Leadership Summit 2017 Post-Report: Outcomes and Resources

October 02, 2017
Photo by Charmaine Robledo for the Mountain Sky Area
Submitted by the Rev. Youngsook Kang
Director of Connectional Ministry
Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church


Friends in Ministry:

Three outcomes came out of the 2017 Leadership Summit, which was held Sept. 23 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

They include the following:
  1. Become aware and educate members about food and water issues in the community (Internal education)   
  2. Develop relationships with community partners to set plans for completion of  community specific goals around food and water security (External education)
  3. Develop relationships with community officials for advocacy around food and water needs
People at the Summit came together to unleash their imagination to explore opportunities and equip congregations for the ministries that can impact people’s lives in their communities. 

Bishop Karen Oliveto articulated and deepened her vision of “Living into Beloved Community.”

Jeff Hirota, co-chairperson of the Board of Stewards, said, "The Summit was a significant response to Bishop Karen's call to action toward a Beloved Community. The participants worked hard to move from the 'what' through the 'so what' to the 'now what.' Ultimately, the difference we make as a connectional church – beginning with food security and clean drinking water for the marginalized – will depend on the power and commitment of the local churches acting as one body."

Resources from the Leadership Summit for your reference: The Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Board of Stewards, is a gathering of all elected leaders who serve on conference boards and agencies with the purpose of engaging in program planning for the upcoming year. Each year, the office of Mission and Ministry invites leaders to a conversation to envision the future of various work areas of the conference.