Part-Time Ministerial Leaders Course of Study

Part-Time Ministerial Leader (PML) Curriculum is designed for part-time local pastors entering ministry following Licensing School. This practical curriculum may also be used to equip any ministerial leadership including pulpit supply or Certified Lay Ministry. 

Attendance at an August briefing is required to continue with PML. Two dates to choose from:


This Introduction has the potential to fulfill discernment requirements 1205.4, 1267, 1268:

  • Wesleyan Theology
  • Laity Role/Part-Time Local Pastor Role/Expectations
  • Boundaries, Highest Ideals, Social Media, etc. Overview
  • Ministerial Leadership Support Package (Benefits, Professional expenses, etc.)

Prior to Coursework:

  • Complete file
  • Online boundaries to be completed
  • PML application
  • Methodism comprehension assignment to be completed and reviewed


Financial assistance for COS, PML or CLM studies, see the Education Grant Application.

Part-Time Local Pastor Curriculum

All courses to be completed in 2.5 years with passing grades (C- or better).

Licensing School/Briefing Completion

Year 1 Columbia and/or St. Louis (online/intensives):

Bible I: An Introduction (121)
September 14-15 AND 28-29, 2018, in Columbia
Theological Heritage (122)
Quarter 1 2019
Preaching (324)
Quarter 2 2019
Transformational Leadership (124)
Quarter 3 2019
Gospels (321)
Quarter 4 2019

Year 2 Columbia and/or St. Louis (online/intensives):

Worship and Sacraments (223)
Quarter 1 2020
Polity and Administration (224) & Forms
Quarter 2 2020
Formation and Discipleship (123)
Quarter 3 2020
Congregational Care (323)
Quarter 4 2020

Certified Lay Ministry Curriculum

There is no prescribed timeline for the completion of these courses.
CLM's must complete the class with a D grade or better.

Briefing Completion

Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
Bible I: An Introduction (121)
Worship and Sacraments (223)
Preaching (324)
Transformational Leadership (124)
Gospels (321)
Theological Heritage (121)
Polity and Administration (224) & Forms
Formation and Discipleship (123)
Congregational Care (323)

Download the PML Course of Study Curriculum Flier

For more information or questions, contact: Jenny Gragg, 573-777-1213,