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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    The Rev. Adam Hamilton’s UNY Annual Conference 2016 Study Session Videos Now Available

    June 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The featured Study Session leader of the 2016 Annual Conference was the Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He led the Conference in three 90-minute training sessions throughout the day on June 3.

    Click here to download the handout/worksheet that accompanies Rev. Hamilton's lessons. 

    In his first lesson, Rev. Hamilton described the role of leaders. He reviewed five key leadership principles.

    1. It’s all about the people.
    2. Healthy organizations have a clear MVP (mission, vision, and plan).
    3. Change, innovate, improve, or die
    4. Intentional discipleship
    5. Discernment by nausea – being willing to do what unsuccessful churches are unwilling to do.

    Click here to watch the video of Rev. Hamilton’s first lesson.

    In his second session, Rev. Hamilton focused on effective worship and preaching. He discussed five components that are essential for a preacher to use in order to connect with the congregation. Sermons need to:

    1. Teach people something they didn’t know before.
    2. Inspire people.
    3. Call people to action.
    4. Relate to daily life.
    5. Be biblical.

    Click here to watch the video of Rev. Hamilton’s second lesson.

    Rev. Hamilton’s final Study Session included tips for churches on how to prepare for visitors, an emphasis on connecting evangelism and social justice, and advice on how to transition someone from a visitor to a member. Click here to watch the video of Rev. Hamilton’s final lesson.

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2016


    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."