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 and Minnesota.  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.

Licensed local pastors who are appointed to serve part-time are eligible to enroll.  Classes are held on two weekends in the fall and in the spring with approximately one month between class sessions.  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 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 2019 Upper Midwest Course Offerings

Classes will meet September 6, 7 and October 25, 26 in the Lincoln Center on the Morningside College Campus (3627 Peters Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa). Classes begin on Friday night at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.; they continue at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and end at 3:30 p.m.

COS 121 Bible I: Introduction (first time registrants must take this class)

This course introduces Biblical interpretation.  Attention is given to the inspiration, formation, and function of the canon and the development of a methodology for the interpretation 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 222 Theological Heritage II: Early Church

This course focuses on the history and theology of the Church through the first five centuries.  Using primary sources, students will reflect on significant individuals, events, and the articulation of the Christian faith during this period.  Dr. Bruce Forbes will teach this class.

COS 324 Preaching

This course focuses on preaching the Gospel from the Old and New Testaments. Students will be able to articulate a theology of proclamation, evaluate sermons for Biblical integrity, theological soundness, and delivery.  Students will also preach to their peers and be able to develop a plan for preaching in their own congregational context.   Dr. Karl Watkins will teach this class.

COS 423 Mission 

This class introduces the theology and scope of mission and the pastor’s role in leading congregations in playing their part as agents of God’s transforming of the world.  Dr. Michel Lundula will teach this class. 

COS 521 Bible V: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation

This course focuses on the content and context of these writings, and the theological emphases of their writers.  Romans, I Corinthians, Hebrews, James, and I John will receive special attention in addition to Acts and Revelation.  Students will be able to articulate a theology of scripture.  Dr. Dennis Tevis will teach this class.