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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Lay Servant Courses

    Please check with your respective district about the status of lay servant courses due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Adirondack District
    Albany District
    Binghamton District
    Cornerstone District
    Crossroads District
    Finger Lakes District
    Genesee Valley District
    Mohawk District
    Mountain View District
    Niagara Frontier District
    Northern Flow District
    Oneonta District 

    Adirondack District

    The Adirondack Lay Servant Ministries has begun work on courses we will be offering in 2022. We plan to continue offering the 7 courses required for Lay Speaker Certification, and are excited to be offering some new advanced courses to support you in your continuing faith journey. A complete listing of all our course offerings for next year will be coming out soon!

    If you feel called to ministry but are not sure where to start, the Basic Lay Servant course can help in your discernment process. This course is the foundation for all Lay Servant courses. In this course, you will be encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended. Participants are invited to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a leader in mission and ministry in the community and in daily life. If you are interested in this course, the next Basic Course dates are:

    Monday, January 10th  6-9 p.m.
    Thursday, January 13th  6-9 p.m.
    Wednesdays, January 19 and 26: 6-9 p.m.

    Via Zoom
    Course fee $15
    Facilitators: Lay Servant Ministries Team
    The text is “Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book.” 

    If interested please email the Registrar Arlene Schmidt at for a registration form.

    Albany District

    Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
    Mondays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 2022 via Zoom
    February 14, 2022 in person in at Capital Area Church
    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Course Fee: $10.00
    Facilitator: Bruce France –

    Basic Lay Servant Course
    Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 2022: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Hope UMC
    566 Brunswick Rd, Troy 12180
    Course Fee: $10.00
    Facilitator: Darlene Suto –

    Binghamton District

    Cornerstone District

    Crossroads District

    Finger Lakes District

    Genessee Valley District

    Fall Training Retreat
    Offering: Basic Lay Servant Course, Pastoral Care, Prayer, and United Methodist Heritage

    Nov. 5 – 7
    Asbury Retreat Center
    16 Lakeside Ave.
    Silver Lake, NY 14549
    Cost: Varies depending on accommodations
    **There is a scholarship available to those taking the Basic Course for the first time. See forms below.**
    Registration deadline: Oct. 22

    Click here for the brochure.
    **Scholarship information: Click here for scholarship information and click here for a scholarship application.**

    Mohawk District

    Mountain View District

    Niagara Frontier District

    Northern Flow District

    Dancing With Words
    January 8, 15, 22, & 29: 4 p.m.
    Ogdensburg UMC
    627 Caroline Street
    Ogdensburg, NY 13669
    Facilitator: Pastor Donna Fitchette
    For more information, contact the Northern Flow District Office.

    Oneonta District

    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."