Local Pastors Licensing School

The upcoming session will be held at:

St. Thomas Seminary
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002


Sept. 6-8, 2018 — Module 1
Oct. 4-6,  2018 — Module 2
Nov. 1-3, 2018 —  Module 3
Nov. 29-Dec 1, 2018 — Module 4

Please Note:

The Local Pastor Licensing School is a foundational and required piece in your preparation to become an appointed local pastor and/or ordained clergy member in the New York Annual Conference.  As such this is an evaluative experience which means that your preparation, attendance, classroom participation, performance and assignments are all vital in this process. As such, there is certain knowledge, along with skills that you will be expected to achieve during the time you are in the school.

Please register as soon as possible:

Please register as soon as possible, so you can be fully prepared to begin this formative experience in your ministry process. If you plan on attending Local Pastor Licensing School this fall the registration deadline is July 15, 2018 with your first pre-assignment due on AUGUST 6. So register now, begin you “What is Means to be United Methodist, then on May 1st after the book list and assignments are posted order your books and begin the preparations. Registration is available here: https://ny-reg.brtapp.com/2018LPLS


All pre-assignments including the reading must be completed and/or turned in by the assigned dates. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. The reason for this hard policy is that it makes little sense to attend any Module unless you are fully prepared, and that the teaching staff has had time to reflect upon your pre-assignment so they can help you gain the necessary knowledge and skills needed to meet the General Board of Higher Education guidelines.


Must be complete and turned in by the due date. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Please plan to arrive promptly at St. Thomas Seminary between 6:45 - 7:45pm on Thursday evenings. Our evening gathering and worship will begin at 8 PM. We will complete our time together by 4 pm on Saturday afternoon. If you are currently preaching on a regular basis you may want to arrange to have someone else preach those Sunday mornings following the module.

LP Registrar letter of instruction

LPLS Information flyer/folder

LPLS Policy - Please be aware that this document is a now a written policy of the Board on Ordained Ministry (BOOM).  The teaching and leadership team WILL be attentive to it as should you.

LPLS Application for those from the NY Conference: https://ny-reg.brtapp.com/2018LPLS
After registering online, please have this signature form signed, then send to Eileen Daunt with the rest of the paperwork.

LPLS Application (for those not from the NY Conference) Word  PDF

Questions: What it Means to be United Methodist

Writing Suggestions

Book List

Pre-assignments and due dates