May 25-26 in Tarrytown, New York
Business Items (Proposed Bylaw Revisions)
ANNUAL MEETING 2017 INFORMATION
Updated: March 27, 2017
Scripture, Theme and Logo: Leading off the Map
Dates: May 25-26, 2017
Authorized Minister’s Retreat: May 24-25, 2017
Speaker: Rev. Jim Herrington
Facility: Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Note: The Westchester Marriott is out of rooms for our group rate on Wednesday, May 24. An additional block of rooms has been secured at the Hampton Inn, Elmsford -- which is a 7 minute walk or a 1 minute drive from the Marriott -- at the same price as the Marriott, $139. For reservations, call the hotel at 914-592-5681; the rooms the rooms are held under the organization name "Regional Synod of New York", which is also the name of the event.
Annual Meeting Registration: https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceId=59&profileId=364
Pre-Annual Meeting Authorized Ministers' Retreat Registration: https://arena.nyucc.org/default.aspx?portal=4&page=3352&occurrenceId=77&profileId=382
Registration --- $73.50
Meals – All three --- $127.50
Dinner – Thursday Night --- $64.50
Breakfast – Friday --- $28.50
Lunch – Friday --- $34.50 (Annuitant Luncheon by invitation only)
Authorized Ministers Retreat --- $111.00
Registration Closes on May 17, 2017 at midnight.
Click here to register for the Annual Meeting choir.
|Number of Members||Number of Delegates|
1 - 250
251 - 500
501 - 750
751 - 1000
1001 - 1250
1251 - 1500
1501 - 1750
1751 - 2000
- Vote on the 2018 Conference Budget
- Vote on a slate of Nominees for Conference Board and General Synod Delegates. To be posted on conference website.
- Vote on proposed revisions to the By-laws of the Conference (To Be Posted online and sent via email before April 24th).
Session One - Off the Map - A Different Way of Leading
Learning Objective: In this session I will assert that effective leadership in the post-modern, post-Christian age will require that leaders learn a different way of leading. Participants will increase their understanding of adaptive leadership and be able to distinguish operational/technical leadership from adaptive leadership.
In Session One I will draw from the historic American story of Lewis and Clark as an illustrative base from which I will describe the difference in operational leadership (on-map leadership) and adaptive leadership (off-map leadership). I will tell congregational stories and stories from the book of Acts to illustrative adaptive leadership skills. I will assert that in the post-Christian world, that effective leaders must become masters of adaptive (off-map) leadership.
Break - 2:30 pm
Session Two - Developing a Culture of Growing Emotional Maturity
Learning Objective: in this session, I will assert that for leaders and congregations to master adaptive leadership, they must simultaneously learn how to foster a culture of growing emotional maturity – first for themselves and then for other leaders in their congregation.
In this session I will review some of the basic ideas of Bowen Family Systems Theory and then challenge the group to take on the task of developing a congregational culture of growing emotional maturity. I will hold up Jesus’ emotional maturity as the maturity to which the church must aspire in this off-map context. Jesus simultaneously experienced his belovedness in God, a deep connection to whoever was in front of him at any given time, and a deep connection to himself. I will tell congregational stories where leaders are working to increase the emotional maturity of all of its leadership.
Session Three - Missional Practices for Off-Map Leadership
Learning Objective: In this session I will assert that there are some missional practices that empower leaders to conduct adaptive leadership experiments in their context. Participants will learn five practices that empower them to map the new mission field that congregations encounter today.
In this session I will describe five basic practices that congregations are engaging (and that require growing emotional maturity). These are practices that help map the unknown territory of the new (post-modern, post-Christian) mission field. I will tell congregational stories of the impact of these practices in various contexts.
Vespers - 8:30 pm
May 25 9:00
Learning Objective: In this session I will assert that effective leadership works to generate and sustain creative tension. Participants will consider the impact of developing a narrative of current reality and a narrative of an emerging future and then holding those narratives in creative tension over time.
In this session I will dive more deeply into the description of adaptive leadership, giving specific attention to generating and sustaining creative tension as a requisite skill for leaders to master. Leaders will be challenged to develop clear, shared, and compelling narratives of current reality and of the emerging future to which they are seeking to lead the congregation.
Break 10:15 am
Learning Objective: In this session I will assert that self-care is also central to the work of leaders as they go off map with others in their congregation. Participants will develop or renew a plan for self-care that empowers them to thrive as an adaptive, missional leader.
In particular I will reflect on the importance of owning your own story, of developing a rhythm of spiritual practices that not only sustain you but grow you inner strength to face bigger and deeper challenges. And I will describe the importance of doing the off-map leadership with a team.
He is the co-author of three books – Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide to the Transformational Journey, The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation, and the soon to be published No Quick Fixes: Hopeful Stories of Unlearning Church (Kregel Publications, available May 27, 2017)
Jim lives in Houston and has been married to his best friend for 44 years. They have five children and four grandchildren.
Proposed Bylaw Revisions -- On Saturday April 1st, the Conference Board of Directors voted to recommend By-Law revisions to the Annual Meeting in May. With the exception of the Personnel Committee section, most all of these revisions are minor editorials. Because we are having some, and anticipate more, fluctuation in the number of Associations in the Conference, we have eliminated the references to nine Associations and made the wording workable with whatever number of Associations we may have at any given time.
To have the Associations of the New York Conference vote to add a $2.00 Conference per capita to their Association per capita invoice which each Association will then forward to the Conference. If all Associations agree to this new policy, the Conference will discontinue the Covenant Share special offering.
[Reformed Association will be exempt from this due to the fact that they are already paying a Conference per capita (assessment)].
The Associations are being asked to take this vote prior to the 2018 Annual Meeting. It will require a positive vote of all Associations for this policy to take effect in 2019.
Rationale: Compliance rate to the Covenant Share offering is low. Largest annual amount received was approximately $27,000. Full compliance would result in a Per Capital income line item of $66,000. Churches respond well to the Association per capita invoice. This is a system used in many UCC Conferences.