Local Pastors and Associate Members

Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00-4:00 p.m.
Ridgecrest Retreat Center in Black Mountain
Cost $10.00.

Register at this link: https://www.etouches.com/renewal17

Thanks to a generous grant from the Duke Endowment, local pastors and their families are invited to experience a weekend retreat and stay overnight on Friday and/or Saturday night at a signficantly reduced rate. This is optional and available on a first-come basis.  The retreat committee encourages local pastors to use this as an opportunity for rest and renewal.

The cost for Friday night is $50.00 and Saturday night is $60 and breakfast is included for the clergyperson. Bring your spouse and family.  Up to four people can stay in a room and the only additional cost is meals.

The event is mandatory for local pastors in the mentoring program and for all clergy under appointment from another denomination.

For questions, contact Kim Ingram kingram@wnccumc.org or Adri Bullard-Rogers abrogers@wnccumc.org.

Speaker: Rev. Greg Moore, Executive Director of New Faith Communities in the North Carolina Conference              

Greg Moore is the founding pastor of All Saints’ UMC, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Before starting All Saints’, Greg served as the Associate Director for Congregational Development for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, as an Associate Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and as the pastor of several churches in rural England within the British Methodist Church.

Worship Led by Roots Revival of Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem


Preacher: Rev. Dr. Winston Worrell, Director, World Methodist Evangelism Institute



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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