Vital Congregations

The Mountain Sky Conference strives to equip local congregations for vital ministry in their communities.  The opportunities for each congregation are unique as are the challenges.  We aim to provide tools that offer local congregations the insights they need to move forward.  You can learn about some of those tools below.

Below are some resources available for any local church or ministry, circuit, or district to use.

Congregational Vitality Webinars

The Mountain Sky Conference hosts webinars during the year to offer training, small group discussions and to strengthen our regional connections. Resources from the webinars will be available on this page.

  • Vital Conversations (March 25, 2020) - In this episode of Vital Conversations recorded on March 25, 2020, we hear how to care for people, particularly those walking in recovery. Rev. Ryan Canaday, Lead Pastor of FREE, shares with us some best practices and ideas on how to be the church in such a time as this.

Planning long-term

As anyone who has gotten lost knows, you can’t get where you want to go without knowing where you are. Whether you want to start a new worship service, a new ministry site or even to revitalize an existing faith community, you have to know where your starting point is in order to create the plan to get you where you want to go. 
The Readiness 360 report helps congregations gain shared, unprecedented insight as to where they are so that any new vision, goal or ministry becomes more achievable. With its ability to gain input from everyone in the congregation and then to synthesize it into a practical report, the Readiness 360 is a valuable tool for gaining broad agreement on where to start and providing ideas for next steps. Learn more online at or email Dawn Lemons in the Denver Office to get started.

Researching your community

MissionInsite provides cost-effective “location intelligence” resources to assist your church in developing dynamic ministries. Demographic resources from MissionInsite, powered by our exclusive PeopleView™ System, comprise part of the mix of tools available to assist in ministry development.  

To get started with Mission Insite, visit and use Agency Account Number: 9dff4

Building vital churches

For the past several years, The Whole Church Initiative (WCI) has been a valuable tool in building vital churches as it provides an active process of discernment for local congregations. WCI resources are now available for any local church, circuit, or district to use. They include Booklets and WCI Sessions that address specific topics. These are available on the WCI Sessions page.  

Other Resources Available

WCI has a variety of booklets, workbooks, and even video-based learning sessions that any church or leader can use. Visit the WCI Resources page to access these items.