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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Advocate”

    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

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: God’s love in all places

    October 31, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    The fall 2017 edition of the Advocate is available on our website and has also arrived at local churches. This issue focuses on Being God’s love to our neighbors in all places.  In this issue, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb reflects on a blog he read by Rich Robinson, who describes what it means to be m.i.s.s.i.o.n.a …more

    When God takes over

    September 5, 2017 / By The Rev. Gary Kubitz, First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville

    Editor's Note: For the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate, we asked members across the UNY Conference to share stories of when they have had to trust that God is enough. Rev. Gary Kubitz, of the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, responded with a story. If you have a story of when you had to trust that God is enough, submit it to news@unyumc.org. During my first …more

    Overcoming the challenge of a part-time pastoral appointment

    August 22, 2017 / By Lori Bruno-Taylor. Owl's Head UMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate. A pastor is called to serve God in all settings, at all times. Part-time does not change what we are called to do, it just challenges us to trust that God is enough when time, schedules, and resources do not appear to be enough. God has a way of teaching us to work as the Body …more

    Love, Grow, Serve, The story of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship

    August 21, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Notw: This article was previously published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate, which had the theme of Trusting that God is enough. The story of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship (CCF) in the Mohawk District showcases how a New Faith Community becomes a success by trusting that God is enough. Starting in 2008-2009, the initial meetings of CCF took place from at the old Trenton Town Hall in Barneveld, …more

    Rowing toward shore after my husband’s death

    August 15, 2017 / By By Jan Rothfuss

    My husband’s death was not completely unexpected but I was holding on to the thought that we would be together a while longer. After all, he had survived his initial bought with cancer in 2013 and 2014 was a great year, including the birth of our first grandchild and a road trip together out to Colorado. But in June of 2015, he was called home. While I had experienced the death …more

    God’s strength throughout my life

    August 14, 2017 / By Rev. Rhonda Kouterick, Horseheads UMC

    When have I had to trust that God is enough? When haven't I? And when haven't you? Here are some times throughout my life when I have trusted that God is enough: It was when I went off to seminary with a sleeping bag and $75 in my pocket with no guaranteed place to stay and thinking I could buy what books I needed for the semester; The housing …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."