It is the essence of ecumenical work to seek ways of helping all humanity to know the nurturing and continually creating presence of God. Thus the preamble of the New York State Council of Churches includes the following sentences:
“It is fitting that Christians should manifest their unity by joining together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to show God’s good and just purposes throughout New York State. Therefore, we covenant to care for one another, safeguard the presence of vital Christian communities, provide hospitality to all, proclaim the Gospel boldly in each place, and declare God’s just will among the powers and principalities.”
From this, grows the purpose of the New York State Council of Churches as a statewide organization through which Christians accomplish mission goals that can be achieved more effectively by working together. These mission goals focus on social justice, institutional pastoral care, and ecumenical cooperation in education, worship and action.