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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Advocate”

    How God has been calling me into pastoral ministry

    August 14, 2018 / By Gavin Hill, Eden United Methodist Church

    Editor's Note: The article below was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on churches and individuals that are boldly living their call. Read how young Gavin Hill, not even out of high school has already been called to pursue a career path into pastoral ministry. It’s important to know this when discerning God’s call—God whispers, he doesn&rsquo …more

    Becoming disciples through confirmation

    August 14, 2018 / By Heidi Gran, Director of Christian Education, First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush

    Editor's Note: The following article was published in the summer 2018 issue of the Advocate. This issue focused on ways in which churches and individuals are boldly living their call. Living boldly into a call can start as early as confirmation. In this article, Heidi Gran describes how successful their confirmation model has been in growing the faith of youth at First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush. Our church …more

    Q&A about baptism

    July 30, 2018 / By UMC Discipleship Ministries

    Q: What does United Methodism fundamentally believe about baptism? A: Baptism is a sacrament. In a sacrament, God uses common elements – in this case, water – as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Q: Is sprinkling the only way …more

    How baptism is related to your call

    July 30, 2018 / By The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on individuals and churches throughout the UNY Conference that are boldly living their call.  Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J Webb: Living Boldly

    July 24, 2018 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which shared stories on individuals and churches throughout the Upper New York Conference that are boldly living their call. Sarah, Abraham, Miriam, Moses, Sarah, Ruth, Joshua, David, Esther, Hannah, Solomon, Jeremiah, Peter, John, Mary Magdalene, and Paul. What do these individuals all have in common?  What do their lives offer to ours? These women and …more

    Moving outside my comfort zone through Leadership Academy

    June 25, 2018 / By Pastor Warren VanDewark, Edwards Chapel UMC and Watts Flats UMC

    Editor's Note: This article was originally publisged in the Spring 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on spiritually planning our way forward to create leaders and vital congregations in Upper New York. Leadership Academy is just what you would expect it to be; it’s about leadership, but that term “leadership” for the pastor could mean many things. Leadership Academy challenged my ideas of what the …more

    How God equips the called through Leadership Academy

    June 18, 2018 / By Rev. Caroline Simmons / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “You are enough.” These powerful words were spoken to each of us as we were anointed and commissioned to return to our congregations at the end of the “Change the World Conference” at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in March 2017. An important part of participating in the Upper NY Leadership Academy, is the incredible road trip we took to one of our United Methodist mega churches in …more

    What are the five markers of vitality?

    May 16, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Spring 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on developing vital congregations. Through the study of thousands of congregations in various contexts, there are five markers that have been consistent with high-vitality congregations: Inviting and Inspiring Worship Weekly worship services continue to be a primary place of connection with those who are already connected with the church as well as those who are …more

    Living into our potential through Pastoral Leadership Development

    May 8, 2018 / By Pastor Gary Kubitz, Co-facilitator of PLD in Albany DIstrict

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the Advocate, which highlighted different ways people and churches across the Upper New York Conference are spiritually planning their way forward. What does it mean to be a leader in the church in the 21st century? Many pastors across the Upper NY Annual Conference have been wrestling with this question as they are participating in Pastoral Leadership Development …more

    Building leaders in Upper New York

    May 2, 2018 / By Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens

    As the Upper New York Conference endeavors to embody the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and reach toward being the people that live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are God’s love with our neighbors in all places, three key outcomes have been identified by the Conference Leadership Team. Increase the number of transformational leaders Increase the vitality of existing …more



    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."