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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    District trainings in the coming months

    January 15, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many Districts across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference have some great leadership training opportunities in the coming months. Below are some of the trainings taking place ordered by the dates that they are being offered.

    Mohawk District
    Mountain View District
    Finger Lakes District
    Crossroads District
    Adirondack District
    Niagara Frontier District
    Cornerstone District
    Binghamton District

    Mohawk District

    Mohawk District Leadership Summit
    Jan. 26, 2019
    9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    First UMC
    105 Genesee St.
    New Hartford, NY

    Free to attend! Choose two workshop options:

    1. Growing Your Church Through Collaboration: Mike Huber, UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries: Take a unique opportunity to learn about serving as a liaison between the local church and Camp & Retreat Ministries. Hear exciting opportunities happening in Camp & Retreat Ministries.CRM staff will make sure you know about opportunities to grow your local church, give you the latest info about summer camp discounts and  scholarships, and offer tips on amazing retreats in which you may personally want to take part.
    2. Finance: Bob Flask, UNY Conference Treasurer
    3. Human Resources/PPRC: Susan Latessa, UNY Human Resources
    4. Not Another Meeting! Rev. Aaron Bouwens, UNY Vital Congregations: Join us as we explore what it means to use the pattern of loving, learning, and leading to create an environment God can use to do even greater things that we can imagine.
    5. Missions: TBA
    6. Technology: Social Media Culture and Etiquette: Steve Hustedt, UNY Communications
    7. Trustees: TBA

    Everyone will have an opportunity to experience: Discipleship Systems: Pastor Brad Chesebro and Pastor Wayne Clemens

    Click here for a registration form. Pre-registration due by Jan. 23.

    Mountain View District Training

    Jan. 26, 2019
    9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Avoca United Methodist Church
    Jacobs Ladder, Avoca, NY 14809

    Laity and clergy join for worship and hear from local ministers about how they boldly answered their call. The day will consist of sessions to choose from in the morning and sessions to choose from in the evening. Some of the session topics include giving and stewardship, the benefits of a worship team, intentional discipleship, and more. The cost is $10, which includes lunch. If you are interested in just attending the morning or afternoon sessions, the cost is $5. Click here for information on the sessions and for a registration form.

    Finger Lakes District

    Feb. 1-2:  Servant Leader/Laity Retreat
    Feb. 6-7: Clergy Retreat
    March 28-29: Combined Clergy/Servant Leader Retreat

    Transforming Conflict in Communities of Faith
    This training is presented by the Finger Lakes District and the UNY Conference. It’s a two-part professional development and spiritual growth retreat at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center.

    Total Fee: $350 (actual fee is $650 but is being subsidized to make it affordable)
    Registration Fee: $100
    Balance of $250 due Feb. 1st
    Commuter discount: $50
    Registration Deadline: January 15th
    To learn more, click here.

    PART ONE: "Transforming Conflict as a Spiritual Practice"
    You can radically shift the nature of your conflict-interactions from negative and destructive to positive and constructive.

    Click here to register for the Feb. 1-2 Servant Leader/Laity Retreat.

    Click here to register for the Feb. 6-7 Clergy Retreat

    PART TWO: "Facilitating Effective Participation in the Heated Church Meeting"
    You will learn how to protect the meeting process, while at the same time support participants-in-conflict.

    Click here to register for the March 28-29 Combined Clergy / Servant Leader Retreat.

    *Please note all participants of part two must first have attended part one.

    Crossroads District

    Crossroads District Training Day
    Hosted by Crossroads District Leadership Team
    United Methodist Church Conference Center
    7481 Henry Clay Blvd.
    Liverpool, NY 13088
    Feb. 9, 2019
    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    This training day will consist of three different sessions with a variety of topic during each session. The registration cost is $5 and includes lunch. Some of the topics include growing your church with small groups, finance, mission opportunities for youth, drug/opioid epidemic, Facebook for your church, and more. Click here for a full listing of sessions with descriptions. Click here for a registration form.

    Adirondack District

    Adirondack District Leadership Team is hosting a District Workshop Day, “Informed to Transform”
    Saratoga Springs UMC
    175 Fifth Avenue
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    March 2, 2019
    9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    More than 20 workshops planned, facilitated by laity, clergy, community leaders, and Conference staff. Some of the topics include: intentional discipleship, walking the prayer labyrinth, hospitality, technology, Volunteers in Mission, mental health/addiction, and more.

    The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, with an opening worship at 9 a.m. There will be three 75-minute sessions and a luncheon, with communion offered during their closing time at 2:30 p.m. The $10 fee includes lunch. Childcare will be available. Topics and presenters will be announced in a brochure to be distributed later this month. Pre-registration will be required.

    If you have questions, please contact Carrie in the District Office at or call (518) 480-4866.

    There will be a similar event offered in the Fall at Plattsburgh UMC to enable people in this large geographical District to have the opportunity to participate without the hardship of long travel time.

    Niagara Frontier District

    Catch the Spirit Discipleship Gathering
    Clarence United Methodist Church
    10205 Greiner Rd.
    Clarence, NY 14031
    March 2, 2019
    8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    The theme of this gathering is “Therefore go and make disciples in my name.” There will be full-day workshops, worship, vendors, lunch, and mission collection. Workshops include topics such as discovering your spiritual gifts, biblical solutions for setting boundaries with needy people, keys for good sermon presentations, and more. The cost is $20/person and includes lunch. Click here for more information on the workshops and a registration form.

    Cornerstone District

    Cornerstone District Training
    Bemus Point UMC
    4954 Bemus-Ellery Rd.
    Bemus Point, NY 14712
    March 16, 2019
    Morning (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and fternoon (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) sessions of the following:

    Five Things Your Visitors Are Thinking But Won’t Ask: Guest Readiness Workshop led by Jason Moore, nationally known worship coach and author New Faith Communities led by Rev. David Masland, Director of New Faith Communities, Upper New York Conference
    Spiritual Gifts Discernment led by Susan Hardy, Upper New York Conference Lay Leader

    All-Day session:
    UNY Safe Sanctuaries® Training of Trainers led by Carol Barnes, Upper New York Conference Sexual Ethics Committee, and Roberta Anderson, Certified Safe Sanctuaries® Trainer for the Cornerstone District. This training is limited to 20 people who have completed the Basic 3-hour Safe Sanctuaries® Training since 2016; priority is given to those wishing to serve on their District’s training team. No cost for this training; $10 for lunch. Advance registration is required.

    The cost is $25 per person; 20% discount per person for 3+ registrants from your church. Cost includes morning coffee/snack, lunch and two workshops. Paid registration must be received by February 8.

    Safe Sanctuaries®-trained child care available, $5 per child. Advance registration required by February 8.

    To register, please call (716-665-2423) or email ( the District office.

    Binghamton District

    A Binghamton District Day Apart
    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center
    Founder’s Lodge
    501 William Law Rd.
    Windsor, NY 13865
    March 30, 2019
    9:30 a.m. -  3:30 p.m.

    “Praying with the Wesleys: Foundations of Methodist Spirituality” led by John R. Tyson. This day-long enrichment event that will focus on the spiritual lives of Susanna, John, and Charles Wesley as practitioners and shapers of a distinctive approach(s) to prayer.

    The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner and snacks.

    Space is limited. Click here for more information and click here for a registration form.

    TAGGED / Benefits and Administrative Services / Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM) / Communications / Connectional Ministries / Finance / Mission Central / New Faith Communities / Vital Congregations

    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."