Programs Overview

NYSCOC Programs

NYSCOC empowers congregations and denominations to work ecumenically, to do justice, and to develop their property for the benefit of their community.

We are both religiously based and community-oriented, working throughout New York state connecting rural, urban, and suburban communities and congregations.

We also certify and support Protestant Chaplains serving New York State agencies.

Affordable Housing and Community Development Initiatives

Congregations are called to use their property to take care of their neighbors, developing their mission to reach out to communities to revitalize and grow. We offer creative ways to redevelop property for the benefit of the community.

Ecumenical Relationship

It is the essence of ecumenical work to seek ways of helping all humanity to know the nurturing and continually creating presence of God.

Tools for Adult and Youth Faith Formation

The Council at its beginnings was called the New York Sunday School Association. We invite people of all ages to reflect deeply on their faith through study, worship, and action.

Disaster Response including COVID 19 Pandemic

The Council of Churches collaborates with secular and faith-based organizations to offer resources for congregations to respond to natural and health related disasters at the local, state, national and international level.


The New York State Council of Churches certifies and supports Protestant Chaplains serving in state institutions including the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision , Office of Children and Family Services, and Office of Mental Health.

New York State Association of Protestant Chaplains

The New York State Association of Protestant Chaplains provides peer support for chaplains serving in all capacities throughout New York State. We welcome employed and volunteer chaplains to become NYSAPC members.