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Meet the speakers for the Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

7/15/2015

Submitted by Brenda Anderson-Baker The power of the Holy Spirit is alive and at work in preparation for the first Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation in Yellowstone Conference, to be held Sept. 6 to 11 at Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp. The Academy has a long history of transforming people of faith and renewing their ministry. The theme ...


Workshop aims to help Native Americans, allies work 'for the common good'

6/3/2015

Story and photos contributed by Chesie Lee, Director of the Wyoming Association of Churches May 6 was the first of a large gathering of Native Americans from the Wind River Indian Reservation and a few allies to learn how to be effective leaders "for the common good." Rebekah Simon-Peter, founder of BridgeWorks, facilitated the "For the Common ...


First UMC Great Falls installs solar panels as part of sustainability project

5/12/2015

Story and photo submitted by the Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart This winter, First United Methodist Church of Great Falls, Montana, experienced an unusual moment -- the energy meter began to run backwards! The first phase of a multiple-stage sustainability project came online in February. Last fall, 60 solar panels were installed on the south roof of the...


Rev. Jeff Rainwater to serve as new Wyoming District Superintendent

4/14/2015

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Jeff Rainwater, currently serving as Senior Pastor of First United Methodist church of Laramie, Wyoming, to become District Superintendent of Wyoming, Mountain Sky Area effective July 1, 2015. In this role, he will relate to all United Methodist Churches in Wyoming from ...


Rev. Deb Olenyik to serve as new Transitional Ministry Developer

4/1/2015

The cabinets of the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain conferences have identified an unmet need in small congregations. An increasing number of churches are experiencing long-term decline, making it impossible for them to afford full-time clergy leadership.  This pattern requires adaptive change within the congregation and in the leadership of the ...


Shared Futures Committee engages in visioning a vital future

3/3/2015

Story contributed by the Revs. Janet Forbes (Highlands Ranch) and Dave McConnell (Bozeman), Co-Chairs The Mountain Sky Shared Futures Committee met Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, at the Rocky Mountain Conference Office. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky invited the 12-person team from the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone conferences to engage this ...


Council on Finance & Administration 2014 Year-End Update

2/12/2015

Council on Finance & Administration 2014 Year-End Update In an effort to continuously keep our Yellowstone Annual Conference (YAC) members informed of our financial accomplishments and opportunities, we offer the following observations. Feedback is welcome. Our 2014 annual budget was $1,361,000. That budget is funded through our mission share ...


Mountain Sky Area Joint Cabinet collaborate on vital ministry, leadership

2/11/2015

Vital ministry and leadership core processes were the primary topics of discussion during the Mountain Sky Area Joint Cabinet meeting and retreat Jan. 28 to 30 at Longs Peak United Methodist Church in Longmont, Colorado. Cabinet members collaborated on missional engagement and ministry objectives, with the goal to create a strategy for leadership ...


Rev. Marianne Niesen to speak at Marcus Borg service Jan. 31

1/30/2015

Yellowstone Annual Conference's the Rev. Marianne Niesen will be one of three people sharing reflections on theological scholar and author Marcus J. Borg tomorrow, Jan. 31, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bend, Oregon. Borg passed away Jan. 21 in Powell, Oregon, at the age of 72 from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   Borg was known for his liberal ...


Whole Church Initiative seeks to help churches be healthy again

1/12/2015

What can Alcoholics Anonymous teach about church vitality? For a start, the A.A. program offers guiding principles that, according to its website, if put into practice can allow participants "to become happily and usefully whole." The sense of wholeness and practice is similar to the ideas behind the Whole Church Initiative, a new program created ...


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