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                               LOCAL PASTOR’S HANDBOOK
This handbook is a guide for the Local Pastor who is licensed for pastoral ministry, to assist in the call
to serve God and to carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ through the local church. In addition, this
handbook can assist District Superintendents and District Committees on Ordained Ministry in
working with Local Pastors. This handbook is divided into sections to allow and facilitate updating and
improvement. It is not intended to be the final authority on a situation or condition, but it is to serve as
a practical and understandable resource in the ministry of the Local Pastor.

1. DEFINITION OF LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶340, 343)

All persons not ordained as elders who are appointed to preach and conduct divine worship and
perform the duties of a pastor shall have a license for pastoral ministry. Local pastors who have
completed the following may be recommended to the executive session of the annual conference to
receive the license for pastoral ministry:
     The conditions for candidacy certification (¶306)
     Been examined and recommended by the district committee on ordained ministry
     Licensing School
     Been approved by the board of ordained ministry
     Provided the board with a satisfactory certificate of good health.
A local pastor is approved annually by the district committee on ordained ministry and licensed by the
Bishop to perform all the duties of a pastor, including the sacraments of baptism and Holy
Communion as well as the service of marriage, burial, confirmation, and membership reception, while
appointed to a particular charge. Granting of the license for pastoral ministry is made when an
appointment to a pastoral charge is made. The license is to be signed annually by their District
Superintendent.

2. AUTHORITY AND DUTIES OF THE LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶341)

   A. The Local Pastor may not be assigned beyond the local church.
   B. The Local Pastor is licensed by the Annual Conference to serve only to the
      charge to which they are assigned and does not extend beyond it.
   C. The charge is defined, by the church, as people in or related to the community being served.
   D. The license must be renewed annually by the district Committee on Ordained Ministry and the
      conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
   E. The Local Pastor License is valid only to the charge to which the pastor is assigned. If the
      Local Pastor is moved between sessions of the Annual Conference, the license shall be re-
      certified by the bishop. The Local Pastor (including student local pastor) relates to the district
      committee on ordained ministry on the district where he/she is appointed.
   F. The Local Pastor is supervised by the District Superintendent and a Clergy Mentor, who will
      oversee the Local Pastor‟s work in Course of Study and in the performance of duties as a
      local pastor.
   G. The Local Pastor shall attend each session of the Annual Conference and is responsive to the
      directives of the Annual Conference.

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   H. Membership of the Full-time and Part-time Local Pastor is in the Annual Conference. They
      may vote on all matters presented to the Annual Conference, except constitutional
      amendments, election of delegates to General or jurisdictional conferences, and matters of
      ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.
   I. The Local Pastor, except student local pastors, may serve on any board, commission, or
      committee with voice and vote, except on matters of clergy character, qualifications, status,
      and ordination, except on the district Committee on Ordained Ministry. They shall not be
      eligible to vote on or serve as delegates to the General, jurisdictional, or central conference.
      (¶341.6)
   J. Student Local Pastors may retain their membership in their home church and conference, but
      are subject to the directives and administrations of the District Superintendent in the district
      where they serve. They shall have the right to voice but not vote in the annual conference.
   K. All local pastors shall receive written communication about decisions made regarding their
      relationship with the annual conference.

3. CATEGORIES OF LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶343)

In recommending to the Annual Conference those who have met the requirements to serve as local
pastors for the ensuing year, the Board of Ordained Ministry shall classify them
In three categories under which one may serve:
        A. Full-time Local Pastor
                1. Serves under appointment to a charge on a full-time basis
                2. Is paid at least the minimum salary and benefits as established by the Annual
                    Conference
                3. Has completed or is in the process of completing the Course of Study
                    by taking four courses per year
                4. Following completion of the Course of Study, maintains a continuing
                   education program as directed by the Annual Conference
                4. May not be a full-time student in any school, university, or seminary.

       B. Part-time Local Pastor
              1. Has met the requirements for licensing
              2. Does not devote their entire time to ministry in the local church
              3. Does not receive in cash support per year from all Church sources a sum
                  equal to or larger than the minimum base compensation established by the annual
                  conference for full-time local pastors
              4. If enrolled in an appropriate school of higher education or seminary approved by
                  the University Senate, must be appointed in their home conference (per Judicial
                  Council ruling in 2001)
              5. Shall complete two courses per year in a Course of Study school or the
                  correspondence curriculum prescribed by the General Board of Higher Education
                  and Ministry, until they complete the Course of Study.
       C. Student Local Pastor
              1. If enrolled in an appropriate school of higher education or seminary approved by
                  the University Senate, is appointed in a conference other than their home
                  conference.
              2. Has met the requirements for licensing
              3. Makes appropriate progress in their educational program as determined by the
                  Board of Ordained Ministry.




