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ReSource Hosts:
Local Pastor Licensing School
of the Rockies
 Monday, July 30 – Wednesday, August 8
8:00am – 5:00pm


Registration for this event is closed.
For information about next year’s Licensing School, contact us!


Designed for those who are preparing to serve as Licensed Local Pastors, the Local Pastor Licensing School offers an 80-hour, intensive introduction to the role and tasks of United Methodist Clergy. This is one element of the requirements for licensure as a Local Pastor, and is often required for anyone who will serve as lead pastor of a church (contact your District Superintendent for more information).

The curriculum covers essentials in these areas:

  • United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Theology
  • Worship
  • Preaching
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Christian Education
  • Congregational Care
  • Mission, Evangelism, and Church Vitality

Note: Certification as a candidate is preferred, but not required, for participation in the Licensing School of the Rockies. Approval of a District Superintendent is required, as is assignment of a clergy mentor by a District Committee on Ordained Ministry or District Superintendent.

Classes are in session 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily except:

  • Sunday, August 5th (students are asked to attend a local UM church that day, and to take a Sabbath day from their studies), and
  • Monday, August 6th (which includes evening activities).

Please note: A minimum number of registrations are required for the Licensing School to take place. Please watch this page, or email Tom Barlow for updates. If the event is cancelled, the registration and tuition fees will be refunded.

Registration Information

How Registration Works (read this first)
Registration for Licensing School is a two-step process.
Firstafter you have checked with your DS to ensure that you will be approved to attend – click on the Registration link on this page. This will take you to a form where you enter information about yourself, your candidacy status, and contact information for your pastor and DS. This initial registration step requires payment of the non-refundable $75 registration fee.
Second, once we have contacted your DS and your pastor, and you have been approved to attend the school, we will send you a link which allows you to pay the remaining $575 tuition.

Registration deadline: July 17th.
Non-refundable registration fee of $75 is due at registration. Please confirm with your District Superintendent and/or District Committee on Ordained Ministry that you will be approved to attend prior to registering.

$650 total tuition and registration fee per student.
We will contact you regarding paying the $575 balance once your registration has been accepted.

Final tuition payment deadline is Tuesday, July 24th.
This can be paid online or by check. Please contact us for details.

If you need to pay by check, please make the check out to “RMCUMC” and note “2018 Licensing School” in the memo line. Checks should be sent to the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church, 6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111-4803.
We cannot accept checks made out to the Iliff School of Theology. 


Registration fee includes a light breakfast, as well as lunch, on each day classes are in session. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Location & Accessibility

This event is held at the Iliff School of Theology, 2323 East Iliff Avenue, Denver. The main entrance to the facility is at the south end of the building, and is accessed from East Iliff Avenue. Please note that we have a secure campus, so older entrances (the north doors of Iliff Hall, and the breezeway between Iliff Hall and the newer buildings) are now locked at all times. Iliff’s facilities are ADA-compliant.


Visitor parking is available in the B lot. Parking is $1.50 per hour, to a maximum of $8.00 per day. On-street paid parking is also available on Gaylord Street just north of East Iliff Avenue. The parking garage at the Newman Center (the P lot) is also available, and can be accessed off of East Wesley Avenue between South University and South York Street. For more parking information, including a map, click here.


Registration fee does not include lodging. Some local hotels offer discounted rates for Iliff events. We will provide a list of hotels when you register. Please note that the hotels often require registration at least 14 days in advance of the event in order to receive the discount. If lodging costs are preventing you from applying, please contact Rev. Barlow.

Smoke-Free Campus

Both the Iliff and the University of Denver campuses are smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed in buildings or anywhere on campus.