Registration opens November 15 for 2020 Local Pastor Licensing School

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 Ordained Ministry 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.

Requirements for attending the school

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

Sessions Focus & Dates (Fridays and Saturdays)

Location: Mission and Resource Center, 205 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, NJ 07753

  • Session 1 | February 7 & 8
    Worship Planning & Preaching Focused on Crafting the Sermon
  • Session 2 | March 6 & 7
    Christian Education, Small Groups & Preaching Focused Sermon Delivery
  • Session 3 | April 3 & 4
    Stewardship, Pastoral Care, Weddings & Funerals
  • Session 4 |June 12 & 13
    Administration, Polity, Mission & Evangelism


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

The sessions will take place from 9:00a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each Friday and Saturday. Students are expected to attend the entire day. Coffee and a light breakfast is available and lunch is provided.


Payment in full is required when you register online.

  • $300 registration fee for students who are attending all four sessions in Greater New Jersey
  • $75 per session registration fee for students who are attending less than four sessions in Greater New Jersey
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The Local Pastor Licensing School registration deadline is January 15, 2020.

Pre-work assignments and reading for each session are available on the right hand side of this page.

For those needing overnight accommodations below is a list of suggested hotels. Mention that you are with The United Methodists of Greater NJ to see if there is a reduced hotel rate.

Suggested Hotels:
Residence Inn by Marriott Neptune at Gateway Centre
230 Jumping Brook Rd
Neptune City, NJ 07753

Hampton Inn Neptune/Wall
4 McNamara Way
Neptune City, NJ 07753

Holiday Inn Express Neptune
3510 NJ-66
Neptune City, NJ 07753

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