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4. REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSE AS A LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline,
¶340)

All persons who are not ordained as elders but are appointed to preach, conduct divine worship, and
perform the duties of a pastor in a local church shall have a license for pastoral ministry. The Board of
Ordained Ministry may recommend to the executive session of the annual conference the licensing of
those persons who meet the following requirements:

a) Completed the conditions for candidacy certification (see section on Candidacy Certification in
   this Handbook and ¶306);
b) Been examined and recommended annually by the district Committee on Ordained Ministry;
c) Completed the studies for the license as a local pastor as prescribed and supervised
   by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. (see sections on Licensing School in
   this Handbook).
d) Been approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry and the executive session of the Annual
   Conference. (¶ 633.2g).


5. STEPS TO OBTAINING A LICENSE AS A LOCAL PASTOR

A summary:

1. Become a certified candidate;
2. Receive the recommendation of the district Committee on Ordained Ministry.
3. Complete the studies for the license for pastoral ministry, i.e. attend Licensing School and
   completed Disciple One
4. Been approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry and the executive session of the Annual
   Conference. (¶ 633.2g).

6. LICENSING SCHOOL (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶340.2b)

Studies for License as a Local Pastor are a joint enterprise between the district Committee on
Ordained Ministry, the annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry, and the General Board of
Higher Education and Ministry, Section of Elders and Local Pastors. The first basic philosophy which
informs this program is within the covenant of United Methodist ordained ministers. Full members
have a basic and continuing responsibility to work in the preparation of new candidates. They can
fulfill that responsibility by sharing practical knowledge and skills for the practice of ministry. The
second basic tenet is that persons licensed must exhibit certain basic minimum competencies. Basic
to this concept is the fact that these studies are not another hoop through which to jump or a
roadblock to be bypassed. They are what the church considers the knowledge/skill components
essential to the practice of ministry.

The NCNY annual Conference BOOM has established the following policies for completion of Local Pastor‟s
Licensing School:

1. Local Pastors Licensing School (LPLS) will include a minimum of eighty (80) contact hours. Certified
Candidates are encouraged to attend the NCNY „school‟ which is presently offered in a sequence of six modules
that are scheduled throughout the year. Should a student choose to attend a LPLS outside of the Annual
Conference the Board will pay a maximum of $200 towards tuition.

2. Completion of the Disciple I Bible Study is also a requirement for completion of the LPLS process. An
equivalent 34 week intensive Bible Study course may be pre-approved by the DCOOM as a substitute for the
Disciple I Study to complete LPLS.

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3. The „school‟ is offered on behalf of the Board of Ordained Ministry by the Division of Local Pastors in a
sequence of six modules scheduled each year.

4. Students may begin the sequence at any time during the year. Those persons who are called upon to supply a
pulpit or charge within our Conference for missional purposes who have not been licensed as a Local Pastor are
encouraged to begin the LPLS by attending the next module that is scheduled following their assignment.

5. Several courses offered are appropriate for persons from other Denominations (OD‟s) serving United
Methodist congregations. OD‟s serving UM congregations for the first time are encouraged to contact the LP
Registrar to determine which modules may be helpful in their ministry within our Covenant.

6. It is recommended that persons currently serving in a pastoral capacity in a local church, who are in the
Candidacy process should begin LPLS prior to becoming Certified Candidates. Completion of Local Pastor‟s
Licensing School is not a guarantee of certification.

7. The Dean of the LPLS may provide the DCOOM a narrative evaluation of a students performance after 2
modules have been completed. This evaluation may be used by the DCOOM to establish learning goals for the
student.

8. A Recommendation by the LPLS dean/staff is necessary for licensing as a Local Pastor.




7. CONTINUANCE AS A LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶344))

It is the responsibility of the district Committee on Ordained Ministry to annually review and
recommend for continuance all persons who are licensed local pastors. The following guidelines
(¶344) will be used:

1. Persons licensed as local pastors who are not probationary members shall continue
   in college, in a program of theological education at an approved seminary, or in the
   Course of Study.

2. Upon recommendation by the district Committee on Ordained Ministry, and by the conference
   Board of Ordained Ministry, the clergy members in full connection may approve the continuance
   as a licensed local pastor.

