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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Resources for launching a New Faith Community

    November 15, 2021 / By The Rev. Abigail Browka

    Couldn’t make “What Now?” New Faith Communities’ three-part series about dreaming of connection in a church changed by the pandemic?

    No Problem!

    Click here to access the videos freely via New Faith Communities YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw7GLCeq91uNbXe6xQcB8ow   

    Learn about:

    • Fresh Expressions of Church from Luke Edwards
    • How to build Relationships with People Online from Paul Gomez
    • Gather in New Ways from Rachel Gilmore

    Each of these important topics touch on the ever-changing landscape of the Church today. How do Fresh Expressions of church reach new people and minister to loneliness? How do you effectively build relationship with people who visit your church online? And how do we gather in the midst of pandemic and meet people where they are?

    New Faith Communities anticipates in 2022 that we will be hosting a multi-week virtual Launchpad for churches and planters who are ready to reach new people. Launchpad invites you to discern, vision, gather, disciple, and worship in new ways. If you’re interested, please email davidmasland@unyumc.org by Jan. 15, 2022.


    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."