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General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: What do you do when you find a mistake?

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: What do you do when you find a mistake?

November 16, 2020
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is taking the steps to correct a mistake. After much analysis, including the complexity of the new system, the misunderstanding of the new system, and the pandemic, we have ...

ALERT: Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy; process for filing claims

October 27, 2020
ALERT: Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy; process for filing claims Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) filed for bankruptcy to protect itself against a growing number of sexual abuse claims made against ...

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Western Jurisdictional Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Western Jurisdictional Fund

September 21, 2020
There are seven General Church funds, including the Fund for General Administration. The eighth fund included in the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments is the Western Jurisdiction.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Ministerial Education Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Ministerial Education Fund

September 01, 2020
This article will share more information about the Ministerial Education Fund.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: General Administration Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: General Administration Fund

August 24, 2020
This article will share more information about the General Administration (GA) Fund. While the General Administration Fund is not the coolest or snazziest of the General and Jurisdictional Apportionment funds, it is important to ...

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: World Service Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: World Service Fund

August 18, 2020
This is part of a series of articles for the Mountain Sky Conference to learn about the various funds that are make up the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments. This article is about the World Service Fund.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: The Black College Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: The Black College Fund

August 03, 2020
The Black College Fund: Focused on raising leaders who impact lives and shape communities!

Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation 'Dare to Dream' grants available

Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation 'Dare to Dream' grants available

August 03, 2020
Dare to Dream: 2020 Grants Are Here: The Mountain Sky UM Foundation announces grants to fund transformative ideas that will create systemic changes in ministry, vitality, and financial health.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Episcopal Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Episcopal Fund

July 28, 2020
One tangible way to show support for Bishop Karen is the Episcopal Fund.

Responsible Stewardship: July Webinar now online

Responsible Stewardship: July Webinar now online

July 27, 2020
Responsible Stewardship: July 21, 2020 Webinar (Property Liability Insurance and Health 2021 Plans)

Financial witness beyond local church presents mixed message - Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A)

Financial witness beyond local church presents mixed message - Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A)

July 20, 2020
At the mid-point of the Connectional Church Fiscal Year, our performance is both positive and concerning. Our conference numbers continue to be a basis for gratitude while our General and Jurisdictional numbers are troubling.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates: Cutting Through the Confusion (ECFA)

PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates: Cutting Through the Confusion (ECFA)

July 20, 2020
Back by popular demand, join ECFA for a comprehensive update and commentary on the latest Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) developments—with a focus on walking through the PPP loan forgiveness process with integrity.

Clarifying the strategic shift in General and Jurisdictional Apportionment: Council on Finance and Administration

Clarifying the strategic shift in General and Jurisdictional Apportionment: Council on Finance and Administration

July 06, 2020
The purpose of changing how we financially support the global church was to empower local churches in their choices consistent with their values. In 2019, at the Annual Conference in Billings, MT, the Mountain Sky Conference ...

VIDEO: Responsible Stewardship: 2021 Annual Budget Q/A Webinar

July 06, 2020
Check out this previously recorded 2021 Budget Preview and QA Zoom webinar held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. This video will help answer questions you might have about the 2021 Budget.

Impressive generosity during the pandemic continues - MSC Council on Finance and Administration

Impressive generosity during the pandemic continues - MSC Council on Finance and Administration

July 01, 2020
Mountain Sky local churches continue to show financial generosity in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the necessary reinvention of local congregational giving. As we said in April: the sky is not falling. Again, thank you. ...

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 ...

Gratitude in a season of a pandemic - a 2020 Budget Report from the MSC Council on Finance and Administration

Gratitude in a season of a pandemic - a 2020 Budget Report from the MSC Council on Finance and Administration

May 12, 2020
"To everything, there is a season" indeed but gratitude is always in season: the generosity of the churches in the Mountain Sky Conference through April is impressive.

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.

