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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Introducing the dashboard approach to measuring the effectiveness in fulfilling UMC mission in UNY

    June 29, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Over the last seven years, the Conference Leadership Team, District Leadership Teams, the Bishop’s Operational Team, and the Cabinet have worked in partnership to align Upper New York’s resources and energy around three key areas:

    • Increasing the capacity of Christ-following leaders
    • Multiplying the number of existing congregations that are highly vital
    • Creating a culture of planting through New Faith Communities

    Our experience over seven years has taught us that the lever we want to push to impact all three of these critical areas is singular: We need to Discover, Develop and Deploy MORE Christ-Following Transformational Leaders. These leaders will lead congregations to have clear, fruitful disciple-making pathways.  And, as people new follow these pathways, they will grow in their discipleship and respond to God’s call in their lives and become the next generation of leaders.

    Over the last few months the Conference Leadership Team, the Bishop’s Operational Team, and the UNY Cabinet have developed measurable goals for this work to be reached by June 30, 2025:

    • 100 percent of churches to have Disciple-Making Pathways/Plans (DMPs)
    • To Increase the number of new disciples made each year to 3600 by June 30,2025
    • To discover 2,700 new potential Christ-following transformational lay and clergy leaders, to develop at least 1,800 of them in learning cohorts, and to deploy at least 900 of them as co-leaders in 450 or more churches.
    • And to have 50 percent of the churches in Upper New York to be considered highly vital by June 30, 2025.

    Starting July 1, 2020, the Upper NY Conference will be divided into three Regions, with four Districts in each Region.  The focus of the Leadership Teams of each region will be Discovering, Developing and Deploying new leaders, in order to meet these goals.

    The campaign to reach these goals is referred to as the Discover, Develop, Deploy Christ-Following Leaders initiative.

    To measure how the UNY Conference is doing on fulfilling these goals, the Conference Communications Team has created a dashboard model.

    Currently, the needle for churches that have a Disciple Making Plan/Pathway in place is set at 19% as of July 1, 2020 Click here to read a factsheet about DMPs. This number is based on churches who answered YES on the “Do you have a DMP?” form that was used at the 2019 Charge Conferences. If you have since put a DMP in place, click here to update the form and watch the needle in this category move up.

    Because the Conference is just beginning this dashboard approach, the needles for the number of new disciples and Christ-Following Transformational leaders are both set at 0. Click here to read a factsheet about new disciples. Click here to read a factsheet about Christ-Following Transformational Leaders.

    Anytime you have a church member who becomes a new disciple using the identifiers on the New Disciple Factsheet, be sure to click here and fill out the Celebrating New Disciples form and watch the needle in that category move up! This form takes less than 30 seconds to fill out for each new disciple. The Conference Operational and Leadership teams have a goal of having 800 new disciples by January 1, 2021.

    Click here to check out the Identifying Christ-Following Transformational Leaders factsheet and if you know someone who would be a great leader (either lay or clergy), talk to them about it and if they are interested, click here to submit the Potential Christ-Following Leader form. The Conference Operational and Leadership teams have a goal of discovering 270 Christ-Following Transformational Leaders by January 1, 2021.

    The percentage of highly vital congregations is currently at 11 percent. Click here to read the Highly Vital Congregations Factsheet to read about the five factors that are markers of highly vital congregations.

    The COVID-19 pandemic may make it difficult to increase the needles on the dashboard. Despite the pandemic, dozens of churches are finding ways to live out the mission of the United Methodist Church. In time, the pandemic will be behind us. Be inspired to move the needles up in all the categories on the Discover, Develop, and Deploy dashboard!


    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."