(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)
- Iliff School of Theology hosts Thought Leaders in Conversation - Feb. 10 to 13
- CANCELLED: Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation - Feb. 23 to 25
- 2015 Western Jurisdiction Disaster Training - March 2 to 5
- Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC
- Center for Courage & Renewal hosting program for young United Methodist ministers
- Winter Camp for Friends & Families at John Wesley Ranch - Feb. 13 to 16
- Spring RIM - Residency in Ministry retreat - March 3 to 5
- Retirement Seminar at RMC Conference Office - March 23 and 24
- Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering Endowment Ministry webinars - April 14
- Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July 2015
- Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1, 2015
- Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3-8, 2015
- Mile High Pikes Peak Leadership Training - Feb. 7
- Northeast Colorado Lay Servant Ministry Classes - Feb. 21 and 22
- Vital Congregation Workshop at Riverton UMC - Feb. 28
- Mile High Pikes Peak District Conference - March 7
- Utah/WestCo youth invited to Westside Weekend - March 6 to 8
- All Wyoming Round-up featuring Phil Maynard - March 14
- Sunshine District Conference - March 21
- St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch to host "An Evening with Pennie Hunt" - Feb. 3
- Vacation Bible School showcase with Cokesbury - Feb. 7
- Connecting the Testaments Course at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - Feb. 8 to March 8
- Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Feb. 21
Iliff School of Theology hosting Thought Leaders in Conversation - Feb. 10 to 13
Formerly the Iliff Week of Lectures, the TLC (Thought Leaders in Conversation) Conference now features multiple days of practical workshops, Th.Ed Talks (Theological Education Talks), faculty lectures, ministry panels with special guest speakers, an alumni, faculty, and staff book sale, annual alumni awards banquet, and alumni reunions. Click to learn more and register. View a schedule of events for the the Iliff TLC.
CANCELLED: Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen’s Consultation - Feb. 23 to 25
2015 Western Jurisdiction Disaster Training - March 2 to 5
The 2015 Western Jurisdiction Disaster Training will be held on March 2-5, 2015 in Denver at the Holiday Inn Denver East-Stapleton, 3333 Quebec St., Denver, 80207. The classes are for anyone interested in putting their faith into action by helping respond to natural disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. Class offerings include beginning through advanced levels for various types of volunteers, response leaders, church leaders and clergy. Instructors are key UMCOR consultants and experienced disaster responders. Click here for more information including our brochure, draft schedule, and course descriptions! Click here to register today!
Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC
The Wesley Festival was founded in 2007 to bring people together through music to support critical missions of The United Methodist Church. Dr. James Ramsey, Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is the event founder and director. The 2015 festival will feature founder James Ramsey, guest conductor Helen Cha-Pyo of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Adrienne Danrich, Soprano; Kenrick Mervine, Organ; members of the armed forces orchestra; singers from around the world; and invited leaders and dignitaries of the United Methodist Church and the United States. The festival will culminate in a gala concert at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, benefiting Imagine No Malaria.
Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers - May 12 to 15 and Nov. 11 to 14
The Center for Courage & Renewal is hosting a six-month intensive program called "Courage to Lead" to help young United Methodist ministers build a sustainable leadership. The first event will be a four-day retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs from May 12 to 15. Following the first retreat will be monthly peer learning calls from June to October. Then a closing retreat will be held Nov. 11 to 14 also at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. The cost to participate is $500, which includes tuition, materials and room and board. Apply online by Jan. 30. Participants will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 13. For more information about the "Courage to Lead" program, click for the brochure. For more information about the Center for Courage & Renewal, go to www.couragerenewal.org.
Winter Camp for Friends & Families at John Wesley Ranch - Feb. 13 to 16
Winter Camp will be held once again at John Wesley Ranch Retreat Center, 21285 St. Highway 67, Divide, Colo., 80814, from Feb. 13 to 16 in their beautiful, rustic lodge with room to spread out for inside games and activities, as well as enjoy the beauty of a winter’s day from their large deck overlooking a snow-covered meadow (depending on weather). It's a weekend set aside for singles, friends, and families of all sizes and ages to be together in Christian fellowship in a relaxed setting. Our study, How Is It With Your Soul?, will work to balance the inner and outer dimensions of the Christian life.
The cost for the retreat is $70 for adults, $50 for children in grades 6th to 12th, $40 for children in kindergarten through 5th grade and $25 for children in pre-K or younger. Family maximum will be $200. Registration includes lodging Friday through Sunday nights and all meals Saturday and Sunday (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Monday breakfast. Space is limited, so register early. Registration deadline is Jan. 30. All registration will be done online. Click here to register. To view the schedule for the 2015 Winter Camp, click here . For a packing list and directions to John Wesley Ranch, click here. Download the medical and release form to bring with you to the event.
Spring RIM - Residency in Ministry retreat - March 3 to 5
Spring RIM (Residency in Ministry) will be held from March 3 to 5, 2015 at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. Please download this registration form and submit it along with payment to the Rocky Mountain Conference office. If you have any questions, please call Debbie Hull at 970-353-5522 (work) or at 970-250-3334 (cell).
