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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Leadership Academy

    Built around 16 competencies of transformational leaders, the Leadership Academy uses a combination of four, three day retreats, a capstone trip, and ongoing coaching to help leaders continue their development.

    Sessions for 2017-18 will be:

    • September 12-14: Spiritual Life retreat with Dr. Letterman
    • November 14-16: Rev. Jasmine Smothers
    • January 23-25: Dr. Kevin Watson
    • April: Capstone Trip
    • June 12-14: Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr.

    A note about finances. Upper New York provides many ways to help make growth and development opportunities affordable. First, the programs of Vital Congregations are subsidized through the New Beginnings Fund. Second, each person under pastoral appointment has reimbursement funds available for education. Third, the Board of Ordained ministry has grants available for continuing education by following this link:

    Deadline to register is Sept. 1, 2017.

    $200 non-refundable deposit is required to register, which will leave a balance of $1300.00. You may pay for this in one lump sum, or with installments. The first installment will be due September 19, 2017 of $500.00. The second installment is due November 28, 2017 of $500.00. The final payment of $300.00 is due January 30, 2018.

    7.2 CEU credits can be earned by attending

    Register Now!  


    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."