Educational Events & Resources

Ministry Exploration Summit

If you are just beginning to explore your call to ministry, plan to join a New England Conference Ministry Exploration Summit. A summit is a gathering of folks in the early stages of candidacy or discernment as well as experienced Clergy and Laypersons from the different ministry paths. Anyone interested in lay, licensed or ordained ministry is welcomed and encouraged to join one of these events. Participation in a Summit is required to become a Certified Candidate or a Certified Lay Minister. Participation in a summit fulfills the "Orientation to Ministry" requirement. Summits are offered twice each year (usually January and August).

Ministry Exploration Summit Facts

Next Summit Dates:   tentatively planning for August 2020
Next Summit Location: 
tentatively planning near Lawrence, MA
Registration Deadline:   
This event requires a minimum registration count by the deadline TBA.

(if the event will not be cancelled, requests for late registration may be emailed directly to

COST: $150 covers room & board with a roommate from the retreat ($40 of this fee is non-refundable, if you cancel).
For a private room (no roommate), the fee is $220.  Some ask whether you may bring a spouse with you if you have paid for a private room.  Yes, you may choose to do so. However, the extra person would not participate in the event.  If you would like for the person be included in a meal or all meals, we can arrange that, but you would need to pay the full cost of the meal(s).  In that case, please speak with Deborah for a price.

If we do not register the minimum number of participants by the deadline TBA, the event may be cancelled. If we cancel, you are entitled to a full refund.


Contact the BOM Registrar, or (603) 892-0359

Local Pastor Licensing School (LPLS)

The New England Conference offers Local Pastor Licensing School once per year. To register, read the Brochure and Registration document in full and return the completed form to the Registrar with your full payment OR a $375 deposit.  Your must be a Certified Candidate and your District Superintendent must sign page 1 of the Registration Form.

LPLS 2021:  TBA

LPLS 2021 Registration Form & Information (read all 3 pages) - TBA

LPLS 2020 Brochure (please read)

Online Payment Link  TBA -

Questions? Contact the LPLS Registrar, or (603) 892-0359

New Pastor Orientation (NPO)

This training event is for folks who have not successfully completed a Local Pastor Licensing School, but who are going to be serving under a License for Pastoral Ministry (Local Pastors and Provisional Elders). If at least one-third of a Master of Divinity degree has been completed, the licensing school requirement is fulfilled by attending the New Pastor Orientation (instead of Local Pastor Licensing School). If you have already completed Local Pastor Licensing School, you do not need to attend the NPO unless your dCOM has required it. The New Pastor Orientation is held once per year, in late May or June.

The next New Pastor Orientation (NPO) will be held from Tuesday, June 2, 2020  (9:00 am) through Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (5:00 pm)  at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center, North Andover, MA.
If you need to be licensed for July 1st and you have not completed the Local Pastor Licensing School (but have completed at least 1/3rd of an M.Div.), you need to participate in the NPO.

Questions?  Contact the Registrar, or (603) 892-0359.

Course of Study (COS)

The Course of Study (COS) is the required continuing education for Local Pastors. These courses must be taken from an approved school. Please see the school lists below. There are 20 required courses shown in this COS Chart.

COS Facebook page for information from GBHEM

For COS information, registration, or scholarships:

COS Registration Signatures
 Please note that COS registration does REQUIRE the proper signatures for registration. Please see the recent statement of the COS policies regarding permission to take and receive credit for COS courses. After your DS has signed your COS registration form, send your form to the New England LP Registrar using the contact information listed above. If you would like the LP Registrar to mail your registration on to the school or back to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope in your letter. You may send your form electronically using email and the LP Registrar will email the signed form back to you.

COS Scholarships Scholarships for Local Pastors taking Course of Study are limited to $250 per course for a maximum of two courses per year (maximum total of $500 per year). If your COS school required you to pay the full tuition upfront, send your grade report/transcript to the LP Registrar (contact info listed above) along with a note requesting the scholarship.

COS Progress
As per the BOD, until the COS curriculum (20 courses) is completed, part-time local pastors should take two courses per year and full-time local pastors should take four courses per year. If this schedule is not possible, a local pastor should discuss this with their dCOM. If there is a reason adequate progress cannot be reasonably made, the dCOM may submit a request to the BOM for a 1-year extension. This is an annual request and, therefore, must be re-submitted if the issue persists into another year. COS Extension Form - dCOM to BOM

Graduate Theological Education

Provisional Leadership Academy

The provisional member's ministry during the residency period establishes lifelong patterns.  This is a time when excellence in ministry is modeled and nurtured by clergy mentors, teachers, and supervisors.  The expectation is that patterns of excellence fostered through mentoring, continuing theological education, covenant groups, and supervision will yield effectiveness in ministry.  Additional information on each of these areas can be found in the Provisional Leadership Academy Guide, prepared by the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Continuing Education for the Ordained

Information about continuing Ed for Ordained persons can be found at this link.