Appalachian Local Pastors School (ALPS) was the realization of a longtime dream to offer training for ministry for those indigenous to Appalachia. The school began in 1991 with seven students. Currently, yearly attendance is approximately 100 local pastors from 18 annual conferences of The United Methodist Church.
The mission of the Appalachian Local Pastors School is the spiritual and academic formation of persons who are willing to identify with the people, share the gospel and give leadership for the development of strong and effective congregations.
Participants in the Appalachian Local Pastors School will be challenged both academically and spiritually by the outstanding instructors who are known for their expertise in their own fields of ministry.
ALPS is sponsored by the Red Bird Missionary Conference and The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church.