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Local Pastor Licensing School

2020 Dates

Wednesday, July 15 through Wednesday, Aug. 19

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Licensing School will be held online this year.


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 Wednesday, July 15 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. The times for the classes are: 1:00 p.m. to 3/3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays and 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Licensing School will be held online this year. Rev. Emily Hagan is serving as the Dean. Any updates will be posted to this page as they become available.

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.

Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies is a program of the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. All core Licensing School faculty are clergy members of the Mountain Sky Conference. The event is hosted (electronically or in person) by the Iliff School of Theology, with facilitation support provided by Iliff’s ReSource program. It is not an Iliff program, and cannot be taken for credit.

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 is handled by the Mountain Sky Conference.

Click Here to Register

Tuition Payment

To arrange for online payment, contact Shelley Rabern at the Mountain Sky Conference office via email at Don’t email your payment information! She will help you pay through an online payment portal. 

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

Mountain Sky Conference
ATTN: Shelley Rabern
6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111-4803


Please email Rev. Emily Hagan with any questions you might have about Licensing School.