Local Pastor Licensing School

The Local Pastor Licensing School has been CANCELLED for the 2021 Session.


Please check back in with us for more information regarding the 2022 session. 




What is the Local Pastor Licensing School?

Designed for those who are preparing to serve as Licensed Local Pastors, the Local Pastor Licensing School offers an 80-hour, intensive introduction to the role and tasks of United Methodist Clergy. This is one element of the requirements for licensure as a Local Pastor, and is often required for anyone who will serve as lead pastor of a church (contact your District Superintendent for more information).

The curriculum covers essentials in these areas:

  • United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Theology
  • Worship
  • Preaching
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Christian Education
  • Congregational Care
  • Mission, Evangelism, and Church Vitality
  • Introduction to Pastoral Ethics

Note: Certification as a candidate is preferred, but not required, for participation in the Licensing School of the Rockies. Approval of a District Superintendent is required, as is assignment of a clergy mentor by a District Committee on Ordained Ministry or District Superintendent. Please confirm that your DS will approve your attendance prior to registering.

Event Schedule

This year, the Licensing School begins on Monday, Aug. 2, and runs through Wednesday, August 11. The first part, Aug. 2- Aug. 5, will be online and the second section will be in person at Johnstown United Methodist Church Aug. 5-11.  

Classes are completely online with Tuesday and Thursday Zoom meetings and Wednesday morning Check In/Devotionals:

  • Please plan to attend worship in a United Methodist Church at least one Sunday prior to our last week of classes.  
  • You will need to be able to upload content, use zoom, and turn in videos for this class.  

Please note: A minimum number of registrations are required for the Licensing School to take place. If the event is cancelled, the registration and tuition fees will be refunded.

Registration Information

How Registration Works (Read this First)

Registration for Licensing School is a two-step process.

FirstAfter you have checked with your DS to ensure that you will be approved to attend – click on the Registration link on this page. This will take you to a form on the Mountain Sky Conference website where you will enter information about yourself, your candidacy status, and contact information for your pastor and DS. For candidates outside of the Mountain Sky conference, this initial registration step requires payment of the non-refundable $75 registration fee.

Second – Once we have contacted your DS and your pastor, and you have been approved to attend the school, we will give you access to our online course page. Here you will find additional information about the event, including required texts. 

Additional Information

Registration  June 9, 2021 thru July 26, 2021

Registration is handled by the Mountain Sky Conference.

Please note: Registrations after July 26, will be considered late and a $25.00 late fee will be added to your registration.

Click Here to Register

If you need to pay by check, please make it out to Mountain Sky Conference, and send it to:

Mountain Sky Conference
Attn: Events Coordinator
PO Box 462200
Centennial, CO 80015

Please email Rev. Emily Hagan at pastor@firstumclafayette.org with any questions you might have about Licensing School.