3. Full-time local pastors shall complete the five-year Course of Study curriculum within eight years,
   part-time local pastors shall complete the Course of Study curriculum within twelve years), unless
   family or other circumstances preclude the local pastor's ability to meet these requirements. An
   extension beyond the prescribed limit may be granted annually by a three-fourths vote of the
   district committee on ordained ministry, recommendation by the conference Board of Ordained
   Ministry, and the vote of the clergy members in full connection.

4. A local pastor may choose to remain in a local relationship with the annual conference
   upon having completed the five-year Course of Study. Full-time local pastors are required to
   receive a minimum of one CEU per year and eight CEU‟s per quadrenium. Part-time local pastors
   are encouraged to do continuing education. The current NCNY annual conference allows $1,500
   per quadrenium for continuing education. Local pastors serving in their retirement will be expected
   to continue in their COS work until it has been completed.

5. All local pastors shall be assigned a Clergy Mentor by their district superintendent. The
   Clergy Mentors shall work with the local pastor in meeting the above requirements for
   continuance. It is the responsibility of the local pastor to ensure that a Clergy Mentor has been
   assigned, and to contact that mentor for the help needed.

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The following policy has not yet been voted on.

   a. All local pastors who are currently attending COS, and all local pastors who are working on
      their undergraduate degree, will meet for a minimum of 16 hour, not less than 4 meetings, per
      year with a mentoring group. The mentoring group will be lead initially by 2 elders, or one
      elder and an associate member of annual conference, until the first group of Local Pastors
      have completed their two year covenant group and are eligible to co-lead a mentoring group
      with an elder. From that point on each group would be lead by an elder and a full time local
      pastor who has completed COS or an associate member of annual conference.

   b. All local pastors who have completed COS will attend a Covenant group, convened and
      designed by the BOOM and dCOOM, for two years after the completion of COS. This group
      will meet a minimum of 12 hours during the year at not less than 4 meetings. The group will be
      lead by two elders and will meet for the purpose of theological reflection. At the end of this
      time, interested LP‟s will be eligible to co-lead one of the COS mentoring groups.

   c. All Local pastors who are attending seminary, and all local pastor‟s who have completed the
      work as outlines in number 2, will be an active member of a covenant group in which there is
      at least one UM elder. They shall attend this Covenant group a minimum of 6 times a year.

Each district will determine the time and place for the meeting, assigning local pastors to groups. The
mentor will not be amenable to the dCOOM or BOOM for anything other than an attendance report.

Mentor training will be provided by BOOM.

A task force comprised of one member from each dCOOM, a member of the LP division of BOOM
and 3 representatives from the Local Pastor‟s Communion Executive committee will meet to design
the methodology and process for above groups one and two, using ¶ 331, 347 and 341.4 as a
guideline. Materials and guidelines are also available from the General Board. This task force will
meet annually for the next three years to review and evaluate and change the process as necessary.

7. All local pastor‟s are required to attend a conference wide Boundaries and Safe Spaces training
event every quadrenium.


8. DISCONTINUANCE OF THE LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶346)

Please refer to the 2000 Book of Discipline for information regarding discontinuance and surrendering
of license and credentials. When a local pastor retires or the district Committee on Ordained Ministry
does not recommend continuation of license, license and credentials are surrendered to the district
superintendent for deposit with the secretary of the conference. After consultation with the pastor, the
former local pastor shall designate the local church in which membership shall be held.
Reinstatement takes place only upon recommendation by the district Committee on Ordained Ministry
from which their license was discontinued, the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the cabinet. Persons
seeking reinstatement shall provide evidence that they have been members of a local United
Methodist church for at least one year prior to their request for reinstatement. A recommendation
from the charge conference where membership is held is required.




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9. RETIREMENT OF THE LOCAL PASTOR (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶346.5)

A local pastor who has made satisfactory progress in the Course of Study, as recommended by the
district committee on ordained ministry, may be recognized as a retired local pastor. Retirement
provisions for local pastors hall be the same as those for clergy members (see Pensions Section in
this Handbook). Retired local pastors may attend annual conference sessions with voice but not
vote. A retired local pastor may be appointed by the bishop to a charge and licensed without any
additional claim upon the conference minimum compensation nor further pension credit.

