Members from the Greater New York Conference (GNYC) churches were once again blessed during the annual United Camp Meeting held at Camp Berkshire on September 14. This powerful event brought together more than 2,000 members, making this an incredible and diverse gathering.
Robert Costa, General Conference associate ministerial secretary, was the featured speaker, who spoke on the theme “Reaping the Harvest.” Costa shared stories of how God brings victory amid difficulty. He reminded them that the harvest is ready; they only need to trust the One who has sent them and go forward with their evangelistic and witnessing efforts.
Among the featured musicians were the Queens-Corona Spanish Praise Team, the Korean Choir,
John Paul (violinist and musician from Florida), the First Ghana Youth Choir, and the Haitian Men’s Choir. Spirit-filled praise flowed throughout the auditorium to glorify God’s name.
This year, the GNYC Leadership Training School focused on improving and developing better ways to nurture the relationship between pastors and elders, providing stronger support for and more channels of evangelism. The net result was a special baptism, where pastors and elders participated in bringing 25 candidates to be baptized right after the worship service.
Another highlight of this year’s camp meeting was the graduation of 415 members who completed their elder, deacon, and deaconess certification, prophecy training, and family life basic and advanced training. Candidates attended classes during a seven-month program and, through a collaboration between GNYC and Andrews University, each graduate was able to receive continuing education credits This course assisted the elders, deacons, and deaconesses in their understanding of their biblical role in the local congregation.
Plans are ready for next year’s leadership training classes, and registration is open to the new candidates who want to focus on the crucial subjects of Sabbath School and Stewardship. God is doing amazing work in the Greater New York Conference. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will lead the workers into more significant and excellent ministry.
Tania Mangum, administrative assistant to the president, Greater New York Conference