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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    CLT and DLTs share time of love, learning, and leading

    November 7, 2017 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) hosted the District Leadership Teams (DLTs) from all 12 Districts in the Upper New York Conference at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. The day followed the Loving, Learning, Leading (L3) meeting model that the CLT has been using for their monthly meetings.

    Following a greeting and gathering time, the day started with a passionate time of worship, word, and communion. Upper New York Area Resident  Bishop Mark J. Webb brought the message, teaching from Nehemiah and reminding those gathered that the work of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem started with passion, connection, and moral imperative, before moving to planning.

    Time was taken to allow those gathered to experience the love of God and connect to the other leaders gathered through the shared love of Jesus. Only after the time was taken to worship and connect together did the focus turn to learning.

    The time of learning began with a review of the most important points for leading in the Upper New York Conference, Including: Mission and Vision, Purpose of the Conference, Primary Task, and definition of key terms. This time served as a reminder for those who have been at previous CLT/DLT meetings and a foundation for those who were new to these gatherings. All key points of information are available on the Conference website.

    With the foundation in place, the CLT moved into the main topic of the day, teaching and using the Ministry Action Plan (MAP) process. This process is a step by step tool that the Conference Leadership Team has been using to identify how to live into desired outcomes. In fact, how to empower the District Leadership Teams with tools like the MAP process is a MAP itself. Click here to review or download the MAP form. For questions or to learn more e-mail

    Only after the foundation had been put in place, and the MAP process had been explained well, did the day move into leading.

    The rest of the afternoon was spent with DLTs beginning work on their own MAPS to address key dilemmas in their Districts. As the DLTs worked on their MAPS, members of the CLT sat in on conversations to provide guidance and reinforce the process.

    The day ended with a time of questions and answers, as well as an acknowledgement that this is not easy work.

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."