New York Conference United Church of Christ Faithful Witness Compassionate Justice Bold Christian Leadership our mission • Revitalizing of Existing Congregations • Planting New Churches • Advocating Justice and Compassion • Empowering Youth and Young Adults • Engaging in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue Our Mission • Equipping Ministers and Lay Leaders • Resourcing Churches Searching for a New Pastor • Mediating and Consulting During Crises Church Vitality Reverend Freeman Palmer, Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development Your OCWM makes this possible: • Regional Vitality Programs and Congregational Development Summits • Ministry Transformation Clusters • Readiness 360 • $153,171 budgeted for 2014 Starting New Congregations El Nuevo Camino, Buffalo Journey UCC, Delmar Spirit of Peace, Kingston Advocating Justice and Compassion Your OCWM allows the New York Conference: • To deploy the New York Disaster Response Team • To coordinate responses to national and international disasters • To network Justice & Witness Ministry Partners • To promote LGBT Pride Activities • To resource Open and Affirming congregations • To communicate events and United Church of Christ Resources Empowering Youth and Young Adults Your OCWM makes this possible: • Annual State Youth Event • National Youth Event • Regional Youth Event • Youth Summits • A Search for a full time Associate Conference Minister for Youth, Young Adult and Emerging Ministry is currently underway Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Dialogue The Evangelical Church of Hessen and Nassau, Germany Mision Cristiana, Nicaragua Equipping the Saints (Ephesians 4:12) Your support makes this possible: Reverend Marian Shearer Associate Conference Minister for Clergy and Authorized Ministry Concerns • 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 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 New York School Of Ministry Open Enrollment Retreats Certificate Programs 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 www.uccny.org • Financial Advisement and Legal Counsel for Local Churches Pastoral Leadership Pastoral Transition • There is an average of 35-45 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 average cost to the Conference for placement services is approximately $7,000 to $12,000 per church Our sources of Funding OCWM 20.9% Other Fees&Services NCS/Revitalization 2.1% 54.2% 6.7% Bldg Maintenance Transfer Grants NY Help 9.7% Use of Endoment Funds How will we reduce our reliance on enDowment principle? • 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. Plan to address Deficit What will “UCC Covenant Share” accomplish? • 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: • 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”.