2019 Great Plains Licensing School

Licensing School is an intensive course designed to prepare lay people called to serve in pastoral ministry. It fulfills the requirements of the Book of Discipline after completion of which participants can be appointed to serve in local churches as Licensed Local Pastors. Licensing School focuses especially on the pastoral behaviors, practices, and theological framework necessary to enable lay people to thrive as pastoral leaders under appointment in the United Methodist Church.  Before registration, a student must (1) be certified as a candidate and approved for license as a local pastor by their District Committee on Ordained Ministry or (2) be serving as a District Superintendent Assignment (DSA) and on a certified candidacy credentialing track.  If neither requirement is met, a student may not register or participate in Licensing School.

Dates for Licensing School:

Week One:  Monday, June 10, 2019 to Friday, June 14, 2019 at Camp Comeca, Cozad, NE )
Deans: Kathy Symes and Mary Scott

Week TwoMonday, July 22, 2019 to Friday, July 26, 2019 at Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend, KS 
Dean: Kathy Symes and Mary Scott

Deans for the 2019 Licensing School are Kathy Symes ksymes@greatplainsumc.org and Mary Scott mscott@greatplainsumc.org. Questions about Licensing School can be addressed to Karen Jeffcoat, registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry at registrar@greatplainsumc.org.   Any questions about registration can be directed to Nicole Guthrie at nguthrie@greatplainsumc.org

Pre-work assignments are being prepared, please check this link for pre-assignments:  www.greatplainsumc.org/lswk1

*First Name
*Last Name
*Address 1
*Are you a certified candidate who is approved for license as a local pastor, or will be before June 1, 2019?
*Are you currently serving as a District Superintendent Assignment, or will be a DSA by July 1, 2019?
If yes, name of assignment:
I will attend week one and week two:

Check this box to indicate you understand you must attend both week one and week two.

Agreement of Understanding:

I understand that I will not be eligible for a license prior to completion of Week One and that I will not be able to keep a license (if under appointment) or be eligible for a license (if not under appointment) if I do not complete both weeks of licensing school.

I also understand that I must complete the process and be approved (1) as a certified candidate for licensed or ordained ministry and (2) for license as a local pastor by my District Committee on Ordained Ministry.

I further understand that I will be issued a license and considered a clergy member of the Great Plains conference only upon appointment – even if I meet all other requirements.

*Registration Fee ($100)

The remainder of the cost will be paid by the Board of Ordained Ministry.

*Dietary Concerns

Please choose what applies from the list below.

Gluten Free
Lactose Intolerant
Special Concerns

Please list any concerns you may have. For example: mobility, hearing impairment, vision, etc.

*Week One, Camp Comeca, Cozad, NE

Lodging is provided for Monday-Thursday nights.  You may request a room for a Sunday night arrival at no extra charge.  There are not enough rooms for everyone to have a single room, some rooms will need to be shared. If you have a special need that requires a single room, please let us know in the comments.

Check one to register for Week One:

I plan to arrive on Sunday, June 9, 2019
I plan to arrive on Monday, June 10, 2019 (before 8:30 am)
*Week Two, Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend, KS

Single Occupancy Lodging up to 25.

I plan to arrive on Sunday, July 21, 2019
I plan to arrive on Monday, July 22, 2019 (before 8:30 am)
Special need for single occupancy room:
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