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1 New York Conference United Church of Christ Faithful Witness Compassionate Justice Bold Christian Leadership

2 our mission Revitalizing of Existing Congregations Revitalizing of Existing Congregations Planting New Churches Planting New Churches Advocating Justice and Compassion Advocating Justice and Compassion Empowering Youth and Young Adults Empowering Youth and Young Adults Engaging in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue Engaging in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue

3 Our Mission Equipping Ministers and Lay Leaders Equipping Ministers and Lay Leaders Resourcing Churches Searching for a New Pastor Resourcing Churches Searching for a New Pastor Mediating and Consulting During Crises Mediating and Consulting During Crises

4 Church Vitality Your OCWM makes this possible: Regional Vitality Programs and Congregational Development Summits Ministry Transformation Clusters Readiness 360 $153,171 budgeted for 2014 Reverend Freeman Palmer, Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development

5 Starting New Congregations El Nuevo Camino, Buffalo Journey UCC, Delmar Spirit of Peace, Kingston

6 Advocating Justice and Compassion To deploy the New York Disaster Response TeamTo deploy the New York Disaster Response Team To coordinate responses to national and international disastersTo coordinate responses to national and international disasters To network Justice & Witness Ministry PartnersTo network Justice & Witness Ministry Partners To promote LGBT Pride ActivitiesTo promote LGBT Pride Activities To resource Open and Affirming congregationsTo resource Open and Affirming congregations To communicate events and United Church of Christ ResourcesTo communicate events and United Church of Christ Resources Your OCWM allows the New York Conference:

7 Empowering Youth and Young Adults Annual State Youth Event Annual State Youth Event National Youth Event National Youth Event Regional Youth Event Regional Youth Event Youth Summits Youth Summits A Search for a full time Associate Conference Minister for Youth, Young Adult and Emerging Ministry is currently underway A Search for a full time Associate Conference Minister for Youth, Young Adult and Emerging Ministry is currently underway Your OCWM makes this possible:

8 Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Dialogue The Evangelical Church of Hessen and Nassau, Germany Mision Cristiana, Nicaragua

9 Equipping the Saints (Ephesians 4:12) Your support makes this possible: Interact with Local Authorized Ministry Groups Response to Authorized Ministers in Crisis Rapid Response to Conflict and Crisis Boundary Awareness Training Women’s Ministries (UCCNY Women) Authorized Ministers’ Retreats Communities of Practice Reverend Marian Shearer Associate Conference Minister for Clergy and Authorized Ministry Concerns

10 Leadership Development Reverend Dr. Marjorie Purnine, Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development New York School of Ministry (NYSOM) Lay Leadership Training and Development Ecumenical Networking of Lay Education Partnering with “MESA” (Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization) In 2014 $246,498 will be expended for authorized and lay leadership development

11 N ew York School Of Ministry Certificate Programs Open Enrollment Retreats

12 Ministry Oversight Reverend David R Gaewski, Conference Minister Ecumenical Partnerships with The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); New York State Council of Churches; the Evangelical Protestant Church of Hessen and Nassau, Germany, and Mision Cristiana, Nicaragua Collaborative ministry with other UCC Conferences Communication Networking including Happenings, Facebook, and Financial Advisement and Legal Counsel for Local Churches

13 Pastoral Leadership

14 Pastoral Transition There is an average of Churches undergoing pastoral transitions at any time.There is an average of Churches undergoing pastoral transitions at any time. The Conference Ministry team assists congregations in finding an Interim Minister; offers resources to the Local Church search committee; and provides candidate profiles.The Conference Ministry team assists congregations in finding an Interim Minister; offers resources to the Local Church search committee; and provides candidate profiles. The average cost to the Conference for placement services is approximately $7,000 to $12,000 per church The average cost to the Conference for placement services is approximately $7,000 to $12,000 per church

15 Our sources of Funding 54.2%

16 How will we reduce our reliance on enDowment principle? In 2013 we hope to begin a special annual offering called “UCC Covenant Share”In 2013 we hope to begin a special annual offering called “UCC Covenant Share” The UCC Covenant Share is proposed in the 2014 Conference Budget.The UCC Covenant Share is proposed in the 2014 Conference Budget.

17 Plan to address Deficit

18 What will “UCC Covenant Share” accomplish? First, the income funds will apply to eliminating the budget deficit.First, the income funds will apply to eliminating the budget deficit. The surplus funds available after the deficit is eradicated will be equally divided between:The surplus funds available after the deficit is eradicated will be equally divided between: additional support to UCC National Basic Support for the work of the wider church in this county and around the world. additional support to UCC National Basic Support for the work of the wider church in this county and around the world. Creation of a grant fund for local churches in the New York Conference for new ministry initiatives and leadership development. This new fund will be called “Resourcing the Local Church”.Creation of a grant fund for local churches in the New York Conference for new ministry initiatives and leadership development. This new fund will be called “Resourcing the Local Church”.


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