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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    UNY Local Pastor Licensing School

    The 2022 Upper New York Local Pastors Licensing School (LPLS) will be held May 9-15 at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center. We are planning to hold this in-person, which means we will be following all safety protocols due to the COVID pandemic. If anything changes, we will keep you updated.

    Click here to register. Credit card payment is being accepted through PayPal. If using this method of payment, please use the "guest option" for payment to avoid having to set up a PayPal account. 

    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. In order to register for the LPLS, there must be approval by your DCOM and District Superintendent to attend the program. 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.

    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.

    For more information, contact Rev. Simmons at

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."