Students MUST be a certified candidate for ministry, and MUST be recommended to attend Licensing School by their respective District Committee on Ordained Ministry. District Superintendents and District Committees on Ordained Ministry shall identify, recommend and submit the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address of persons to attend the North Texas Conference Licensing School to the Board of Ministry Officer (Marsha Middleton).
Each student is responsible for a $100 registration fee, payable by the first day of classes (checks are to be made to the North Texas Conference); the remaining $900 for a student to attend Licensing School is provided by the Board of Ministry.
Upon receipt of the names, each student will receive from Rev. Cathy Partridge, Director of NTC Licensing School, specific information as to the time and location of the Licensing School classes. Once these classes have been completed, a Certificate of Completion will be granted. Approval to serve as a Local Pastor in the North Texas Conference is contingent upon successful completion of Licensing School. A License for Pastoral Ministry is provided from the Bishop’s Office upon a candidate’s appointment to a local church.
Persons needing to attend a Summer Licensing School may attend the Central Texas Conference (Ft. Worth) Licensing School, as space is available. No North Texas Conference funding is available to cover this cost. The candidate’s District Superintendent will need to contact the Central Texas Conference as soon as this need arises.
North Texas Conference Policy Regarding Paragraph 315 (page 235) of The 2016 Book of Discipline:
- Commissioned Persons and Licensing School: When candidates for ordination are commissioned as Provisional members of the North Texas Conference, their appointments include the issuance of a license for pastoral ministry, allowing them to perform the duties of pastor during their provisional/residency period. Attendance at Licensing School is not generally required as a prerequisite for commissioning; however, the Committee on Preparation and Qualifications of the Board of Ordained Ministry highly recommends, and may request, that an individual attend Licensing School before being Commissioned.
- Certified Candidates and Licensing School: All persons attending Licensing School who will serve within the North Texas Conference must be a Certified Candidate prior to the beginning of Licensing School. In addition, each Licensing School student shall be explicitly recommended to attend Licensing School by his or her respective District Committee on Ordained Ministry.
- Seminary Students and Licensing School: To receive a License for Pastoral Ministry in the North Texas Conference, students must either attend Licensing School or have completed one third of their work for a Master of Divinity degree at a school of theology listed by the University Senate, including at least one course in homiletics. If deemed necessary and/or beneficial, the District Committees on Ministry reserve the right to require attendance at Licensing School for any or all candidates.
- Course of Study Students and Licensing School: In the North Texas Conference, all students enrolled in Course of Study School must have previously completed Licensing School successfully.