Local Pastors and Associate Members

WNC Local Pastor and Members of Other Denominations Retreat


April 14, 2018
Optional weekend retreat April 13-15
Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Black Mountain

The speaker will be Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Seminary in Washington DC. Dr. Powe co-wrote the book Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations, which all mentoring groups are reading together this year.



The preacher will be Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller, Assistant General Secretary for Clergy Formation at The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry where she oversees Course of Study and works with local pastor relations.  Rev. Conklin-Miller will also spend time answering questions about Course of Study and hear other local pastor concerns.


 Registration will be available soon.


Information for the 2017 Licensing School  Word | PDF is now online. The dates are May 14-19, 2017 & May 21-25, 2076 at Lake Junaluska.  For more information, please contact Rev. David Greene at 828.464.8422 or dgreene@wnccumc.net.


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.


WNCC UMC Course of Study Scholarship Application: Word | PDF

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


The Local Pastor Retreat for those in the mentoring program was held on April 23, 2016.  Bishop Goodpaster and Roots Revival from Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem led worship.  Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, a district superintendent in the Mississippi Conference spoke to the participants.  The video of the event is available here:

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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