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An Invitation to a Hatchathon

An Invitation to a Hatchathon

June 17, 2021
Rev. Jeff Rainwater and Ministry Incubators are hosting a Hatchathon August 24 - 26, 2021

Vital Conversations: Researching Right-Sizing the Church on May 26, 2021

Vital Conversations: Researching Right-Sizing the Church on May 26, 2021

May 18, 2021
Vital Conversations on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:30 am

Thank you Geoffrey Gross for your Ministry

Thank you Geoffrey Gross for your Ministry

May 16, 2021
Thank you to Geoffrey Gross for his service as the Intern for Congregation Vitality and Leadership for the Mountain Sky Conference, where he has served since September 2020. The focus of his time with the Conference was r...

Vital Conversations: Pastoral Transitions on May 5, 2021

Vital Conversations: Pastoral Transitions on May 5, 2021

April 27, 2021
Vital Conversations: Pastoral Transitions on May 5, 2021 at 11:30 am (MT)

Vital Conversations: Ministry with Our Neighbors without Homes on April 28, 2021

Vital Conversations: Ministry with Our Neighbors without Homes on April 28, 2021

April 22, 2021
Vital Conversations: Ministry with Our Neighbors without Homes on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:30am

Vital Conversations: Creating a Culture of Care & Accountability in the MSC Through Racial Justice Work on April 21

Vital Conversations: Creating a Culture of Care & Accountability in the MSC Through Racial Justice Work on April 21

April 14, 2021
Vital Conversations: Creating a Culture of Care Accountability in the MSC Through Racial Justice Work on April 21, 2021 at 11:30 am

Vital Conversations: Preschool Ministry as Evangelism on April 14, 2021

April 11, 2021
Vital Conversations: Preschool Ministry as Evangelism on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:30 am

Vital Conversations: Using the Enneagram in Leadership

Vital Conversations: Using the Enneagram in Leadership

April 04, 2021
Vital Conversations: Using the Enneagram in Leadership on Wednesday, April 7 at 11:30 am

No Vital Conversations on March 31, 2021

No Vital Conversations on March 31, 2021

March 24, 2021
No Vital Conversations on Wednesday, March 31. Please join Rev. Annie Arnoldy in welcoming Debra Peevey for a vital conversation about the enneagram on Wednesday, April 7 at 11:30am.

Vital Conversations: Social Media and Live Video on March 10, 2021

Vital Conversations: Social Media and Live Video on March 10, 2021

March 03, 2021
Vital Conversations: Social Media and Live Video on Wednesday, March 10 at 11:30 am

Vital Conversations: The CO-OP Youth Ministry Model on February 17, 2021

February 11, 2021
Vital Conversations: The CO-OP Youth Ministry Model on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11:30am

Three Simple Rules: A Video Workshop for Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees

Three Simple Rules: A Video Workshop for Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees

February 08, 2021
Available now on the Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads is a new resource for Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committees -- a workshop with video clips, reflection questions, and extra resources to help S/PPRCs know how to live into ...

Vital Conversations: Faith, Social Justice, and Community Organizing on Feb. 10

Vital Conversations: Faith, Social Justice, and Community Organizing on Feb. 10

February 04, 2021
Vital Conversations: Faith, Social Justice, and Community Organizing on Wednesday, February 10 at 11:30 a.m.

THREE SIMPLE RULES: A Video Workshop for S/PPRCs

THREE SIMPLE RULES: A Video Workshop for S/PPRCs

February 04, 2021
Three Simple Rules: A Video Workshop for Staff /Pastor Parish Relations Committee hosted on Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads. Three Simple Rules is a self-paced workshop for groups and individuals including videos, reflection ...

Vital Conversations: Everyone Should Plant - Lay Planting on Feb. 3 at 11am

Vital Conversations: Everyone Should Plant - Lay Planting on Feb. 3 at 11am

January 28, 2021
Vital Conversations on Wednesday, February 3 at 11 am

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.

BOTH/AND WEBINAR: Maximizing Hybrid Worship for Online and In-Person Audiences, February 23

BOTH/AND WEBINAR: Maximizing Hybrid Worship for Online and In-Person Audiences, February 23

January 24, 2021
The Congregational Vitality Committee, with the support of St. Paul's UMC in Helena, MT, and Parker UMC in Parker, CO, is hosting Jason Moore's BOTH/AND Webinar: Maximizing Hybrid Worship for Online and In-Person Audiences on ...

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

Vital Conversations: The Ministry of the Laity to be held on Jan. 20

Vital Conversations: The Ministry of the Laity to be held on Jan. 20

January 13, 2021
The next Vital Conversations will be on Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. The topic will be on the Ministry of the Laity. It will be led by co-lay leaders Nancy Flint, Gayla Jo Slauson and Barry Welliver.

Vital Conversations: Why Numbers Matter to be held on Jan. 13

Vital Conversations: Why Numbers Matter to be held on Jan. 13

December 22, 2020
In this Vital Conversation we will talk with our conference statistician, the Rev. Dr. Dennis Shaw, on why numbers matter and how they can help our ministry. We will also answer questions about the end of year EZRA report and how ...

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 ...

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 ...

Stevensville UMC in Montana offers space for daycare, distance learning

Stevensville UMC in Montana offers space for daycare, distance learning

October 13, 2020
Pivoting into a new strategy for doing ministry might actually be a dance with the Trinity as steps find new life, new purpose, and new wisdom.

