2017 Annual Conference

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June 7 through 10, 2017 at Hofstra University

Registration is Now Closed

There will be no late registrations, and no onsite registration.

Guests are always welcome to come and view the proceedings — no need to register; please sign in at the Hospitality Desk in the lobby of the Hofstra Arena to get a name tag. Meal tickets can be purchased in the check-in area (unfortunately “special” meals will not be available). 

More Information

Agenda Health Kits
Annual Conference Choir Live Streaming
Babysitting & Children’s Programming Request to be Excused from Annual Conference
Constitutional Amendments Reports, Petitions, Resolutions
Day of Dance Conference Scholarships and Awards Presented at Annual Conference
Display Tables Volunteers Needed!
Directions to Hofstra University Workshops










Summary agenda, 5/31/2017

Annual Conference Choir

All are invited to sing God's praise with this year’s choir on Saturday, June 10th. Saturday’s rehearsal time is 8:45 a.m.; Ordination Service begins at 10 a.m. 

For any additional information please contact Raymond Trapp, Director of Music or Ian Wharton, Coordinator at music.worshipnyac@gmail.com.

Babysitting & Children’s Programming

The conference is offering Safe Sanctuaries-certified babysitting (infants and pre-schoolers) and children’s programming (school aged) free of charge. You will be able to request babysitting during the registration. If you sign up for this option, Cassandra Negri, NYAC children’s ministries consultant, will be in touch with you with more information as we move closer to the conference. 

5 Constitutional Amendments Head to Vote

UMNS | General Conference delegates had their say last year. Now, it’s up to annual conference voters to determine whether five amendments will become part of The United Methodist Church’s constitution.

In the coming months, the voters will consider changes that address matters of gender equality, inclusiveness in membership, delegate and bishop elections, as well as bishop accountability. 

To be ratified, a constitutional amendment first requires at least a two-thirds vote at General Conference, which happened in May 2016. Then, it must win at least a two-thirds majority of the total voters at annual conferences around the world.

The voted started at the Liberia Conference in February, and will continue through potentially early next year, depending on when annual conferences hold their meetings. The Council of Bishops will certify the results at its next meeting after the voting concludes.

Read full article>>

Day of Dance Conference

All are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual  Day of Dance Conference to be held from Friday, May 5 to Saturday, May 6. All are welcome. No experience is needed. Some dance pieces will be used to minister throughout the conference. However, all are welcome to participate in the Day of Dance Conference.  

Please contact Rev. Sheila M. Beckford at Sheila.Beckford@nyac-umc.com for more information or click here to register. Registration deadline is May 1.

Display Tables

Ministry display tables on the upper level of the arena are available with reservations through Rev. Matt Curry. Please email your request to mcurry@nyac.com or in writing to: Rev. Matt Curry, NYAC, 20 Soundview Ave, White Plains, NY 10606-3302.  Space is offered to conference and church agencies on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions to Hofstra University

Click here for detailed directions.

Health Kits

Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster.  

These kits will be collected on Wednesday and Thursday in the arena. For information about building a health kit, go to: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Health

Live Streaming

All events in the arena (where the worship and plenary sessions take place) will be lived streamed and include captioning for the hearing impaired. Live streaming begins with Opening Worship on Wednesday, June 7. The link to the live stream will be posted here.

Request to be Excused from Annual Conference

It is Bishop Bickerton’s expectation that all clergy and elected laity will be in attendance at the 2017 Annual Conference Session.

If an absence is necessary – the individual – clergy, laity, provisional members and local pastors – must report by letter (written –  email acceptable) to the Conference Secretary (confsecy@nyac.com) the reason for the absence. Book of Discipline ¶602.8.

The request must be submitted by May 26, 2017. 

Reports, Petitions, Resolutions

All reports, petitions and corporate resolutions to be considered by the annual conference shall be in the hands of the conference secretary six weeks before the beginning date of the annual conference in order to be included in the pre-conference reports booklet. The 2017 due date is April 26. Please email your document to Margaret Howe, conference secretary, at confsecy@nyac.com.

Please see the Conference Rules in the 2016 Journal for exceptions to these deadlines (www.nyac.com/2016journal - Section X, Rule 27)

Pre-Conference Reports, 5/6/2017

Loose Sheet - Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) (the report in the full document above will be renamed, "Conference Finance & Administration" — these are two different reports)

Scholarships and Awards Presented at Annual Conference

Shirley Parris Service Award

For Exceptional, Uncompensated Service to the United Methodist Connection — Nominees should exemplify the selfless and loving example of Ms. Shirley Parris, whose lifelong devotion to Jesus Christ was expressed through her service to the local church, the New York Annual Conference, the Northeastern Jurisdictional and General Church. A resolution recommending this award was unanimously passed at the 2011 NYAC Annual Conference. Nominations for the 2017 Award are to be received no later than May 1, 2017.  For more information and the nomination form>>

Local Education Scholarships

Information about all local scholarships listed below can be found here>> Most applications are due in May.

Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Fund Scholarship 

Established by the generosity of his friends after his passing.  Dr. James had hoped that this scholarship would be able to encourage young people who aspire to be agents for the transformation of the world. 

The United Methodist City Society 2017 Urban Ministry Scholarship Program

Priority in the awards will be given to persons who have a desire to enter full time ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church in an urban setting.  

New York Education Society Fellowship Program

The NYES Fellows and Scholars scholarship assistance supports NYAC students attending an accredited college, university, technical, professional or graduate school. 

Gloster B. Current Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Gloster B. Current, Sr. to encourage young persons of African descent to pursue careers in public service such as the ministry, social work, health care or government service

Volunteers Needed!

Please consider signing up to volunteer.


You are invited to sign up to be an usher at the Annual Conference Session. Once we have the list of volunteers we will send an email outlining the types of ushers: communion, offering, voting, general. Please sign up during registration.

There will be a set of instructions for each type of usher.  Because there will be changes to the “way we have always done things,” there will be a required “walk through” for Communion Ushers, prior to Opening Worship.

Your responsibilities and performance as an Usher are critical to making our events at conference run smoothly.

Worship Team Assistants

The Worship Team invites all clergy and laity with gifts and passion for creative and inspiring worship to join us in planning various services for annual conference. If you are interested, please contact co-chairs Rev. Heather Sinclair (heather.sinclair@nyac-umc.com) or Rev. Alex da Silva Souto (alex.souto@nyac-umc.com).

Other Opportunities

During registration there is an opportunity to sign up for other assistance: Hospitality/greeter, stage hand and assistance with “Telling Your Story.” Your help will be greatly appreciated!


Workshops are back by popular demand! After the success of last year’s ministry workshops, we will be offering new opportunities for members of Annual Conference to experience meaningful and relevant ideas to take back to their local churches. Descriptions of the workshops and presenters can be found here: http://www.nyac.com/2017-workshops

Topics for 2017 will follow our conference emphasis on Disciple-making and will include:

  • Christian Discipleship and the Black Lives Matter Movement - Ben McBride
  • Creating New Spaces for New Faces - David Gilmore
  • Developing Meaningful Men’s Ministries in Your Local Church - Gil Hanke
  • Preaching in Contentious and Uncertain Times - Gennifer Brooks
  • Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way - Scott Hughes
  • 21st Century Disciple Making - Jeff Campbell
  • Unmasking Ableism: Opening Our Churches and Our Ministries to All - Evy McDonald and Michael Barry

Call to Conference

This document has been mailed to all clergy and pastors of churches, and all lay members of annual conference. Click here for the electronic version.