Beginning in January 2015, The Mississippi Conference Licensing School will be offerred on 10 weekends (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon), concluding in May. The January and April sessions will be held at Millsaps College in conjunction with the Course of Study. Persons who are taking this step toward pastoral ministry will join in worship and supportive community with Course of Study students as they prepare for licensure.
In February, March, and May, classes will meet in a Jackson-area church.
The Licensing School includes courses in worship, preaching, the United Methodist tradition, pastoral care, administration, and Christian education (see brochure for full list). Students are expected to begin in January and move through the entire sequence of classes.
In order to enroll, a person is required to complete the candidacy process, receive the recommendation of his or her local church pastor parish relations committee and charge conference and be approved by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. All registrations must be signed by the candidate's Mentor and District Superintendent.
Licenses are granted by the Bishop at the Annual Conference session to those who have completed the School and are receiving an appointment.
The Center for Ministry, based at Millsaps, administers the Licensing School under the direction of the Mississippi Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Office of Ministerial Services.
See the brochure for details about schedule, expectations, and fees. For more information, contact the Center for Ministry at 601-974-1488.
(Note: You may reserve your space by registering online. In addition, you will need to fax or mail the paper registration with the required signatures.)