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.

House Divided: A Politics of Compassion on Sept. 23 Vital Conversations

House Divided: A Politics of Compassion on Sept. 23 Vital Conversations

September 10, 2020
Vital Conversations on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:30am

Congregational Vitality grants available (deadline of Sept. 30, 2020)

Congregational Vitality grants available (deadline of Sept. 30, 2020)

August 31, 2020
We have two grant opportunities: our Vitality Resource Grant and our Vitality Innovation Grants.

FUMC Prairie Campus offers outdoor services amidst COVID-19 pandemic

FUMC Prairie Campus offers outdoor services amidst COVID-19 pandemic

August 27, 2020
When COVID hit, First UMC Prairie Campus n Colorado Springs focused on how to continue our momentum and growth as a new faith community amidst the pandemic.

Music copyright workshop with Dave Merkel Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MST

Music copyright workshop with Dave Merkel Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MST

August 26, 2020
A Zoom workshop with Dave Merkel to discuss how to navigate music copyright and licensing for use of music in worship, both online and in-person.

Board of Laity 2020 Introductions

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

MissionInsite the topic for Aug. 19 Vital Conversations

August 10, 2020
Please join Vital Conversations every other Wednesday with Superintendent Jeff Rainwater. Our guest on Wednesday, August 5 at 11:30 a.m. is Rev. Tiffany Keith who will discuss MissionInsite Inspiration.

Prepared with Care Grants go to 29 churches in Mountain Sky Conference

Prepared with Care Grants go to 29 churches in Mountain Sky Conference

August 03, 2020
Prepared with Care $500 grants go to 29 churches in MSC.

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 ...

Marathon lessons from Major Rettig of Trinity District

Marathon lessons from Major Rettig of Trinity District

June 04, 2020
Given the frequency of saying living in the pandemic is “a marathon, not a sprint,” Major Rettig shares with you a few things that he has learned from the running world.

Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, CO makes more than 400 masks

Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, CO makes more than 400 masks

May 26, 2020
Over 400 masks were made by Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, Colorado.

Wilson UMC burns mortgage!

May 07, 2020
It’s a celebration when a mortgage gets paid! Let’s burn it! Rev. David Hiester, Wilson United Methodist Church and Kristi Kinnison, Executive Director Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation Watch Vimeo Video here.

First UMC Salt Lake City given 2020 Utah Preservation Award

First UMC Salt Lake City given 2020 Utah Preservation Award

April 07, 2020
On March 6, Preservation Utah announced that First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Salt Lake City is the recipient of this years’ 2020 Utah Preservation Award for the Restoration Renovation of our Sanctuary and Historic Pipe ...

Cancelation of April 1 Vital Conversations Zoom

Cancelation of April 1 Vital Conversations Zoom

April 01, 2020
The planned April 1 Vital Conversations with Rev. Michael Smith was canceled due to Zoom security issues.

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 ...

Envisioning a future for rural ministry in Mountain Sky in 2050

Envisioning a future for rural ministry in Mountain Sky in 2050

March 05, 2020
From February 7 to 9, a group of about 20 pastors and a lay leader met together at Fort Morgan United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan, Colorado to dream of the future of United Methodist ministry in rural communities.

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!)

Daily Digital Devotion begins Ash Wednesday 2020

Daily Digital Devotion begins Ash Wednesday 2020

February 19, 2020
Mountain Sky's Digital Devotion - an online worship over Zoom - returns on Ash Wednesday and runs through Pentecost. Participants gather at 6:30 a.m. Monday to Friday for 20 minutes of scripture, devotion, sharing, and prayer.

Simpson United Methodist Church: 113 years of history, fellowship, and community

Simpson United Methodist Church: 113 years of history, fellowship, and community

February 18, 2020
Simpson United Methodist Church (Simpson) has a long history of fellowship and worship within the Japanese American community in Colorado. The church began in a small boarding house for Japanese immigrants in 1907 and has expanded...

Guest blog: From Suffering to Triumph (a devotional book review)

Guest blog: From Suffering to Triumph (a devotional book review)

January 29, 2020
Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee has written a devotional for Lent that builds upon his decades of work in youth and children's ministry, most recently with Intermountain Residential, an intensive treatment center for children with ...

Arvada UMC launches 'Eliminate the Shame' campaign to shine the light on mental health

Arvada UMC launches 'Eliminate the Shame' campaign to shine the light on mental health

January 20, 2020
Throughout 2020 Arvada UMC will be seeking to address the mental health crisis by offering learning opportunities, trainings, and resources to those in the wider Arvada community.

First UMC in Fort Collins spurs new life into troubled community park

First UMC in Fort Collins spurs new life into troubled community park

November 11, 2019
A troubled Fort Collins park will soon undergo a resurrection, with the transformation coming from First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins in Colorado.

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

October 28, 2019
This one little well-planned outreach bursting with goodwill has brought manifold blessings upon the community, especially for the children who are now connected with the church.

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

October 18, 2019
On May 19, 2019, Brentwood United Methodist Church celebrated Ken Kopatich's 50 years of service to the church's musical ministry. Ken has shared his many talents as a vocalist, saxophone and clarinet player, and leading the ...