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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    ministries / Spiritual Life

    Lay Leadership

    The Lay Leadership Training Guide is intended to provide guidance to Lay Leadership/Nominations Ministry Teams in local congregations to enable each individual congregation to live as fully as possible into God’s invitation for ministry in their local setting. The guide addresses the key elements outlined in The United Methodist Book of Discipline; identifying, developing, deploying, evaluating, and supporting the leadership in a local congregation.

    Click here for the complete guide.


    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."