Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
Licensing School Student Information
May 24 – June 4, 2021
Video conference with a single day – in-person – regional session
The Virginia Board of Ordained Ministry will host a hybrid Licensing School from May 24 – June 4. Classes will be asynchronous (participating on your own schedule) as well as synchronous (participating as a group at a scheduled time). We will also be inviting you to attend a one-day regional event during the two-week schedule. Participation is mandatory at all events for clergy who are entering their first appointments–licensed local pastors, provisional elders and provisional deacons. If there are concerns about the in-person session, there will be an opportunity to make alternate arrangements.
Registration is by invitation only. Please contact your District Superintendent for information on how to register if you have found this page through a web search.
Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am on Monday, May 24 – a Zoom video link will be sent to the email address you used to register for licensing school. Over the course of two-weeks, classes will be asynchronous (participating on your own schedule) as well as synchronous (participating as a group at a scheduled time). A schedule of the mandatory, synchronous meeting dates and times is enclosed in the Student Packet, linked below. Please put these dates and times on your calendar today. If you encounter a conflict as you add those meetings, please contact ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org immediately.
Virginia Licensing School Student Packet 2021 (pdf)
This packet includes detailed student information – a list of course meetings, textbooks needed for Licensing School and sermon submission guidelines.
Virginia Licensing School Syllabus 2021 (pdf) – updated 5/24/2021
Licensing School Schedule (pdf)
In Person Group Session Details and What to Bring (pdf) – updated 5/25/2021
In Person Group Session – Lodging Reimbursement (pdf)
This document contains all assignments, due dates, and materials you need to complete the requirements for licensing school. We recommend that you download this file to your desktop. The second page is the Table of Contents and you will notice it has hyperlinks so that you can move through the pages of the syllabus more easily.
Clergy Ethics – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
- A Story of Abuse within the Church (Word)
- Exodus 22 (Word)
- What is Abuse? (Word)
- Safe Sanctuaries Presentation 2020 (pdf)
The Art of Preaching
Public Worship Presentation Slides (pdf)
Weddings & Funerals
Church Leadership & Administration
- Leadership and Administration Handout (pdf)
- Leadership and Administration Presentation (pdf)
- Characteristics of Effective Clergy Leadership (Word)
Pensions & Health Benefits
- Clergy Finances (pdf)