Retirement Seminar at RMC Conference Office - March 23 and 24
Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering Endowment Ministry webinars - April 14
Your church doesn’t have an endowment?!
A series of Endowment Ministry Webinars will begin April 14. Click here to learn how YOUR CHURCH can gain financial strength through an endowment fund. Registration deadline is March 3. For details about these webinars, go to the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation website.
Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July
The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness has scheduled three continuing education resources in 2015 for the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences.
Center – Track l: A resource for clergy who desire to be healthier leaders capable of addressing the natural anxious emotional movements of their church including those difficult to address issues or members. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: April 27 to 29 - Denver area; First Retreat: May 4 to 6 – Bozeman area.
Center – Track ll: For those clergy who have attended Track l, this is an important second step in integrating systems thinking into those personal/professional situations. More in-depth study makes the systems understanding from Track l more accessible especially in anxious times. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: July 8 to 10 - Denver area.
Clergy & Spouse Couple Retreat: Co-Leaders Julia Munson LCSW & Bill Selby. Marriage is emotionally challenging for all couples partly because each spouse brings his or her own family of origin to that relationship. One three-day retreat. 3 Continuing Education Units; Retreat schedule for April 21 to 23 – Denver area
Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1
Pastors and lay church leadership are invited to a Generating Generosity workshop, featuring guest speaker David Bell, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO. The workshop aims to bring a deeper theological understanding of Christian stewardship, explore the three fundamental components of successful church fund development and highlight the best practices for effective year-round generosity. More information about the workshop can be found in this flyer. The workshop is sponsored by the Ministerial Education Fund, the Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Foundation. The cost is $35 per participant and includes lunch, if registered before March 31, and $50 after that date. Webcast participants are $20, or $25 after March 31. To register, go to rmcumf.org.
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8
The next Five-Day Academy to be held in the Rocky Mountain Conference will be May 3 to 8 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Sedalia, Colorado. The theme is "Christian Spirituality in an Interfaith World" and the lecturers will include Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic practioners.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation® (Upper Room Ministries) provides a rich environment of grace for deepening the spiritual lives of committed individuals. Both lay and clergy reside in community with others who wish to seek God through a rhythm of study and prayer, rest and exercise, and solitude and relationship. The Five Day Academy is designed around a daily schedule including morning and night prayer, Eucharist celebrations, silence, spiritual community, covenant groups, and thoughtful faculty presentations - a balanced approach for head and heart.
The brochure and application information can be found at http://rmcumc.org/new/leadership-and-learning/spiritual-formation.html.
Mile High Pikes Peak Leadership Training - Feb. 7
Northeast Colorado Lay Servant Ministry Classes - Feb. 21 and 22
Vital Congregation Workshop at Riverton UMC, Wyoming - Feb. 28
Mile High Pikes Peak District Conference - March 7
Utah/WestCo youth invited to Westside Weekend - March 6 to 8
All Wyoming Round-up featuring Phil Maynard at First UMC Casper - March 14
Sunshine District Conference - March 21
The Sunshine District Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 21 at First UMC Pueblo, 310 W. 11th St., Pueblo, CO 81003. For more information, contact the Sunshine District office at 719-546-1523.
St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch to host "An Evening with Pennie Hunt" - Feb. 3
Vacation Bible School showcase with Cokesbury - Feb. 7
Want to get your hands on those 2015 Vacation Bible School starter kits before you order? Cokesbury has scheduled four VBS Showcase preview events in the Denver area in January and February. Each will give you the opportunity to examine more than a dozen VBS starter kits from your favorite publishers. Come watch the videos, listen to the music, ask questions and share ideas! Come and learn about what Cokesbury is offering for the 2015 VBS season.
- 11 a.m-1 p.m. Feb 7, Broomfield UMC, 545 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, Colo.
If you have questions or you would like to R.S.V.P., please call Lisa Max at 303-815-0864. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.
Connecting the Testaments Course at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - Feb. 8 to March 8
What is the Old Testament? What value does it have for Christians today? These are the questions we will explore in Connecting the Testaments, a five-week course designed to introduce you to the basics of the Old Testament and its relevance for Christianity. We will begin to unpack the story of God by closely examining select passages of the Old Testament (and New) with an eye for how God and humankind interact throughout the scriptures. Along the way, we will also connect the world of the ancient authors to the world of the modern reader. Amy L. Balogh comes to Hope UMC as a doctoral candidate in the Study of Religion with a focus in Biblical Interpretation at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Connecting the Testaments will be held on Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1 and 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $25 per person for the full five classes. For more information, call Hope UMC at 303-779-1040.
Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Feb. 21
A Workshop for Those in Ministry with Children
- Small Group Dynamics and Community Building for Families
- Special Needs Ministry - Visible and Unseen Challenges
- Safe Sanctuaries
- Developmental Theories and Learning Styles
- Helping Children Reach a Deeper Spiritual Level
- Liturgical and Special Seasons
- Sandy, Utah - Feb. 21
- Lyons, Colo. - TBD
- Rock Springs, Wyo. - TBD