GCFA offers additional guidance for churches that have not received a PPP Loan

May 05, 2020
Many organizations, including local churches, have been unable to obtain loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The President signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPP HCE Act) on ...

Mission Shares, the 'Paycheck Protection Program' and the Mountain Sky Conference

Mission Shares, the 'Paycheck Protection Program' and the Mountain Sky Conference

April 28, 2020
The question is the PPP grant “income?” emerges because the Mountain Sky Conference employs an income model to apportion to local churches the costs of the Conference.

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.

Responsible Stewardship: Mountain Sky UM Foundation investment updates

Responsible Stewardship: Mountain Sky UM Foundation investment updates

March 31, 2020
Here is an update about the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation regarding your investments, and the actions we are taking to responsibly steward all resources." An update on endowments will be in a future update note.

No more excuses: e-Giving promotions for Mountain Sky Conference churches

No more excuses: e-Giving promotions for Mountain Sky Conference churches

March 12, 2020
If your church isn’t ready to receive gifts by credit cards, then the visitors in your worship services are missing out on the spiritual practice of generosity, and your church’s ministry isn’t as well funded as it could be. Your ...

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 Crisis (Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church)

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 Crisis (Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church)

March 11, 2020
Stop passing the plate and consider these ways to mitigate a decline in giving.

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.

A 2019 Budget Report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

A 2019 Budget Report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

February 03, 2020
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is providing you this initial report on how we finished Fiscal Year 2019 in terms of income and expenses. There is good news with a positive message: we finished 2019 with ...

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...

October 2019 finance update from Conference Council on Finance and Administration

October 2019 finance update from Conference Council on Finance and Administration

November 18, 2019
This is the third update from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration. As we indicated in our last two articles, through the end of month August and end of month September, the message for much of the ...

A 2019 financial update from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

A 2019 financial update from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

November 04, 2019
This update from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration outlines where we are financially at this point in our year. As we indicated last month in this article, the message continues to be mixed. Our ...

Mountain Sky UM Foundation year-end giving brochures to be available by Nov. 1

Mountain Sky UM Foundation year-end giving brochures to be available by Nov. 1

October 10, 2019
The year-end giving brochure from the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation will be sent to churches before Nov. 1, 2019. This brochure teaches donors how they can continue to give at the levels they dream of, using ...

A 2019 budget report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

A 2019 budget report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

September 30, 2019
This report from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration outlines where we are financially at this point in our year. The message is mixed. Our income is down. Although we are in the black through ...

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020: Part 2

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020: Part 2

September 05, 2019
In the Aug. 27 Mountain Sky Conference News, there was an article about 2020 Mission Shares (apportionment). This follow-up article provides more detail on the eight funds that make up the General and Jurisdictional Church ...

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020

August 26, 2019
One of the means we use as the people called United Methodists to support the Reign of God beyond the local church is the apportionment. In the Mountain Sky Conference we give the apportionment a symbolic name: Mission Shares. ...

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.

Financially supporting both the conference and the general church

May 21, 2019
Currently the total general and jurisdictional connectional support, all $2,098,881, is rolled into our 2019 budget. This has been the practice for both legacy conferences for many years. At the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual ...

A report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

April 23, 2019
We now face a moment of decision – to turn back or continue to move forward boldly and courageously. We have conferred. We have prayed. Ultimately, we asked one another: “Does the world now need our witness and service less or ...

Scholarships available for laity to attend UMC events

April 18, 2019
The Board of Lay Ministry of our Mountain Sky Conference provides scholarships for lay members. We want to help provide funding for you to attend an event that would help you spiritually, or increase your knowledge through a ...

'Dream Big' campaign to bring in more than $20,000 for conference ministries in contributions, pledges

'Dream Big' campaign to bring in more than $20,000 for conference ministries in contributions, pledges

January 15, 2019
This historic vote occurred at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in Ogden, Utah. After the vote, many conference participants joined in contributing a gift to the Dream Big, Love Boldly, Give Believing campaign. These funds will ...