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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Discover, Develop, Deploy Christ-Following Leaders Initiative

    How can we assure that Upper New York is making more disciples? What does it take for more people to say “Yes!” to following Jesus?

    Over the last seven years, the Conference Leadership Team, the Bishop’s Operational Team, and the UNY Cabinet have developed measurable goals for this work to be reached by June 30, 2025:

    • 100 percent of churches to have Disciple-Making Pathways/Plans (DMPs)
    • To increase the number of new disciples made each year to 3600 by June 30, 2025.
    • To discover 2,700 new potential Christ-following transformational lay and clergy leaders, to develop at least 1,800 of them in learning cohorts, and to deploy at least 900 of them as co-leaders in 450 or more churches.
    • And to have 50 percent of the churches in Upper New York to be considered highly vital by June 30, 2025.

    The campaign to reach these goals is referred to as the Discover, Develop, Deploy Christ-Following Leaders initiative.

    To measure how the UNY Conference is doing on fulfilling these goals, the Conference Communications Team has created a dashboard model. The needles in each category will move when DMP, New Disciple, and Christ-Following Transformational Leader forms are submitted.

    Click the following links for forms and more information:

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."