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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

    Perspectives: 2022 Casowasco LIT

    Casowasco’s Leaders in Training program introduction

    July 28, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 24 - July 22, 2022 Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held the first-ever Leaders In Training (LIT) program. This program invited high school students between the ages of 16 and 17 to learn how to become leaders in both a camp and ministry setting. Not only did their confidence grow, but also, they learned about the importance of team work while trusting in God.

    David Weber Jr., site director at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center, said this is the first time anything like this has been offered in the Upper New York Conference. “The LIT training was a remarkable success. The LIT candidates grew tremendously in their faith walk, in their individuality, and as a team. They learned what it means to lead a team in a Christian setting for the transformation of the world.”

    Taking part in this journey were Kylie VanPatten, Ashley Dillon, Ryan Caldwell, Freddy Weber, Joel Cooper, and Kate McKenzie. They were guided by counselors Shannon Sierzenga and Terrence Henry.

    David said the program will be ongoing. "I am going to do this as long as I can, to build leaders for the next generation of the Church.”

    Over the next few weeks, you'll meet the six Upper New York teens who embarked on this one-of-a-kind journey and hear how they evolved over the course of four-weeks.

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and 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."