Licensing School - Preaching

Licensing School 2019-2020 - Preaching
1/10/2020 - 1/25/2020 -

Preaching (Licensing School 2019-2020) will meet at Millsaps College.

Who May Register: Candidates for ministry in the UMC who have been approved as a Certified Candidate, received the recommendation of their local church Pastor-Parish Relations Committee & Charge Conference, been approved by their District Committee on Ordained Ministry, and are preparing to receive an appointment in the 2020-2021 Annual Conference year.  Exceptions may be made at the request of a District Superintendent for those already serving a church/charge or who will appointed/assigned for the next Conference year.  Applications must be signed by the candidate's Mentor, DCOM Chair, and District Superintendent before registration will be approved.  

Registration Fee: $10 per class, payable online or by check or cash upon arrival.

Housing: Available at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps for the Friday night of each session.  
Cost:  $45/shared room; $90/single room per weekend.  Payable online with registration, check by mail, or by check or cash upon arrival. 

To reserve a hotel room, contact Karri Chaney directly at least 3 weeks in advance each and every time you need lodging (unless you added to your online registration). 


Communication: All Licensing School communication will be sent to you via email, including required textbooks, assignments, locations, and any changes due to inclement weather, etc. Please make sure your email address is entered correctly on your Center for Ministry profile, and check your email regularly for information from the Center for Ministry. If you are not receiving these emails from the Center for Ministry, please email for assistance.

Weekend Schedule:
5:45pm - Worship
6:45 - 9:30pm - Class

8:00am - 3:00pm - Class

By pre-registering online for this course, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the Licensing School policies and procedures, as found in the Licensing School Policies and Registration brochure available on the Center for Ministry website.


Paul wrote to the Romans: “but how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent” (Romans 10:14, 15a)?

Pastors will learn the following: 

Understand the significance of preaching in worship and its biblical and theological basis.

Understand various methods of selecting sermon topics for consideration in preaching the whole Bible, as well as caring for special days and concerns in the life of the congregation or larger community.

Understand some essentials of sermon delivery including voice, tone, gestures, posture, etc., as well as the appropriate use and limitations of video and computer graphics.

Know that preaching should invite the listener into a healing relationship with God and the Christian community.



Millsaps College
1701 North State St. , Jackson, Mississippi 39210