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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Meet the DLTs

    Meet the DLTs: Cory Jones

    December 16, 2019 / By Cory Jones

    My name is Cory Jones and I am the pastor of Trinity UMC: Whitesboro. My role on the DLT has evolved over the years. The DLT was my first introduction into the work of the District/ Conference back in 2014. At that time, I was a Youth Group Leader at my home church Herkimer FUMC, and I was discerning my call to ministry. I joined the DLT as a laity before they were established in every District. In the time since then I went from being a laity on the team to a pastor so my perspective has changed quite a bit. In that time, I’ve become a Licensed Local Pastor, graduated from Seminary, and served three different congregations. Through that time the DLT has been a constant in an ever-changing time.  

    I believe the work of the DLT, much like the work of being a pastor, is contextual and the needs of our respective Districts can vary. It’s important to be flexible so we can adapt to the constantly changing needs of our communities. In my time on the DLT, we have had a focus on discipleship and faith sharing; we’ve also sought to keep our pastors connected through the development of our PACs. In the coming months and years, our work will continue to evolve but the mission will continue, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Having been a part of a team that seeks to keep us connectional has been a blessing and I look forward to what God has in store for our work in the future.

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    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."