Please read page in its entirety in preparation for each session. You are responsible for purchasing your own books unless otherwise noted.

Texts to Bring to Each Session

Also, if you have a laptop or tablet, it is recommended that you bring it to class. This will provide you access to resources that may be used during some of the lectures.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session One

For those enrolled in Session One, prior to the first class:

  • Read Worshiping with United Methodist by Hoyt. Hickman | Purchase with bundle if taking all 4 sessions | Click here
  • Read From Pew to Pulpit: A Beginner’s Guide to Preaching, by Clifton F. Guthrie | Purchase with bundle if taking all 4 sessions | Click here

Also prior to February 1st submit to Beverly Karlovich  bkarlovich@gnjumc.org the below typed documents in Times New Roman, 12pt font and double spaced. Make sure your first and last name is on each page and your pages are numbered.

  1. A 500 word biographical reflection paper that includes your strengths and growing edges in ministry.
  2. A 250 – 500 word reflection paper on a personal experience related to either baptism or communion. It could be something you experienced yourself, or something you saw, heard or felt on behalf of someone else.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session Two

For those enrolled in Session Two, prior to class:

  • Read The Class Meeting by Kevin Watson. The text will be provided to you during session one.
  • Read Christian Education in a Small Member Church by Karen B. Ty | Purchase with bundle if taking all 4 sessions | Click here
  • Read Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth, 2008 edition, by Joy Thomburg Melton | Click here
  • Read From Pew to Pulpit: A Beginner’s Guide to Preaching, by Clifton F. Guthrie | Purchase with bundle if taking all 4 sessions | Click here

Bring with you to class all assignments typed in Times New Roman and double spaced.

  • Two copies of a manuscript of a 10 minute original sermon, which you are prepared to preach in class based on ONE of the identified scriptures: Amos 7:7-17, Colossians 1:1-14, Psalm 82, Luke 10:25-37
  • A bulletin written for the sermon you are preaching on one of the above scriptures.
  • 500 word summary of a conflicted situation that is in need of resolution in your local church.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session Three

For those enrolled in Session Three, prior to class:

  • Read Pastoral Care in the Small Member Church by James Killen | Purchase with bundle if taking all 4 sessions | Click here
  • “The Use of Money’ by John Wesley, [Sermon 50].” Click here
  • Read A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. Text will be provided to you during session two.
  • Read Unleashing the Word: Preaching with Relevance, Purpose and Passion by Adam Hamilton. Text will be provided to you during session two.
  • Read From Pew to Pulpit: A Beginner’s Guide to Preaching, by Clifton F. Guthrie – If not already completed in Module Two
  • Read Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers: Best Practices and Ethical Decisions by Joy Thornburg Melton. Text will be provided during session two.
  • Bring to class your church’s 2019 budget.

After completion of session three:

  • Select an obituary of someone that you do not know. Write a funeral sermon based on the obituary. Include the printed obituary and scripture before the sermon. Sermons should be double spaced in 12 point font of Times New Roman. Make sure your first and last name is on each page. Submit your sermons to Beverly Karlovich (bkarlovich@gnjumc.org) by May 1st.

Pre-Work Resourcing Assignments | Session Four

For those enrolled in Session Four, prior to class:

  • Read Administration in the Small Member Church, by John H. Tyson | Purchase with bundle if taking all 4 sessions | Click here
  • Read Job Descriptions and Leadership Training in The United Methodist Church. Review carefully pages 29 to 48, “Positions Required in All Congregations.” Develop a list of meaningful questions that you have related to these committee positions, which we will discuss in class. Text will be provided during session three.

Other resources that may be helpful to reference during Licensing School

Click here | “This Holy Mystery” by Gayle Felton. (Scroll down to the bottom of the link for the PDF download.)
Click here | “By Water and the Spirit” by Gayle Felton. (Scroll down to the bottom of the link for the PDF download.)