10. COURSE OF STUDY SCHOOLS (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶343, 344)

Persons licensed as local pastors who are not probationary members shall continue in
college, in a program of theological education at an approved seminary, or in the five-year
Course of Study. (¶344) The Course of Study in The United Methodist Church is provided and
administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for persons:
        Who are certified candidates for ordained ministry,
        Who have successfully completed the NCNY Conference Licensing School,
        Who have been licensed by the Bishop after approval by the district Committee and Board
            of Ordained Ministry,
        Who are unable to attend an approved school of theology.

The Course of Study is a basic theological education program of the Division of Ordained Ministry,
Section of Elders and Local pastors. It is provided for those who are licensed as Local Pastors who
are unable to attend an approved seminary. Participants in the program should have completed
candidacy for ordained ministry and the Virginia Conference licensing school.

The Course of Study is offered at regional Course of Study schools held each summer on the
campuses of United Methodist theological seminaries. Extension courses for part-time local pastors
are held throughout the year at certain locations. These extension centers usually offer courses in a
two or three weekend format which allows bi-vocational local pastors to participate without taking a lot
of time away from their work.

The Course of Study includes a five-year curriculum with four courses per year as follows (revised
      2000-2004 curriculum):

First Year:
 The Pastor as Interpreter of the Bible
 Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
 Pastoral Care for Spiritual Formation
 Pastoral Leadership and Administration

Second Year:
 Hebrew Bible I
 Theological Heritage: Early and Medieval
 Formation for Discipleship
 Practice of Preaching

Third Year:
 New Testament I


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   Theological Heritage: Reformation
   Our Mission: Evangelism
   Pastoral Care and Counseling

Fourth Year:
 Hebrew Bible II
 Wesleyan Movement
 Worship and Sacraments
 Personal and Social Ethics

Fifth Year:
 New Testament II
 Contemporary Theology
 Our Mission: Transforming Agent
 Theology and the Practice of Ministry.

See Appendix B for a chart comparing the revised curriculum with the former curriculum.

Read carefully the following guidelines for special circumstances related to these
courses:
In case of emergency or unusual circumstances, with the approval of the Board of Ordained
Ministry, courses may be also taken through a correspondence curriculum provided by the
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. In the NCNY Conference, a maximum of two
courses only may be taken by correspondence or Internet. Applications for correspondence courses
may be obtained from the Office of Ministerial Services. Course fee is $50 which does not include the
cost of textbooks.

A candidate who has attended an accredited theological seminary may request that work completed
       in the school of theology be evaluated by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
       for transfer to the Course of Study. The request for evaluation must come from the NCNY
       Conference Board of Ordained Ministry through the Local Pastor registrar and an official
       transcript must be supplied.

No credit is recognized in the Course of Study for work completed on the undergraduate level.

At the discretion of the General Board, clinical pastoral education units or credit from an Accredited
graduate degree program may be applied to the Course of Study.

It is the policy of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to limit students to four
courses per year in the Course of Study while enrolled in the basic five-year curriculum. The
reason for the limitation is that Course of Study students are expected to participate in a program of
supervised ministry with a pastoral mentor who will assist in the preparation of assignments and the
integration of what has been learned with the practice of pastoral ministry. In addition, licensed local
pastors do not usually attend the Course of Study the first summer they are appointed.

When attending the Course of Study, pastors should make arrangements for their pastoral duties and
preaching/worship responsibilities to be covered by someone else during that month. All one‟s time
during the School should be devoted to studies. Travel home should be for personal and family
reasons only.


COS policies

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The BOOM has established the following policies for reimbursements of Local Pastors attending
the Course of Study Program:

1. BOOM will credit an enrolled student‟s account 75% (effective 2002) of the published fees.

2. Applications, completed and signed by the District Superintendent, enclosed with a $25 deposit for
the COS, must be received by the Conference Local Pastors Registrar for review and consideration
90 days prior to the start of classes. There will be no exceptions. Late or rejected applications will be
returned to the applicant.

3. The BOOM will not pay for the student fees to retake a COS course if a student does not complete
a course within 60 days of the end of the course, or if the student receives a grade of „D‟ or „F‟.

4. Requests for account adjustment must be received in writing by the Local Pastors Registrar within
60 days of the end of the course.

5. Students may attend the COS at any of the accredited UM schools. Full time local pastors must
attend a Regional Course of Study school on a seminary campus. Part time Local Pastors will take a
minimum of four courses on a seminary campus. Exceptions, based on TABE scores, may be
granted by DCOOMs in consultation with the Local Pastor Registrar.
6. Course of Study students are not eligible for other continuing education funds until the COS is completed.
COS payments are considered continuing education.
For information about Course of Study Schools, go to gbhem.org

Care should be taken when making the decision as to which school to attend. There are many factors
to consider, including geographic location, facilities, class periods, and individual needs. District
Superintendents, mentors, and the Division of Local Pastors can offer advice as to particular
circumstances. One option is to contact a present or past student to learn of the particulars that are
most important to you.

