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Local Pastor Guidelines

Course of Study Links
(Contains General Information)

The United Methodist Book of Discipline provides guidelines for local pastors. Some basics include:
  • Make initial contact with an elder / deacon in your local parish.

  • Read The Christian as Minister (available from Cokesbury).

  • Visit with your district superintendent.

  • Make contact with your district committee on ordained ministry for help with the inquiry and discernment process. A mentor will be assigned to you for guidance and supervision.

  • If your ministry decision is affirmed and a setting is available, you may be appointed to a part-time or full-time ministry setting. Full-time local pastors are required by the Discipline to complete four Course of Study classes per calendar year. Part-time local pastors are required to complete two classes per calendar year.

  • Attend licensing school facilitated by your annual conference's board of ordained ministry.

  • Register to attend Course of Study School

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