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). Licensing School is not the same as Course of Study, nor does it replace that requirement.

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

Certification as a candidate is preferred, but not required, for participation in the Licensing School of the Rockies. Approval of the applicant’s Pastor and District Superintendent are required, as is assignment of a clergy mentor by a District Committee on Ordained Ministry or District Superintendent. Upon registration, applicants will need to provide contact information for their Pastor and District Superintendent. 


For More Information:

Contact Rev. Tom Barlow, Dean of the Licensing School, at lplsr.dean@gmail.com. Additional information about required books, assignments, and the class schedule will be provided when registration is complete. The Licensing School is hosted by the Iliff School of Theology, but is not an Iliff event. Please do not contact Iliff for information about the school.


Upcoming Events:

LPLS of the Rockies (brochure) - August 14 - 23, 2017: Iliff School of Theology (Registration)

Please remember that your registration fee is due when you register.
  • A minimum number of registrations are required for the Licensing School to take place. Contact Rev. Barlow for updates. If the event is cancelled, all fees (including the non-refundable registration fee) will be refunded.
  • In the event that a student needs to cancel their individual registration, tuition (less the $75 registration fee) is refunded if the Dean is notified by August 7, 2017 (one week prior to the beginning of the event).