The curriculum at each school discussed is reasonably close to identical. Both require advance
reading and writing assignments and will assign reading and writing work to be completed after
classes. Again, It is mandatory for the student to arrange for substitute preachers while in school.
Weekend time is needed for study and rest. Traveling home to preach adds to the stress of school
(not to mention the added time needed for sermon preparation). Your district superintendent may be
able to assist you with suggestions for substitute preachers. Also work with the laity in your
church(es) for pulpit help.

Hispanic Course of Study Schools

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry sponsors three Hispanic Course of Study
Schools. They are held at Perkins Course of Study school in Dallas, TX, the North Central
Jurisdictional Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical in Evanston, Illinois, and the Course of
Study School at Claremont in California. Students interested in taking the Course of Study in the
Spanish language may apply to the director of the Course of Study school at any of these schools.
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry underwrites both the tuition and the
transportation costs of students attending these schools. For more information, contact the Office of
Ministerial Services. If you have other specific language needs, contact the Office of Ministerial
Services for assistance and options.

United Methodist Course of Study in Israel



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A special educational Program of the Division of Ordained Ministry, The General Board of Higher
Education and Ministry, offers part-time and full-time local pastors an opportunity to experience the
Holy Land, receive on-site instruction, and receive Course of Study credit. Contact the Office of
Ministerial Services or visit the following web site: http://www.netdoor.com/com/umcos/

New Congregational Development and Lay Missioner Training Schools

The New Congregational Development and Lay Missioner Training Schools prepare students for new
congregational development among poor and marginalized people as part of the mission strategy of
the United Methodist Church. Those who successfully complete the program may qualify for license
as a local pastor and/or credit in the Course of Study. The Course of Study school at Emory in Atlanta
and the Appalachian Local Pastors School in the Red Bird Missionary Conference have offered
training in new congregational development. The Perkins Course of Study School in Dallas, TX, has
offered Lay Missioner Training for Hispanic lay leaders and their pastors. A similar program is
planned for the Hispanic School at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.


11. LOCAL PASTORS PREPARING FOR PROBATIONARY MEMBERSHIP AND ELDER’S
    ORDERS UNDER THE 1996 DISCIPLINE (see 2000 Book of Discipline, ¶315.3, 315.4c,
    315.6, 326)

Local pastors may fulfill the requirements for probationary membership and commissioning when they
have:
        Reached forty years of age;
        Completed the five-year Course of Study for ordained ministry, of which no more than four
           courses may be taken by correspondence or Internet;
        Completed a bachelor‟s degree from a college or university recognized by the University
           Senate. Exceptions to the undergraduate degree requirements may be made in
           consultation with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in some instances,
           for missional purposes, for persons who have a minimum of sixty semester hours of
           Bachelor of Arts credit (see ¶315.3 for details);
        Completed an Advanced Course of Study consisting of thirty-two semester hours of
           graduate theological study or its equivalent as determined by the General Board of Higher
           Education and Ministry, including a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of the basic
           graduate theological studies of the Christian faith including the areas of: Old Testament,
           New Testament, theology, church history, evangelism, mission of the church in the world,
           worship/liturgy, and at least two semester or three quarter hours in each of the areas of
           United Methodist doctrine, polity, and history. Note that the NCNY Conference has
           additional course requirements for ordination as an elder, including a course in preaching
           and a unit of C.P.E. Four to six semester hours of credit may be earned each summer in
           the Advanced Course of Study (see below).
        Once commissioned a probationary member, all requirements for full membership and
           ordination as an elder must be met, including serving three years as a probationary
           member. See ¶324 to 327, 2000 Discipline and NCNY Conference policies.
        Application deadline for interviews with the Board of Ordained Ministry is September 15 for
           the following Annual Conference. Request an application packet from the BOOM registrar
           after July 15.

   Note: For information about qualifying and requirements under the 1992 Discipline, see
      Transitional Policies listed below.

   Advanced Course of Study

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   The purpose of the Advanced Course of Study for Ordained Ministry is to provide a
   curriculum which will enable a local pastor to meet the educational requirements for
   probationary membership.

