Sensing the urgency of the call to “send forth labourers into the harvest” (Luke 10:2, KJV), the Greater New York Conference (GNYC) has been aggressively pursuing a path of engaging its members in a program of intensive, Bible-based training, with the focus on quality training for leaders of local congregations. The participants—diverse in age, gender, and ethnicity—are a testimony to inclusivity in engaging the members and the wide appeal of the program. Each month, participants attend classes to hone their skills in collaborative engagement, while exploring best practices for leaders of 21st-century congregations.
Five hundred elders, deacons, deaconesses, and leaders participated in the GNYC Leadership Convention in Yonkers, New York, on the weekend of June 22-23. The leadership convention served as one of the major requirements toward certification, which is offered by Andrews University. This group of leaders will graduate on September 14 at the GNYC United Camp Meeting. The end goal is to cover each department of the church.
Seminars, spirit-filled speakers, and praise services contributed in forming the basis for this never-to-be-forgotten experience. There were many who expressed feeling rewarded as they saw departmental directors, pastors, staff, and volunteers working together in selfless service. Attendees and presenters described the leadership convention as spiritual, well-organized, and uplifting. In Proverbs 3:13 (NKJV) it says, “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.” Praise God for the inspiration to work together.
“When we look at this convention through God’s eyes, we see His gifts fostered in us for the restoring of His creation to full harmony with His perfect will and righteousness. Therefore, our resolve is to continue this mission of discipling, teaching, and serving,” said Henry Beras, GNYC president.
President’s office, Greater New York Conference