Fall (COS)


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 Conference 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, 2016 ¶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.

            $290    INUMC Local Pastor
            $320     Minister Other Denomination
            $320     Other Conference Local Pastor

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

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

Dates: August 17 & 18, October 13, November 10, 2018

Registration deadline: August 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm


When registering please have your PID # available.  If you have forgotten that number contact Michele Phillips before starting your registration. 

Cancellations:  all cancellations must be received by 11:59 pm on August 1, 2018 via email to localpastors@inumc.org 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 and Esch Hall
     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.

August 17          6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
August 18          8:30 am - 4:00 pm
October 13        8:30 am - 4:00 pm
November 10     8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Schedule of Courses:
Classes begin on Friday evening, August 17. They will continue on Saturday August 18, Saturday October 13 and Saturday November 10. Classes that have fewer than five (5) persons registered on August 1, 2018 will be deferred to future sessions. In this event, students may choose to take another course.

The following classes are being offered in Fall 2018:

121 Bible I: Introduction

124 Transformative Leadership

221 Bible II: Torah & Israel's History

224 Administration and Polity

322 Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation

323 Congregational Care

423 Mission

521 Bible V: Acts, Epistles, Revelation

522 Theology of the Contemporary Church

523 Evangelism


Contact Information

Michele Phillips 

Phone: 260-602-6368 

Email: localpastors@inumc.org


Payment Instructions

Online payments by Visa, MasterCard or Check.


Print a copy of your registration for your receipt.

Check payments must be mailed within 7 days of registration. Please include a copy of your registration with your check.

Make checks out to INUMC and mail to:

Michele Phillips

Admin. Asst. Local Pastor Education

7428 Sweet Spire Ct.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835


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