      The Courses chosen will not duplicate those included in the basic five-year curriculum.
      Courses selected shall include both foundational and functional studies appropriate to each
       candidate. Foundational courses include studies in the areas of theology, church history,
       biblical study, or church in society. Functional courses include advanced work in counseling,
       church administration, evangelism, preaching, teaching or worship.
      Four to six semester hours of credit may be earned each summer in the Advanced Course of
       Study.
      Advanced Course of Study students may enroll in the Master of Divinity curriculum courses.
      Each student shall have courses approved and recorded by the General Board of Higher
       Education and Ministry.
      Graduate studies not taken in a theological school, which parallel courses offered for
       advanced studies, may be approved by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to
       a maximum of nine semester hours. Such studies must have been taken within the last 10
       years.
      One basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education may be recognized as the equivalent of six
       semester hours in the Advanced Course of Study.
      NCNY Conference students must meet the educational requirements set by the Board of
       Ordained Ministry for probationary membership (see Appendix C). These are identical to the
       ones in the Discipline with the addition of a course in preaching and a unit of CPE.

Advanced Course of Study Courses are offered during the summer sessions with the regular Course
of Study Schools. See Section 11. Course of Study Schools above for registration, and cost
information. Scholarships for the Advanced Course of Study are offered by the Board of Ordained
Ministry as follows:
 The following policy has yet to be adapoted by the NCNY BOOM
    A scholarship of $425 is granted for each Advanced Course of Study course (2 semester hours
        each), with a maximum of $850 for the summer COS Schools. When a course is taken in a
        regular graduate theological curriculum, the $425 scholarship would be granted for each
        course (at least 2 semester hours). Scholarship for CPE would be paid at the rate of $425 for
        each 2 semester hours not to exceed actual costs.


12. TRANSITIONAL POLICIES FOR LOCAL PASTORS (¶ 366, 2000 Discipline)

Who may qualify under the 1992 Discipline?
Local pastors who have completed at least four courses in the Course of Study for Ordained Ministry
prior to January 1, 1997, may continue in the Course of Study and be received into associate,
probationary, or full conference membership and be ordained as a deacon or an elder under the
provisions of The 1992 Book of Discipline (see ¶416. 2) provided that all requirements have been met
prior to December 31, 2008.

Interpretation: If you qualify by having completed at least four courses in the Course of Study by
January 1, 1997, then you may apply to the Board of Ordained Ministry for Associate Membership
(see ¶420.1, 1992 Discipline) once you have met the following conditions:
         Reached age thirty-five
         Served four years as a full-time local pastor
         Completed Licensing School and the five-year course of study

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          Completed a minimum of sixty semester hours toward the Bachelor of Arts or an
           equivalent degree in a college or university listed by the University Senate or competency
           equivalence through an external degree program at a college or university listed by the
           university Senate
          Been interviewed and recommended by the district Committee on Ordained Ministry
          Applied and competed the interview process and been recommended by the Board of
           Ordained Ministry.

Exceptions to the full time service and the 60 semester hours may be granted by the Executive
Committee, Board of Ordained Ministry. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the chair
of the Board. Once recommended by the Board and elected by the clergy session, you must serve as
an Associate Member for two years and complete two years (four courses) in the Advanced Course
of Study. Then you may apply to the Board of Ordained Ministry for Probationary Membership (see
¶416. 2, 1992 Discipline). Note the educational requirement of an undergraduate degree and policy
regarding exceptions. Once recommended by the Board and elected by the clergy session, you must
serve two years as a Probationary Member and complete two more years in the Advanced Course of
Study (four more courses). A total of eight courses are required in the Advanced Course of Study
under the 1992 Discipline. Once completed, you may apply for ordination as an elder and full
conference membership. Under this transitional plan, all requirements must be completed by
December 31, 2008. Applications for Associate, Probationary, and Full Membership are due to the
Board of Ordained Ministry by September 15, annually. Packets with applications and instructions are
available from the Office of Ministerial Services after July 15, annually. Interviews for these
relationships are held in February and March.


13. TRANSITIONAL POLICIES FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS (¶366.2, 2000 Discipline)

Associate Members received into conference membership prior to January 1, 1997, may be received
into full conference membership and be ordained an elder under the transitional provisions of The
2000 Book of Discipline (¶366.2) provided they have been under appointment for four years of full-
time service. This option is available until December 31, 2004.


