On April 24, Bishop Karen Oliveto announced changes to district superintendent responsibilities in the Rocky Mountain Conference that will take effect July 1, 2018. The changes include superintending assignments and the supervision of local churches within them.
These changes will help the Mountain Sky Area more fully strategize the placement of Congregational Resource Ministers (CRM). The new Conference Organization Plan released last month introduced the creation of Congregational Resource Ministers, which will be half-time positions within each district working directly to help circuits and local churches be better equipped for their ministries. The CRMs will serve as contacts for congregational development, leadership development and community engagement. The CRMs will be members of the Extended Ministry Cabinet and collaborate in the development of a conference-wide vision, strategic planning and resource sharing.
With the goal of revitalizing the ministries of local churches, meetings were held with conference and district lay leaders. Based on their feedback, the attached maps show the new circuit boundaries and assignments. To help fund the Congregational Resource Ministers, the Mountain Sky Area is proposing a reduction of one district superintendent in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Bishop Oliveto included a word of thanks in her letter announcing these changes: "Thank you to everyone who planned and participated in the meetings, and to those of you who will help churches and organizations make this a graceful transition. Our hope is that these changes will shepherd us into a new chapter in the Mountain Sky Area that will fulfill our goal of 're-igniting a Christian movement that begins with grace, offers abundant life, and reclaims the life-changing love of Jesus Christ for ALL people.'"
You may view the circuit boundaries and assignment maps below:
Map of Eastern Colorado with new superintending assignments
Map of Metropolitan area superintended by Paul Kottke
Explanation of new district superintendent assignments