Local Pastors and Associate Members

What is a licensed local pastor?
from The United Methodist Book of Discipline 2016

Local pastors approved annually by the district committee on ordained ministry may be licensed by the bishop to perform all the duties of a pastor (¶ 340), including the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion as well as the service of marriage (where state laws allow),4 burial, confirmation, and membership reception, within and while appointed to a particular charge or extension ministry.


For the purposes of these paragraphs the charge or extension ministry will be defined as “people within or related to the community or ministry setting being served.” Those licensed for pastoral ministry may be appointed to extension ministry settings when approved by the bishop and the Board of Ordained Ministry.


Course of Study Information and Scholarship Procedure
WNCC UMC Course of Study Attendance and Scholarship Procedure: PDF
The deadline for Weekend Scholarship Applications is the first day of the month prior to which the course is offered. Contact the Rev. Kimberly T. Ingram with questions.

Click here to apply for the WNCC UMC Course of Study Scholarship

The fellowship of local pastors and associate members has a website where they share information, please check it out:


Associate Membership Requirements [PDF]  

Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members
Rev. Sue Anne Morris, Chair
Rev. Eric Lineberry, Vice Chair
Rev. Tony Owens, Secretary
Rev. Teresa Blanton, Treasurer
More resources:
Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Duke Divinity School Course of Study
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)
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