Interpretation: The following provisions must be met:
         Fulfilled the provisions of ¶304, which deals with call and commitment to ministry.
         Received the recommendation of the cabinet.
         Completed a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of the basic graduate theological
            studies of the Christian faith, including the areas of Old Testament, New Testament,
            theology, church history, mission of the church in the world, worship/liturgy, and United
            Methodist doctrine, polity, and history. Some of these semester hours may be completed
            through the Advanced Course of Study.
         Completed the application and interview process for ordination as an elder and full
            connection with the Board of Ordained Ministry. Packets with applications and instructions
            are available from the Office of Ministerial Services after July 15, annually.
         The final step is recommendation by the Board of Ordained Ministry and election by a two-
            thirds vote of the clergy session.
         Associate members would need to apply in 2003 to complete the process by December
            31, 2004. Ordination as an elder would have to be at the 2004 annual conference.




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14. FELLOWSHIP OF LOCAL PASTORS AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS (¶345, 2000
Discipline)

The 2000 Discipline says that each annual conference may organize a Fellowship of Local Pastors
and Associate Members. All licensed local pastors and associate members may be members of and
participate in the fellowship. The fellowship will provide mutual support for its members for the sake of
the life and mission of the church. The Discipline outlines the functions of the fellowship to include
providing for regular gathers of local pastors and associate members, encouraging local pastors to
continue study beyond the Course of Study, developing a bond of unity and common commitment
among the members, and enabling the creation of relationships that allow mutual support and trust.

The NCNY Conference Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members has developed the
following purpose:

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The Board of Ordained Ministry provides financial support for the fellowship. An executive Committee,
which is an elected local pastor from each district, the two LP/Associate members of BOOM and the
chair of the LP division on BOOM provide leadership for the fellowship. An annual meeting is held at
conference plus the Bishop calls all Local pastors and associate members together for an annual day
apart.


15. PENSIONS AND RELATED BENEFITS FOR LOCAL PASTORS – see appendix

16. STEPS INTO CANDIDACY AND LICENSING

Not all persons entering the ministry feel the call to become ordained. Those persons who wish to
serve throughout their ministry as local pastors and those who feel the call to ordination all begin the
same way: as candidates for ministry. Here are the steps into candidacy

STEP 1: The Inquiring Candidate
The person who is feeling called to the ministry of the United Methodist Church should first speak to
the pastor in a local church and read and discuss together The Christian as Minister, a resource
available from Cokesbury. Usually a contact or visit with the district superintendent follows. Then the
District Superintendent and District Committee on Ordained Ministry assigns a guide who is trained to
take them through The Ministry Inquiry Process.

STEP 2: The Exploring Candidate
After completing The Ministry Inquiry Process, the inquiring candidate writes to the district
superintendent for admission to candidacy studies. The inquiring candidate must have been a
member in good standing of a local United Methodist Church for at least two years immediately
preceding candidacy, and must have served at least one year in leadership within that congregation.
An interview with the District Committee on Ordained Ministry takes place at this point.

The candidate will be assigned a candidacy mentor by the district Committee on Ordained Ministry
and the district superintendent. The candidate, working with the Candidacy Mentor, will enroll in
candidacy studies by sending the enrollment form, the score sheet from the Inventory of Religious
Activities and Interests, and a check or money order for $50.00 to:
The Division of Ordained Ministry
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Post office Box 340007

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Nashville, TN 37202-0007.

The candidate will then receive the Candidacy Guidebook. After completing the first two sections of
the Candidacy Guidebook the candidate makes a commitment to continue the candidacy process (¶
306.2).

STEP 3: The Declared Candidate
In order to become a declared candidate, a person shall have graduated from an accredited high
school or received a certificate of equivalency (¶ 306.3). The candidate will then write to the pastor
and the Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee of their local church sharing a statement reflecting
on the call and requesting recommendation. The committee interviews the candidate and makes a
recommendation to the charge conference. The charge conference votes by written ballot whether to
recommend the candidate to the district Committee on Ordained Ministry.


STEP 4: The Certified Candidate
The candidate appears before the district Committee on Ordained Ministry for examination after
completing the psychological assessment as required by the conference, after the completion of the
Criminal Background check and the written response to questions on the call to ordained ministry,
personal beliefs, gifts, and understanding of the ministry of deacon and elder in The United Methodist
Church (¶ 306.4).
The candidate agrees to maintain the highest ideals of the Christian life as set forth in the Discipline
(¶¶ 61-70). The District Committee on Ordained Ministry must approve the candidate by a three-
fourths majority vote.

