Upper Midwest Extension Course of Study School

The Upper Midwest Extension Course of Study School is designed for part-time local pastors from Iowa, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and surrounding states.  The school is part of the Course of Study system of the United Methodist Church and operates under the direction of the Regional Course of Study School at Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  Classes are held on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Licensed local pastors who are appointed to serve part-time are eligible to enroll.  Classes are held on two weekends in the fall and two weekends in the spring.  Advance assignments are part of every course.

Students arrange their own housing in local motels.  Meals are available in nearby restaurants and in the Morningside College cafeteria when the college is in session.  Tuition and fees are $275 per class.   Scholarships are available from the Iowa Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for Iowa pastors. Questions about the Upper Midwest Course of Study School can be directed to the Registrar, Rev. Carl Phillips (712-370-7963 and carlphillipssvf@gmail.com), or to the Director, Dr. Dennis Tevis (319-572-1940 and gtevis@aol.com).

Registration Deadline for Fall 2020 classes:  June 15, 2020 

Late fee for registrations received after the deadline:  $25.00

Fall 2020 Registration Form – Individuals registering for the first time for any Course of Study class must obtain a PID number from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  To do this, contact Pamela Frost at pfrost@gbhem.org.

Grant and Scholarship Application– For Iowa Part-time Local Pastors 

Morningside College campus map – Classes are held in the Robert M. Lincoln Center (3627 Peters Avenue, Sioux City, IA)

Brochure For Upper Midwest Course of Study

Student Handbook

Fall 2020 Upper Midwest COS Offerings

Classes will meet September 11-12 and October 23-24 in the Lincoln Center Classroom Building on the Morningside College Campus (3627 Peters Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa).

Classes begin on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.  Classes continue on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.  If the Morningside campus is closed because of the coronavirus and GBHEM gives permission, classes will meet at those same times using ZOOM video-conferencing software.

COS 121  Bible I:  Introduction

This course introduces Biblical interpretation.  Attention is given to the inspiration, formation, and function of the canon, and to the development of a methodology of interpretation consistent with the nature of scripture.  The importance of the Bible as a witness to the life and faith of ancient Israel and earliest Christianity will be emphasized. Rev. Bill Cotton will teach this class.

COS 124  Transformative Leadership  

This class helps the student to form their identity as a pastoral leader and change agent in congregations, the United Methodist Church, and the world. Dr. Steve Trefz will teach this class.

COS 224  Administration and Polity

This course focuses on developing competency as an administrator in a United Methodist congregation.  United Methodist structures and administrative procedures will be explored as well as the missional priorities of the church.  Leadership development, stewardship, cultivation, and conflict resolution will be explored.  Rev. Bob and Rev. Martha Ward will teach this class.

COS 322  Theological Heritage III: Medieval through Reformation

This course focuses on major movements and events beginning with the split between Eastern and Western forms of Christianity and continuing through the Reformation. Students will reflect on individuals, decisive events, and theological developments.  Dr. Bruce Forbes will teach this class.

COS 422  Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement

This course covers the significant individuals, decisive events, and theology of the Methodist movement. This will include significant developments and leaders in American Methodism. Utilizing categories of grace, faith, and holiness, students will reflect theologically on their Wesleyan heritage and how it can be appropriated today.  Dr. Travis Stevick will teach this course.

COS 523  Evangelism
This course covers significant individuals, movements, events and theological developments from the nineteenth century to the present.  Students will be able to reflect on and articulate the meaning of the Gospel and an understanding of the Church as bearer of God's word to the world, interpret the Wesleyan heritage of evangelism, and reflect on and implement strategies and models for evangelism by the congregation.  Dr. Dennis Tevis will teach this class.