Licensing School is a "crash course" in being a pastor. Licensing School is required in order to be available as a licensed local pastor in June for an “appointment” (meaning, a place to serve). (The only exception is if you have already taken one-third of your classes for your Masters of Divinity degree in a United Methodist approved seminary.)
The South Georgia Conference joins with the North Georgia Conference to provide our students with a premier Licensing School using the resources of Emory University in Atlanta. In the past, it was an in-person school held on the campus of Emory and ran the week before Memorial Day weekend. In 2020, we went to an on-line school due to the pandemic. We will be using the same on-line format in 2021.
The school will begin April 16 and go through May 21. The good news is that a student will not be expected to block out over a week away from home to attend an in-person school. That means however that Licensing School is spread out over a longer period of time. The class schedule is made up of asynchronous video classes, tests, papers, and discussion boards. “Asynchronous” means that you are free to complete these assignments on your own schedule, as long as you meet certain weekly deadlines. Once we know who our South Georgia students will be, we will schedule a couple of Zoom meetings so that we can see each other’s faces, hear each other’s voices, and get to know one another.
Below is the link to register. Once you have registered, your District Superintendent and local pastor registrar, Dr. Jay Harris, will be asked to verify that you are a certified candidate in order to attend. When you are approved you will then be given a list of required textbooks, a schedule with dates and deadlines, and an invoice to pay your registration fee. Your registration fee is $300, and the Board of Ordained Ministry also puts in $300 in order for you to attend.
REGISTRATION FORM: https://form.jotform.com/203295170853153