STEP 5: Local Pastor Continuance
The district Committee on Ordained Ministry recommends continuance of the local pastor‟s eligibility
and license annually. Requirements include satisfactory progress in the Course of Study, in college,
or in seminary (¶344) until they have completed educational requirements, annual report of the clergy
mentor, and recommendation of the district superintendent. See Section 8 for specific information.


17. LICENSED LOCAL PASTORS AND THE WALK TO EMMAUS

The NCNY Conference Cabinet has made the following policy regarding licensed local pastors
serving communion and serving as spiritual directors for the Walk to Emmaus:

For part-time and full-time licensed local pastors, the NCNY Conference Cabinet defines “the
community being served” does not include Emmaus communities (approved at the March 26, 2004,
Cabinet BOOM meeting)

18. PAPERWORK AND REPORTS

There is much administrative work to be done by the local pastor. Reports need to be filed, statistics
need to be updated on a regular basis, and the membership records need to be accurate. One of the
most arduous administrative tasks of the church year is the annual charge conference.

Charge Conference Preparation and Presentation

The preparation for charge conference begins as soon as one is appointed to a charge and continues
through the year. Keeping good records throughout the year helps to ensure that everything needed
for the charge conference reports is accurate and up to date.

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These steps will help to ensure a successful charge conference:

1. Watch for an announcement from the district superintendent announcing that a meeting will be
held to distribute and review the charge conference materials.

2. Place the date on the charge calendar as soon as possible after this meeting and announce it to
the charge.

4. Give the shared ministry and other financial information sheets to the finance committee
chairperson immediately so that committee can begin to plan the budget for the upcoming year.

5. As soon as possible begin meeting with the Nominations Committee to secure the necessary
personnel to do the work of ministry in the local church. It is not always necessary to fill every position
listed on the district and conference forms. The local pastor and the committee can determine which
are essential.

 6. The agenda supplied by the district superintendent will indicate that certain lay persons are to
make verbal presentations instead of, or in addition to, a written report. Make sure those persons
know well in advance that they will be called on.

7. Reports should be type-written. Not everyone has access to a typewriter or word processor, but all
reports should at least be neatly printed and easy to read.


End of the Year Report

Many of the same statistics that were reported at the charge conference will need to be filed on a
special report at the end of the year. These reports cover the calendar year, from the first of January
to the end of December, and become the basis for the figures found in the annual Journal of the
annual conference.

1. Watch for mail from the conference treasurer containing the forms.
2. Certain of the forms and reports need to be distributed to lay persons (such as the Report of the
   Trustees form to the trustee chairperson) well ahead of the scheduled charge conference. If
   possible, make copies of the previous year's reports to assist them in the completion of the
   reports for the current year.
3. Note the dates by which all monies and the forms need to be received at the Conference Center.
4. Schedule a time to work with the treasurer to meet and figure the amounts to be reported. Other
   persons will need to be contacted as well for help in obtaining financial and other figures.
5. One of the most important reports is the Report of the Pastor. The district superintendent may
   have a special form to be used. The local pastor will need to work with the Membership Secretary
   and other key lay persons to insure that the figures in the report are accurate. In addition, a
   written supplement to the report should be filed that shows the names and dates for all
   membership changes listed in the Membership Summary of the report.
6. These reports must be typed or neatly printed.

Membership Records

It is absolutely essential that thorough and accurate membership records be maintained. If the church
being served is not using the Membership Record System for the Local Church, or something similar,
every effort should be made to change to that type of record keeping. The local pastor will want to be
diligent in maintaining a chronological roll of the church‟s members, which will make it possible to

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know at a glance how many members are currently enrolled in the church. If the church does not
have a lay person serving as Membership Secretary one should be recruited to help with maintaining
this record as well as the Preparatory Membership Roll records of baptisms, the changes in
membership, the records of all births, deaths, marriages, etc.

19. Annual Conference
     All local pastors are expected to attend annual conference full time, and the clergy session. If
     you are unable to attend, it is important that you notify the Bishop‟s office, asking to be excused.

20. Bishop’s Convocation
     Our Bishop convenes a 48 hour Sabbath event for all of the clergy in the Episcopal area. Again,
     you are expected to attend. However, since most par time local pastors hold others jobs, a note
     to the Bishop explaining why you are unable to attend is appropriate.


21. WHO’S WHO

District Superintendents
District Committee on Ordained Ministry:
Registrars for the Board of Ordained Ministry:
Chair, Board of Ordained Ministry:
Pensions and Health Insurance
Local Pastors and Associate Members Executive Committee




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