Licensing School - Leadership and Administration

Licensing School 2019-2020 - Leadership and Administration
2/21/2020 - 2/22/2020 -



Leadership and Administration (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.  Payable online with registration 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. (Office) 601-974-1488 (Email) 

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 call 601-974-1488 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.



The pastor is the servant leader of a local church – a complex organization no matter what the size. The organization of the UMC is contained in the Discipline, particularly Part IV, which describes the ministry of all Christians, and Part VI, Chapter One, which describes the organization of the local church. Local pastors do not have to be experts in the Discipline. It is important, however, to know how to refer to the Discipline when organizational questions arise.

Pastors will learn the following:

The call to servant leadership is lived out through various leadership styles which are natural and appropriate to different persons in different situations.

Develop an awareness of the polity, structure and connectional nature of the UMC as presented in the Discipline and understand the interrelationship of the various levels of decision-making and ministry in the UMC (local church, district, annual conference, jurisdictional, and General Conference).

The UMC’s understanding of the church, the charge, and local church membership as contained in the Discipline, (¶¶ 201-205 and ¶¶ 214-242) and familiarity with the structural and administrative responsibilities of the charge conference, the church council, and the four administrative committees of the local church (¶¶ 243-252, ¶ 258).

The meaning and method of apportionments and of the reporting forms used to keep both personal and financial statistics audited within the local church.





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