Local Pastors and Associate Members

Local Pastor Handbook (pdf)
Clergy Mentors for Local Pastors  
Course of Study Book Listing (pdf)|
Course of Study Courses (pdf)
Course of Study Enrollment and Scholarship Form (Word)
Duke Students: Please note the registration process for Duke has changed again for 2017-2018. Read carefully the instructions on the Duke site. Your Local Pastor Registrar is the Rev. Meredith McNabb (ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org) – Not Your DCOM Chair. Once you have received your registration confirmation from Duke, please forward it and your completed  Virginia Enrollment form – found above – to ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org.
Wesley Students: Please print and complete the above enrollment form then send both forms to the district office for your DS signature. The district office will forward the forms to the BOM Local Pastor Registrar (ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org) who will in turn forward your registration to Wesley Seminary and issue a scholarship if requested.
To enroll for courses outside of Duke or Wesley seminaries, please complete the above enrollment form and contact ClergyExcellence@vaumc.org for further information.
Educational Requirements for Provisional Membership (Word)
Guidelines for Cont. Theological Ed. (Word)
Licensed Local Pastors and Weddings (pdf)
Local Pastors and the Walk to Emmaus (Word)
Local Pastors Seeking Provisional or Associate Membership  
Steering Comm. for Fellowship of LPs & AMs (Word)

The Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members
The Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members has a steering committee with officers elected by the Fellowship. The steering committee includes local pastors from all geographic regions in the Conference and includes the local pastors serving as non-voting members on the Board of Ordained Ministry.
The following is the purpose statement for the Fellowship:

  The purpose of the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members is to provide support, love and encouragement to each other through the encouragement of self-care and spiritual growth, and to create a sense of unity and fellowship. The Fellowship will serve all local pastors and the Board of Ordained Ministry as an advisory/resource group on issues and needs of local pastors and associate members. It will serve as a voice for local pastors in the Virginia Conference, will sponsor retreat time, and encourage small group participation with elders and associate members on the district level.

Guidelines for Officers of the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members
  1. Officers are elected at the beginning of the quadrennium and may service up to two quadrennia.
  2. Officers must be licensed local pastors or associate members
  3. Officers should represent all geographical areas of the conference.
  4. If an office is vacated at any time during the quadrennium, the Executive Committee of the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members fills the vacancy with someone from that geographical area.
  5. The chair of the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members shall appoint a nominating committee to select the officers.


The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark, and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the GCFA, Attn: Legal Department, PO Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; phone 615-369-2334; fax 615-369-2330

Background photos courtesy of VDOT.

The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100
Click here for directions to the Center