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, 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 weekend 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 Spring 2020 classes:  December 15, 2019 

Late fee for registrations received after the deadline:  $25.00

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

Spring 2020 Upper Midwest COS Offerings

Classes will meet March 20, 21 and April 25, 26 in the Lincoln Center Classroom Building on the Morningside College Campus (3627 Peters Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa).  Classes begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.  Classes continue on Saturday at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. 

COS 122  Theological Heritage I: Introduction

This course is an introduction to theology reflection in the Wesleyan tradition.  Basic terms, tasks, and methods for doing Christian theology will be introduced.  This class should  be the first class taken by students new to Course of Study.  Rev. Bill Cotton will teach this class.

 COS 224  Polity and Administration
This course focuses on developing competency as an administrator in a United Methodist congregation.  Rev. Bob and Rev. Martha Ward will teach this class.

 COS 323  Congregational Care
This course introduces practices of congregational care and the pastor’s responsibility  in caregiving.  Dr. Mary Bellon will teach this class.

COS 421  Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature
This course examines God’s word as expressed through Israel’s prophets, selected Psalms and passages from Wisdom literature.  Dr. Dennis Tevis will teach this course.

COS 522  Theology in the Contemporary Church
This course covers significant individuals, movements, events and theological developments from the nineteenth century to the present.   Dr. Steve Trefz will teach this class.