and other ...
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"

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

October 06, 2021
Attend Culture Camp for Pastors with their church leaders.
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.