Leaders of the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Conferences have been in conversation for many years about how, together, we might be able to strengthen the presence of Wesleyan Christianity in our area. Both Annual Conferences received the report of the Shared Futures Committee in June 2015. Following the committee’s recommendation, I have named two “Mission-Shaped Future” groups to lead the next chapter of this on-going conversation (rosters attached).
Read the rest of Bishop Stanovsky's Mountain Sky Outlook: Toward a Mission-Shaped Future: Creating a New Annual Conference
Future Discernment Listening Sessions were held throughout the Mountain Sky Area during April and May for people to gather and consider the creation of a new annual conference with the coming together of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences. District Superintendents and members of the Mission Shaped Future Team were present at each event to lead the discussions.
The Mission Shaped Future Petition: We seek approval from the Western Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church to realign the boundaries of the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain Annual Conferences to form one, new annual conference, following, and contingent upon, the full discernment and agreement of the two participating conferences. Click here for the petition approved by the Western Jurisdiction delegates.
The finalized petition will go to the June sessions of the Rocky Mountain Conference (June 9-12) and Yellowstone Conference (June 16-18) and to the Western Jurisdictional Conference (July 13-16).
Group One: Janet Forbes (Chair), Phillip Cardin, Kristi Kinnison, Betty Nguyen, Mark Sanmon, Debbie Schmidt, Laura Rainwater, Reuben Wilber, Ruth Wills
Group Two: Jeremy Scott (Chair), Sarah Beck, Victoria Casarrubias, Chris Frasier, Jerry Krause, Janna Lauver, Jasper Peters, Stephanie Price
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
Staff: Youngsook Kang (RMC) and David Burt (YAC)
Consultant: Gil Rendle