Goals for Your Ministry by Tim Coombs

One thing I have noticed about Sessions and leadership teams across the presbytery is that we are most reluctant to name concrete goals for our churches. Now I understand the fear of naming a goal or a vision. We don’t want to feel like a failure if we don’t reach them. We believe there is nothing more defeating than naming an outcome and coming up short. I believe, however, if we don’t have a … [Read more...]

The Reformation For Us Today by Larry Deyss

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517 Martin Luther, a professor at the University of Wittenberg, posted the ninety five theses, or points, which he believed needed to be discussed. The act itself was not out of the ordinary, since making public concerns for discussion was a practice of the time. What was out of the ordinary was how this unfolded in a great struggle out … [Read more...]

Reflections from the September 30th Presbytery Meeting at the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam

Please share this information with all those interested in the work and opportunities happening in the Albany Presbytery. You may use the following URL to embed the directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-sept-30-presbytery-meeting/ The 314th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on September 30, 2017 at the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam. … [Read more...]

2018 High School Youth Leadership Seminar at the United Nations in NYC by Christy D’Ambrosio

On Tuesday, February 20, a delegation of youth from church congregations all over New York State will gather at the Church of the Covenant on 42nd Street near the United Nations, for a 2-day seminar focused on the issue of “Reclaiming the Voice of Resistance.” Global concerns that encompass terrorism, climate change, human rights, discrimination, war, peace, and the current refugee crisis … [Read more...]

Cornerstone Campus Ministry at the University at Albany

Albany Presbytery supports Cornerstone Campus Ministry at the University at Albany. Learn more in this fun video! Would you like to get connected? The purpose of the Albany Presbytery Blog is to share information, tell stories, and promote the mission and ministry of the presbytery, synod and beyond. While the breadth of this medium is intentionally broad, it is not a platform for opinion … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Synod’s Come To the Table Event by Scott DeBlock

I want to give a huge shout out and affirmation to the Synod’s Come To the Table Event held at Stony Point Center a few weeks ago! Over 150 Presbyterians gathered for a time of worship, reflection, and learning. As a new sojourner in this land of Presbyterians, it was great to see how the Synod of the Northeast is coming alongside presbyteries and congregations in new and exciting ways! From … [Read more...]

Tod Bolsinger Addresses Presbytery in First Educational Meeting by Tim Coombs

How does the church move forward when nearly everything we learned in the past no longer applies?  Another way to phrase this question was posed by Tod, “If western societies have become post-Christian mission fields, how can traditional churches become missionary churches?” About 85 people gathered at United Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam to hear and learn first-hand from Tod Bolsinger, … [Read more...]

Elder Communion Training for Albany Presbytery by Tim Coombs

Churches without pastors often struggle to schedule supply preachers for worship, sometimes choosing to go with a member of their congregation if they cannot find an available pastor or commissioned ruling elder. This task, however, gets even more difficult on Sundays when communion is served, which for most of our churches, is traditionally the first Sunday of the month. In the past, only an … [Read more...]

Get Your Church Building Inspected & Evaluated for Free by Don Drew

The Church is not the building, but the people. We hear that all the time, yet we are enamored of our buildings, forgiving of their faults, and it seems that our worship is enhanced by being in that special place.  What we are--each congregation, each building, is unique—a gift. As our congregations evolve into what shall be, we sometimes need less and less building. Do we walk away? Do we “go … [Read more...]

We Need You — You Can Make a Difference! by Jerry McKinney

We Need You! This is an exciting—and challenging—time in the life of Albany Presbytery.  During these last three years of intentional transition we have been seeking ways to be more faithful and responsive to God’s call to be the Church of Jesus Christ. Do You Know What Albany Presbytery Does? There is more going on than you may know! Earlier this year, after several months of discussion … [Read more...]