Indiana Extension Course of Study - Fall 2017

Indiana Extension Course of Study - Fall 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017 to Saturday, September 9, 2017

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University of Indianapolis
McCreary Chapel, Schwitzer Center
1400 E Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN

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Michele Phillips

The Indiana Extension Course of Study School is an extension of the Garrett-Evangelical School of Theology Course of Study School, operating under the authority of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.  Student performance is reported to the Division of Ordained Ministry, the annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the student's District Superintendent and District Committee on Ministry.

The United Methodist Church requires part-time local pastors to complete the Course of Study in 12 years.  The student should complete two classes per year to be eligible for reappointment.  (Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2012 ¶318.2  See also ¶ 316-320)

The weekend schedule makes attendance at the Indiana Extension COS School possible for part-time pastors having a non-clergy vocation.

Applicants must complete the Candidacy and License to Preach requirements before beginning the Course of Study.

$270    INUMC Local Pastor
$270     Minister Other Denomination
$300     Other Conference Local Pastor

For financial aid applicants should check with the Local Pastor Registrar of his/her annual conference, District Superintendent, or District Committee.

Students pay for textbooks and any other personal expenses.  Tuition includes noon meal on Saturdays.

Dates:  September 8 & 9, October 14, November 11, 2017

Registration deadline:  Tuesday August 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Cancellations:  all cancellations must be received by 11:59 pm on Tuesday August 1, 2017 via email to and to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No cancellations after this date.

Faculty:  The men and women who teach in the Course of Study have academic credentials as well as practical experience in the areas that they teach.  They come primarily from the Indiana Annual Conference.  Most hold clergy credentials and have served as pastors of local churches.

Assignments:  Some assignments must be prepared before the first class session.  Other assignments are due at subsequent class sessions.  All assignments must be submitted by or at the last class of the spring term.

Grading:  Letter grades are assigned in the traditional A, B, C, D or F format.

All sessions are held at:
McCreary Chapel, Schwitzer Center
University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis IN

Emergency phone during class:  call 317-788-3333 (police weekend number)  They will contact the director of COS

Fall Schedule:
September 8            6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
September 9            8:30 am - 4:00 pm
October 14               8:30 am - 4:00 pm
November 11           8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Schedule of Courses:
Classes begin on Friday evening, September 8.  They will continue on Saturday September 9, Saturday October 14 and Saturday November 11.  Classes that have fewer than five (5) persons registered on August 1, 2017 will be deferred until spring or fall 2018.  In this event, students may chose to take another course.

121    Bible I - Introduction (B. Leslie)

124     Transformative Leadership (A. Fulbright)

221     Bible II - Torah & Israel's History (D. Witt)

224     Administration & Polity (MA Moman)

323    Congregational Care (K. King)

324     Preaching (D. Weber)

422     Theology Heritage IV:  Wesleyan Movement (J. Wortinger)

523     Evangelism (A. Kinsey)

Hotel Information
We are making a few changes to our Course of Study School housing options.  We can no longer cover all the expenses for a double occupancy room.  However, we still will cover some of the costs.  We are doing this to make certain the school can continue strong into the future.  Here is the new plan effective beginning January 2017.  The Conference office will be providing each student a $35 voucher toward hotel accommodation.  You will be responsible for making your own reservation.  A block of rooms for COS is secured at the Holiday Inn Express at 5151 S East St. (317) 783-5151.  They provide us with a discounted rate.  The $35 voucher will be paid directly to the Holiday Inn Express.  When you make your reservations, let them know you are with the United Methodist School.