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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    ministries / Vital Congregations

    Tending the Soul

    Tending the Soul Program

    Tending the Soul is a program designed to train individuals in Spiritual Direction and Formation. As well as provide skills for leadership within their local congregations as well as District and Conference wide. The program will offer training in both one-on-one spiritual direction and group/congregational direction and formation. By the end of the first year, participants will be encouraged to discern the unique way in which they are being called to live out this ministry. The training will occur during six retreats, each four days in duration, spread over a two-year period, which will be held at Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Windsor, NY. The next opportunity for participation will begin with the following dates:

    • November 11-14, 2019
    • March 23-26, 2020
    • April 17-20, 2020
    • November 13-16, 2020
    • March 15-18, 2021
    • April 16-19, 2021

    Click here to download the brochure.
    Click here to download the application.

    Send your completed application, along with two recommendations electronically via email to the Rev. Nancy Dibelius or mail to:

    Rev. Nancy E. Dibelius
    Program Director
    198 Truesdale Hill Road
    Lake George, NY 12845

    Applications are due by September 15, 2019 (or earlier if the class fills as space is limited). Upon acceptance to the program, a non-refundable deposit of $100 is due. The first payment of $700 is due by November 1, 2019. All checks should be made payable to Upper New York Annual Conference.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."