NY Annual Conference Resident Bishop and Council of Bishops President, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, delivered the Mid-Term State of The United Methodist Church Address on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

The recorded address, released simultaneously on the COB, NYAC, and UM COMM digital platforms came on the 
heels of Bishop Bickerton’s 
Ash Wednesday Message, where he encouraged United Methodists to "use the Lenten season to pray that God will create within us a clean heart and a renewed spirit."

“I pray that members will take time to listen to this message and join in the creation of beloved community in each of our settings as we begin to dream about what God is calling us to do and be as United Methodists.

Together, may we forge ahead in being rooted in the Bible, praying, making disciples for Jesus Christ, sharing the Gospel message, and working for peace and justice so that all may experience the new life we find in the Lord,” said Bishop Bickerton. He added that “I’m proud to #BeUMC and celebrate the work of mission and ministry being done by local churches and individual United Methodists in living out their faith as people of God.”

Those who have yet to watch the video in its entirety, watch again, or share the content are encouraged to view below and download a copy to host a viewing in your local church

A downloadable Discussion Guide offering scripture readings and opportunities to engage in conversations with other United Methodists on key points from the address will follow shortly after the video presentation.