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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 ...


Creating a Culture of Renewal Comes to Denver, January 2015

10/3/2014

Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, these groups empower you to master the vital interplay between group dynamics, congregational culture and communication that leads to vibrant, healthy churches!  Designed by and for church leaders, three tracks guide you through an inspired step-by-step process of leadership and congregational development for the ...


Quessua Methodist Mission Station - Angola

10/3/2014

United Methodists have a very strong history in Angola, and the church has a positive reputation and strong support from the An-golan people. Much of that is due to the existence of Quéssua Methodist Mission Station. The first bishop was the intrepid missionary William Taylor, sent in 1885. Missionaries built Quéssua, named after a nearby river, ...


Mountain Sky Outlook: A Proposal to Strengthen Ministry for Jesus Christ

9/29/2014

Download a PDF version of this Mountain Sky Outlook “MERGER? Who? What? When? Why? How? IF? A proposal to strengthen ministry for Jesus Christ” MERGER? WHAT? This week, leaders of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences received a recommendation to enter into a serious conversation about merging these two conferences into one. This idea has ...


Join the Yellowstone Conference Mission Committee & renovate MSU Christus Collegium Building, home of Wesley Hall

7/16/2014

AUGUST 8TH - 11TH Montana State University Bozeman - United Methodist Campus Ministry  There are tasks to match every ability. From dry-wall to painting to cleaning. This project will be the start of a 3 phase plan that will end with an improved kitchen & sanctuary & handicapped bathroom & showers. Accommodations & meals are available at Wesley ...


Clergy Effectiveness Form - All Clergy Please Read

6/30/2014

Clergy Effectiveness and Development Form Instructions Dear Pastor and Chair of SPRC: Once again, we are asking  pastors and SPRCs to gauge areas of ministerial strength and develop a plan for growing in pastoral effectiveness.  We know that excellent clergy leadership provides one of the most important keys to healthy, growing churches. We are ...


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