Take the next step—attend the Iowa UMC Licensing School

Take the next step—attend the Iowa UMC Licensing School

March 10, 2020

The 2020 Iowa Licensing School will be May 19-May 26 at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA. The registration deadline for the school is April 20th. All assignments will need to be completed and submitted by May 1st. Additional information including registration and assignments can be found at

Licensing school, followed by the Course of Study or seminary, provides the foundation for ministry to become a pastor.

By attending The Iowa United Methodist Church’s Licensing School, you take the next step to fulfilling your calling to serve as a preacher, teacher, caregiver, listener, disciple-maker, and church administrator in The United Methodist Church.

The Iowa UMC Licensing School is offered in both English and French. It provides the essential steps and training that are foundational to success as you continue learning and developing as a Licensed Local Pastor. Thirty-percent of United Methodist’s worldwide speak French.

Certified Candidates for licensed and ordained ministry who may be appointed to serve a local church should attend this training (Book of Discipline 2016, paragraphs 310-319).

“With the future of the Iowa Annual Conference being organized into circuits, Licensed Local Pastors will play a vital role in the communities they serve. If you feel so called, take the next step and attend the Iowa Licensing School,” said Rev. Arnette Pint, dean of the Iowa Licensing School. 


The Iowa UMC Licensing School is an intensive and rewarding week of learning concentrated into eight full days on campus which focus on:

  • Public worship and preaching
  • Pastoral aspects of ministry
  • Organization of parish for nurture, mission, spiritual formation
  • Christian education and evangelism
  • United Methodist history and traditions.


Because the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry requires 80 hours of course work and classroom instruction for licensing, there is prerequisite homework to be completed in advance.

These assignments and readings are available online to begin at any time. Additional assignments will be emailed to you after your registration is complete.

Prerequisites are due May 1, 2020, and hard copies of these submissions are to be brought with you to Licensing School.


  • $800/student ($100 non-refundable deposit)
  • The remaining balance is due at check-in via cash or check.
  • (Make checks payable to “The Iowa Annual Conference”)
  • Contact your conference District Superintendent, mentor, District Committee on Ordained Ministry or your local church to inquire about financial assistance. 


  • Eight full days of learning
  • Accomodations
  • Meals (Dinner May 19 through breakfast May 26)
  • Classwork materials

Not Included

  • Textbooks
  • (Contact your conference, District Superintendent, mentor, District Committee on Ordained Ministry or your local church to inquire about financial assistance)
  • $24.50 DISC profile survey

Completion of Local Pastor Licensing School is required for licensing. The license itself is provided by the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (dCOM) of the district from which each candidate arises, that district superintendent, and the area bishop. The license must be renewed annually by the dCOM and the district superintendent and is in effect only so long as a pastoral appointment is being served by the licensee. The Licensed Local Pastor must continue with Course of Study or Seminary to remain licensed and appointed.

For More Information

Licensing School Registrar
Lisa Steel

Licensing School Dean
Rev. Arnette Pint

Register Today

Registration deadline is April 20, 2020. For registration and detailed information, visit