Council of Bishops President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton released a brief video message for Annual Conferences and local churches. The presentation is intended for use at their gatherings and/or via their communication channels. It was filmed and produced by United Methodist Communications and is available for viewing below and also for download on the NYAC video platform.

The piece was also published on the denomination’s official website.

The message builds off of points included in Bishop Bickerton’s Mid-Term State of The United Methodist Church Address and his address to the Council of Bishops (see below) in which he encouraged members to " reclaim, revive and renew” the beloved United Methodist connection.

“It’s now time for you and me to work together to architect the next expression of United Methodism. The future of The United Methodist Church hinges on our ability to deeply pray that God will give us the strength and the courage to do what we must, what we have been called to do all along,” stated Bishop Bickerton. “Let’s offer our radical love, genuine hospitality, and sincere engagement.” 

He stressed the importance of members inviting others to church as “ministry is always about building relationships and it’s always about taking someone along with you on the journey toward Christ-like holiness.” And that a renewed focus and response to making disciples for Jesus Christ is needed because “the missional work we have before us is absolutely vital.”

“What we have must be passed on with purpose and conviction,” he added. “Our ministries, our faith in Christ, our presence in communities around the world. These are vibrant, lifegiving, transformative opportunities to make this world a better place – the place that God envisioned for all of us. . . where everyone can thrive.”

“Bishop Bickerton has asked members to be architects of the UMC’s next steps, but in order to build you need the right tools,” said Jennifer Rodia the Chief Communications Officer at United Methodist Communications. “As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church denomination we’re honored to be a part of delivering timely resources and messaging, such as this inspirational video, to help churches at such a time as this. We hope that it will serve as an encouragement for members and leaders alike.”Rodia adds that “we encourage members to share this video with other members as we celebrate our shared values and mission and inspire others to #BeUMC.”


Watch the Mid-Term State of The United Methodist Church Address

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.