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

    Perspectives: Meet the DLTs

    Meet the DLTs: Crossroads District

    September 3, 2019 / By Rev. Nola Anderson

    Winston Churchill said, “Excellence is caring more than others think is wise; risking more than others think is safe; dreaming more than others think is practical; expecting more than others think is possible.”

    The Crossroads DLT is made up of both laity and clergy. Our team meets monthly, except July and August. Over the past year, the Crossroads District Leadership Team (DLT) has been using the L3 model of loving, learning, and leading. We have studied the book The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney and we are learning to apply some of the principles in our work.

    Members take turns in leading the devotions and team building exercises at the start of our meetings. This year, our focus has been on discipleship and planning the Annual District Training Day. We spent time familiarizing ourselves with the” See All the People” material provided by the Discipleship Ministries. The members of the DLT paired off and provided training from this material, throughout the district, for all pastors and church leaders.

    This coming fall, we will be checking with pastors and congregations to see how they are doing with creating and implementing the Intentional Discipleship Plan in their context. The DLT will continue to serve as a resource to pastors and the local congregations. This month the DLT will have a planning retreat for 2019 to 2020.

    Our vision is that all pastors will become part of an accountability group by July 1, 2020.

    All the congregations in our district will have in place an Intentional Discipleship Plan by December 2020.

    We will spend time reading the book, Impact! Reclaiming the call of Lay Ministry, by Kay Kotan and Blake Bradford.

    The DLT will share information from this study with clergy and laity in the district.

    The DLT would work towards providing some online training.

    As a DLT, our aim is to unleash the gifts of people into the ministry of Jesus Christ as we partner in “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

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    With more than 125,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 800 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."