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 by their District Committee on Ordained Ministry to attend Local Pastors Licensing School.

Sessions Focus & Dates (Fridays and Saturdays)

The sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Students are expected to attend the entire day.

Location: Due to COVID-19, whether sessions will be online or in person will be determined by November 2021 for classes beginning in 2022. More information and registration will be open November 15 for 2022 classes!

  • Session 1 | Worship Planning & Preaching Focused on Crafting the Sermon
  • Session 2 | Christian Education, Small Groups & Preaching Focused Sermon Delivery
  • Session 3 | Stewardship, Pastoral Care, Weddings & Funerals
  • Session 4 |Administration, Polity, Mission & Evangelism

*All four sessions (8 days total) are necessary to complete the “in-class learning” for Local Pastor Licensing School.

Requirements for attending the school

  1. Online Registration
  2. Approval from one’s District Superintendent to attend.

Pre-work assignments, textbooks for purchase and readings for each session are available on the right-hand side of this page.

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