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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    CLT offers a bible study video for local churches

    October 10, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    How can members of local churches feel more connected to each other and more connected to other churches in their Conference?

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team is working diligently to strengthen these connections.

    Recently, the CLT developed a new Purpose Statement and one of the key points of their new purpose is to create alignment on all levels throughout the Conference.

    One way that the CLT hopes to improve alignment is through a bible study video that features members of the CLT. This video was produced by the Upper New York Conference’s Communications Ministry Area.

    This bible study video can be used by local churches across the Conference to help nurture alignment in accomplishing the mission of the Conference, “to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places” and the mission of the United Methodist Church, “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

    The video features five members of CLT (UNY Conference Lay Leader, Susan Hardy; Dean of the UNY Cabinet and District Superintendent of the Cornerstone District, the Rev. Sherri Rood; Valerie Clark; Drew Sperry, and the Rev. Steve Taylor) as well as Pastor Yohang Chun.

    The Rev. Sherri Rood said, “The bible study focuses on our quadrennial theme, Together in Prayer. It uses the ACTS acronym with an opportunity to pray and journal in a prayer journal or notebook, about each type of prayer:  Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.”

    In addition to fostering connection, another significant goal of the CLT is to equip local churches with tools they need to increase the capacity of Christ-following leaders. This video can be used as such a tool.

    CLT member Valerie Clark said, “We as Jesus followers know how powerful prayer is. In times such as these, praying alone or with others can soothe our souls and give us hope for the future. The bible study video is very useful tool for local churches and small groups.  The format is easy to follow and can be adapted to fit the needs of the group.”

    Click here to watch the bible-study video. Feel free to use it with your whole congregation or in small-group settings. It can be paused after each prayer type to offer time for prayerful reflection and journaling.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 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."