Course of Study

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.

NOTE: The Indiana Extension is only available to part-time local pastors.
FULL-TIME LOCAL PASTORS MUST ATTEND A REGIONAL SCHOOL,
SUCH AS GARRETT OR METHODIST SCHOOL OF OHIO (MTSO).

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.

The first two (2) courses that new students must complete is COS 121: Theological Heritage: Introduction and COS 122: Bible 1: Introduction.

SESSION DATES FOR 2019 & 2020

  • Spring Session 2020 – February 7 & 8, March 7, April 18
  • Summer Session 2020 (Hybrid) – May 16, June 27
  • Fall Session 2020 – September 10 & 11, October 10, November 14

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FROM OCTOBER 15th, 2019 – JANUARY 15, 2020

Please click button below to access the Registration Site.

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

Tuition:
$270     INUMC Local Pastor
$300     Minister Other Denomination
$300     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.

All sessions are held at: Esch Hall, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

SESSION DATES:

  • February 7th & 8th
  • March 7th
  • April 18

COURSE OPTIONS: (Syllabus will be linked below once they are available)

COS 122: Theological Heritage I: Introduction
COS 123: Formation & Discipleship
COS 222: Theological Heritage II: Early Church
COS 223: Worship & The Sacraments
COS 321: Bible III: The Gospels
COS 324: Preaching
COS 421: Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms
COS 422: Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement
COS 521: Bible V: Acts, Epistles, Revelation
COS 524: Theology Reflection: Practice Of Ministry

Spring 2020 Course of Study Registration

Contact person: Michele Philips, (260) 602-6368, localpastors@inumc.org 

Course of Study Summer Hybrid 2020

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

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN FROM FEBRUARY 15th to May 1st, 2020

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

Tuition:
$270     INUMC Local Pastor
$300     Minister Other Denomination
$300     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.

Schedule:

  • May 16: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
  • May 17 – June 26: Online class interaction
  • June 27: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All face-to-face sessions are held at: Esch Hall, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

COURSE OPTIONS:

  • COS 121: Bible Introduction
  • COS 122: Theological Heritage 1: Introduction
  • COS 123: Formation & Discipleship
  • COS 224: Administration & Polity
  • COS 423: Missions
  • COS 424: Ethics
  • COS 521: Bible V– Acts, Epistles, Revelation

Contact person: Michele Philips, (260) 602-6368, localpastors@inumc.org 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FROM OCTOBER 15th, 2019 – JANUARY 15, 2020

Please click button below to access the Registration Site.

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

Tuition:
$270     INUMC Local Pastor
$300     Minister Other Denomination
$300     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.

All sessions are held at: Esch Hall, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

SESSION DATES:

  • September 10th & 11th
  • October 10th
  • November 14th

COURSE OPTIONS: (Syllabus will be linked below once they are available)

COS 121: Bible I: Introduction
COS 124: Transformative Leadership
COS 221: Bible II: Torah & Israel’s History
COS 224: Administration and Polity
COS 322: Theol. Heritage: III Med-Reformation
COS 323: Congregational Care
COS 423: Mission
COS 424: Ethics
COS 522: Theology of the Contemporary Church
COS 523: Evangelism

Contact person: Michele Philips, (260) 602-6368, localpastors@inumc.org