New York School of Ministry
                 Winter Update
January 2016           
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NY Conference UCC
5575 Thompson Road
DeWitt, NY 13214
For NYSOM information
315-446-3073 x16
Rev. Marjorie Purnine
For help registering
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Patti Rodrigues

Important Dates
Word & Sacrament Practicum Session 
The Winter Practical Issues in Ministry Practicum Session will be webconferenced on Sat,  Jan 23, from 10am-3pm.
Old Testament II
Webconferenced course:
Sundays: Jan 24 & 31,
Feb 7, 21 & 28, Mar 6 & 13 (7-9pm).  Wednesdays: Jan 27,  Feb 3 & 17, Mar 2, 9 & 16 (7-8pm).  This course is open only to students who have completed this fall's Old Testament I. 
Advanced Topics in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Webconferenced course: Saturdays: February 6, March 12, April 9 (9:30-4:45 with 1/2 hr. lunch break).  Registration deadline is Jan 22. For more information or to register, click here.
Congregational Life
Webconferenced course: Saturdays: April 23 & 30, May 14 & 21 (9:00-2:30 with 1/2 hr. lunch break). Registration deadline is April 8.  For more information or to register, click here
NYSOM Information Nights
Jan 21 and Feb 2: 7-8pm.
Email mpurnine@uccny.org if you'd like to join a session.
Save the Dates!
Learning Events in 2016:  April 15-16 at The Haven at Star Lake (r egistration will open on February 1).  October 28-29 at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua.
NY Conference MID & Mentor Retreat 
July 15-16 at Stony Point Center. Information will be sent directly to Members in Discernment soon.

From the Dean's Desk


Last summer, the UCC's Center for Analytics, Research, and Data(CARD) produced a fascinating report on their research exploring the relationship between ministerial excellence and congregational vitality. I would encourage you to check it out at this link. The study found that there are particular marks that  are  highly correlated with congregational vitality, which most UCC ministers need to strengthen: 
1. The ability to mutually equip and motivate a community of faith
2. The ability to lead and encourage ministries of evangelism, service, stewardship and social transformation 
3. The ability to read the contexts of a community's ministry and creatively lead that community through change or conflict
4. The ability to frame and test a vision in community

Marsha Williams and I have decided to focus most of the year's educational offerings on these particular marks of ministerial excellence. At NYSOM's learning events, we will offer the opportunity for participants to hone old skills and gain new ones.  Our spring learning event will be  held on April 15-16, in Black River-St. Lawrence Association, at a beautiful retreat center, called The Haven.  We're delighted to have Rev. Beth DuBois as our leader once again. Program details will be posted in Happenings soon. Join us!
With blessings,

Spring Course Offerings

Advanced Topics in Pastoral Care and Counseling
This course offers an integrated pastoral and behavioral sciences approach to some of the more challenging situations faced by helping professionals. The course will be grounded in useful theories of human growth, development, and healing and will use both psychological and theological language and images to describe and develop the context, problems and interventions appropriate to the work. 
Instructor: Rev. Wayne Gustafson, D.Min.
Dates: April 13, May 18, June 1, from 9am - 5pm
Registration Deadline: January 22
Congregational Life
This course explores the various dynamics at work in the life of a local church, toward the end of gaining insight into how to nurture a healthy and productive faith community.
Instructor: Rev. Mark Lawson, Ph. D.
Dates: April 23 & 30; May 14 & 21, from 9am - 2:30pm 

Cost per 20-hour course: 
NY Conference Participants: $250;  Audit: $175; Repeat Course Audit: $100
Participants outside the New York Conference: $275; Audit: $200 (plus the Distance Learning Support fee of  $69 per 20-hour course or $133 per semester).
For more information or to register, go to www.uccny.org/nysom-courses
NYSOM Information Nights

Does one of our courses look interesting?  Are you wondering about whether a certificate program is for you?  Are you unclear as to just what webconferencing is or uncertain about whether your computer can do it?  Join Marjorie on Thursday, January 21 or on Tuesday, February 2, between 7-8pm, from your home computer for a webconferenced information session.  She'll walk you through connecting to webex, if you need help, and answer questions about educational offerings.  If you're interested, contact Marjorie at mpurnine@uccny.org.  She'll send you an invitation to the session.

Webconferenced Pastoral Consultation Group
Wayne Gustafson always concludes his courses by emphasizing how important it is for pastoral care providers to have a consultation group. However, not everyone has that resource nearby. So Wayne is offering a new session of his pastoral consultation group. Designed for pastoral care providers who do not have access to face to face consultation, the group will meet via web conferencing twice a month from February to June. For a pdf with more information click here.
Helpful Documents at a Click

The Marks for Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers are useful for those preparing for authorized ministry (MIDs) and for licensed, commissioned, and ordained folks who need a tool to do self-assessment. Click here for the Marks in list form. Click here for the Marks in grid form. 


If you're a pastor, noticing a member of your congregation with gifts for ministry, if you're just beginning to discern a call to authorized ministry, or if you're just wondering about our programs, click here to see The New York School of Ministry 2016 Certificate Program Information. Click here for an application for the Christian Studies or the Christian Leadership Programs. For participants enrolled in a certificate program and pastors who might be interested in supervising, click here for Supervised Ministry Information.


If you want to understand the authorization process, click here for Section 2 of the Manual on Ministry