2020 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 22, 2020 to Friday, June 26, 2020 at The Leadership Center, Aurora, NE
Deans: Mary Scott and Kathy Symes

Week TwoMonday, July 27, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020 at Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend, KS 
Dean: Kathy Symes and Mary Scott

Deans for the 2020 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 Heather Clinger at clexadmin@greatplainsumc.org

Pre-work assignments are being prepared, please check this link for pre-assignments:  www.greatplainsumc.org/lswk1-2

*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, 2020?
*Are you currently serving as a District Superintendent Assignment, or will be a DSA by July 1, 2020?
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

The remainder of the cost for Great Plains students will be paid by the Great Plains Board of Ordained Ministry.

The registration fee pays for lodging, meals, and instruction for both weeks.

Great Plains student ($100)
Non-Great Plains student ($850)
*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, The Leadership Center, Aurora, NE

Lodging is provided for Monday-Thursday nights. You may request a room for a Sunday night arrival at no extra charge (for a shared room). All rooms will have two occupants unless a single room (supplemental charge of $30/night) is requested.

Check one to register for Week One:

I plan to arrive on Sunday, June 21, 2020
I plan to arrive on Monday, June 22, 2020 (before 8:30 am)
I request a single room at the Leadership Center at a cost of:
Arrival on Sunday ($150)
Arrival on Monday ($120)
*Week Two, Heartland Center for Spirituality, Great Bend, KS

Single occupancy only.

I plan to arrive on Sunday, July 26, 2020
I plan to arrive on Monday, July 27, 2020 (before 8:30 am)
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