The Local Pastor Licensing School is a foundational learning experience for preparation to become an appointed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. Over the course of four two-day sessions (8 days total), students will engage in facilitated learning on topics such as worship, preaching, small groups, mission, evangelism, stewardship, theology, pastoral care, administration and more. A student’s preparation, attendance, classroom participation, performance and assignments are all vital in the process.
A candidate for ministry must be approved by their District Committee on Ministry or recommended by their District Superintendent to attend Local Pastor Licensing School.
Candidates for ministry who have completed seminary may be recommended to attend Local Pastors Licensing School.
Sessions Focus & Dates (Fridays and Saturdays)
The sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Students are expected to attend the entire day.
Location: Sessions are held over ZOOM. To engage in live sessions via ZOOM, it requires participants to have a computer, tablet or cell phone with a camera.
- Session 1 | February 4 & 5
Worship Planning & Preaching Focused on Crafting the Sermon
- Session 2 | March 4 & 5
Christian Education, Small Groups & Preaching Focused Sermon Delivery
- Session 3 | March 25 & 26
Stewardship, Pastoral Care, Weddings & Funerals
- Session 4 |April 29 & 30
Administration, Polity & Theology
*All four sessions (8 days total) as well as covenant group time between sessions is necessary to complete the hours necessary for “in class learning” for Local Pastor Licensing School.
Payment in full is required when you register online.
For students from Greater New Jersey
- $300 registration fee for students who are attending all four sessions from Greater New Jersey
- $75 per session registration fee for students who are attending less than four sessions from Greater New Jersey
For students from beyond Greater New Jersey
- $600 registration fee for all four sessions
Requirements for attending the school
- Online Registration
- Approval from one’s District Committee on Ministry or District Superintendent to attend.
The Local Pastor Licensing School registration deadline is January 15, 2022.
Pre-work assignments, textbooks for purchase and readings for each session are available on the right-hand side of this page.