If you are just beginning to explore your call to ministry, plan to join a New England Conference Ministry Exploration Summit. A summit is a gathering of folks in the early stages of candidacy or discernment as well as experienced Clergy and Laypersons from the different ministry paths. Anyone interested in lay, licensed or ordained ministry is welcomed and encouraged to join one of these events. Participation in a Summit is required to become a Certified Candidate or a Certified Lay Minister. Participation in a summit fulfills the "Orientation to Ministry" requirement. Summits are offered twice each year (usually January and August).
Next Summit: August/September 2018, location TBA
The New England Conference offers Local Pastor Licensing School once per year. To register, read the Brochure and Registration Form and return the completed form to the Registrar. Your District Superintendent must sign.
Licensing School Registrar: Deborah Venator, email@example.com or (603) 892-0359.
The Course of Study (COS) is the required continuing education for Local Pastors. These courses must be taken from an approved school. Please see the school lists below. There are 20 required courses which can be seen in this COS Chart.
COS Registration Signatures Please note that COS registration does REQUIRE the proper signatures for registration. Please see the recent statement of the COS policies regarding permission to take and receive credit for COS courses. After your DS has signed your COS registration form, send your form to the New England LP Registrar using the contact information listed above. If you would like the LP Registrar to mail your registration on to the school or back to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in your letter. You may send your form electronically using email and the LP Registrar will email the signed form back to you.
COS Scholarships Scholarships for Local Pastors taking Course of Study are limited to $250 per course for a maximum of two courses per year (maximum total of $500 per year). If your COS school required you to pay the full tuition upfront, send your grade report/transcript to the LP Registrar (contact info listed above) along with a note requesting the scholarship.
COS Progress As per the BOD, until the COS curriculum (20 courses) is completed, part-time local pastors should take two courses per year and full-time local pastors should take four courses per year. If this schedule is not possible, a local pastor should discuss this with their dCOM. If there is a reason adequate progress cannot be reasonably made, the dCOM may submit a request to the BOM for a 1-year extension. This is an annual request and, therefore, must be re-submitted if the issue persists into another year. COS Extension Form - dCOM to BOM
Information about continuing Ed for Ordained persons can be found at this link.