New York Annual Conference Mission/Vision/Core Values

We strive to share God’s love by creating safe places where all are accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ.

We see strong leaders who develop vital congregations that eagerly make new disciples, actively nurture existing disciples, and passionately advocate for the needs and concerns of all people.

Core Values
The values that drive us are deep love for God and unconditional love for all people.  We value collaboration and partnerships that demonstrate God’s love to a world that divides and alienates.  We value relationships that foster accountability, excellence, and an ability to engage in open, honest, and respectful conversations.  We value the hope that we have in Christ that, when discovered, brings us a unity of purpose, a joy that enlivens our spirit, and a peace that surpasses all understanding.

- Approved by the Connectional Ministries Vision Team, January 2018

News from the Conference Center and Beyond

**Note to all Clergy and Laity:
Have you taken your required "Boundaries and Sexual Ethics" class?  If not, the fall session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 9AM - 3PM at the Conference Center in White Plains.  Please register online through the NYAC website.
If you have questions, please email Gail Douglas-Boykin at


Upcoming Opportunities

10/6 ERT Basic & Recertification Trainings
Boundaries Training for Clergy & Laity**
10/13 Mission/Disaster Response Leader Training
10/27 Conference UMW Annual Meeting

10/30 ERT Recertification Class
11/17 Laity Convocation with Sue Nilson Kibbey -    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
11/28-12/5 North Carolina Early Response Team Trip


Register Now for the
Bishop's Fall Clergy Retreat
at the Tarrytown House Estate

Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Conference will be the keynote speaker. ?

This year's theme is "The Anatomy of Peace."  All clergy are encouraged to read this book from the Arbinger Institute before attending the retreat. The book is available at Cokesbury.

Additional Opportunity on October 31
Spiritual renewal event - "Seeking a Heart of Peace" (1-6PM), led by Rev. Beth Jones.

Also at the Tarrytown House Estate...

Our 2018 Laity Convocation

November 17, 2018

With Sue Nilson Kibbey, author of 
Flood Gates - Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church

Register online 


Rent the Kingswood Farmhouse and plan your own retreat. Kingswood makes it easy!

    The farmhouse can comfortably house 22 guests, dormitory style, in 4 bedrooms. The farmhouse has 2 1/2 baths for more convenience. The upstairs main bathroom was remodeled in November of 2014; the downstairs bedroom and bathroom were remodeled in 2016. A dining area and a large living room make it easy to gather for fellowship, games, or meetings.
     The farmhouse kitchen has lots of room for cooking and is fully equipped. The kitchen includes a spacious refrigerator, a 6-burner commercial gas stove and oven; a microwave, dishwasher, 2-basin sink, plus extensive food prep gear. Guests bring their own bed linens and food. An overseer will open the facility and close it after guests leave. Firewood is provided for the airtight stove, which can heat the entire house. Hot water and forced air heat are produced by modern heating units.

Click here to learn more.

Deep Green
Journey 2.0

Encountering God in the Natural World

A Retreat at the Kingswood Farmhouse
October 19-21, 2018

Discover how our connection with nature can re-awaken us to God’s trans-formative presence in our lives. Throughout the changing seasons, we can experience God’s invitation to gently release, silently receive, creatively renew and courageously respond to the changing seasons in our own live.
For more information and to register, contact Holly Moore @ 845-702-5766 or
For a tentative weekend schedule, visit the Kingswood website.

You are invited to join Rev. HyoungDock Yoo as he travels to South Korea in 2019.

Who can go: Ministers of the LORD in service of all people, in NYC
Time: April 23- May 1, 2019 
          (Easter Sunday- April 21)

Place of stay: Boo Pyung Methodist Church, 
          Incheon, S. Korea

Cost: All you need to pay for is your Air Ticket to (ICN- Incheon, S Korea).  All costs while there will be paid by the host church congregation.   

For more information and to register, please contact Rev. Yoo (Grace UMC.  917-597-9833),


A Day with Brian McLaren
Presented by PRC
The Future of Christianity: Does Christian Faith have a future,
and does the future  have Christian faith?

Saturday October 13, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Arumdaun Presbyterian Church
1 Arumdaun St, Bethpage, NY 
Registration and breakfast will start at 8:30 

Register Now


September Webinars
Presented by PRC

(Practical Resources for Churches)

Click the title for more information
or the register. All webinars are recorded and after the live presnetation you will receive a link to the recording.
On Line Courses through PRC

The Changing 21st Century Sunday School Online Course
Monday October 8, 2018 through Monday, October 29, 2018
Cost: $45
Leader: Debbie Kolacki

Check out our Facebook Group:  to join, search for NYAC Abundant Health Ministry from your FB page, then send us a request to join.  


NYAC Abundant Health Ministry

Hulapalooza Coming in November:

Saturday, November 10 at Brooklyn: John Wesley UMC (LIW District)

Would you like to learn more about Hulapaloozas, or how to plan an Abundant Health Expo?  Please contact Wendy Vencuss at   

Lay Servant Classes

See Schedule for Lay Servant Classes


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