The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church was created when the New York churches of four former conferences - North Central New York, Troy, Western New York and Wyoming Conference - united to better serve the ministry needs of the local church and the community.
With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 active new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state.
To make Disciples for the transformation of the world.
To live the gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places.
As United Methodists, we seek to enhance and expand the mission and ministries of local churches by joining together as an annual conference. The Book of Discipline in ¶601 defines the purpose of the annual conference as: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God.”
In fulfilling this purpose, the primary tasks of the Upper New York Annual Conference are to:
- Recruit, train, equip and deploy transformational clergy and lay leadership so that our congregations will joyfully and faithfully live out the vision of UNY.
- Resource our local churches with effective tools and practices for effective disciple-making in the 21st century, and re-forming the church for vitality, relevance and fruitfulness.
- Nurture a planting culture where people are recognizing the movement of the Spirit in their neighborhoods to plant new communities of faith; and, provide the training, support and resources needed for people to plant new, sustainable communities of faith.
- Align resources to support the purpose of the annual conference and the mission of the local church and implement a system of accountability for mission and ministry at all levels.
- Communicate how we share a common mission as United Methodist Christians in the 21st century.