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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    UNY Local Pastor Licensing School

    Registration is now open for Upper New York Local Pastors Licensing School. Click here to register. Deadline to register is May 1st.

    The 2018 Upper New York Conference Local Pastor License School (LPLS) will be held June 3rd-9th at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. Registration is 4:00-5:00 p.m. on June 3rd. Dinner is provided at 5:30 p.m., and students must be present for worship at 7 p.m. The school is in session from registration on Sunday and continues through lunch on Saturday.

    The LPLS experience provides an opportunity to learn with other students about the basics of ministry, to interact with and share ministry practice with the faculty and students, and to be creative in beginning pastoral ministry. Students in the LPLS should have completed the requirements for certified candidate. Also, we recommend you completing a Safe Sanctuary Training and the Boundary Awareness Training (online) prior to attending the LPLS. Please bring those certificates (or copies) of successful completion with you.

    The school is a concentrated learning experience. A “normal” school day begins with morning worship and preaching lab at 8:30 a.m. and includes classes for learning, concluding at 9 p.m.

    Completion of the LPLS meets a portion of the requirements for the licensing process, but the school does not grant the Local Pastor’s License. District Superintendents have that privilege after a candidate’s satisfactory completion of the LPLS, with approval by the District Committee on Ministry, and appointment to a church or extension ministry.

    Students are encouraged to bring their own recreational equipment, as there will be free time Wednesday evening for recreation. There is a beach and accessibility to non-motorized boats as well as many opportunities for walking and hiking. Students will reside in two-person rooms and will be provided all meals and beverages.

    The cost is $500 for UNY members; $650 for members of other conferences. For more information, contact Rev. Simmons at

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."