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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    Vital Congregations


    Vital Congregations is a ministry of the Upper New York Conference that comes alongside congregations to help them be places that develop disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Hand to Plow process is one strategy this ministry uses to help churches increase their vitality.

    Vital congregations are easily recognized. These Spirit-filled, forward-leaning communities of believers grow, both numerically and spiritually, over time. Vital congregations join God in the work that God is already doing. These vital churches have powerful stories, measurable fruitfulness, and life-changing ministries.

    With more than 140,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 825 local churches and 90 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."