Upper Midwest Extension Course of Study School

The Upper Midwest 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.  Follow these directions to the Morningside College campus and use the campus map to find the Robert M. Lincoln Center where classes are held.  Tuition and fees are $275 per class. Scholarships are available from the Iowa Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.  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 the director, Dr. Dennis Tevis (319-572-1940 and gtevis@aol.com)

Registration Form

Grant and Scholarship Application

Brochure For Upper Midwest Course of Study

Student Handbook

Spring  2019 Course Offerings

Classes will meet March 1, 2 and March 29, 30 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. and begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

COS 123  Formation and Discipleship:  

This course grounds students in the theology and core practices of personal and congregational formation and discipleship. Rev. Valerie Reinhiller (Dakotas Board of Ministry chair) will teach this class.

COS 221  Bible II: Torah and Israel’s History

This course interprets the critical events, developing institutions, and traditions of Israel.  Attention is given to the earliest Covenants, the Exodus, the rise of the monarchy, the eighth century prophets, and other events.  Dr. Dennis Tevis (Garrett Evangelical adjunct faculty) will teach this class.

COS 321  Bible III Gospels

This course focuses on the content and message of the Gospels, as well as the theological perspectives of the Gospel writers.  The practice of exegesis will be emphasized.  Dr. Michel Lundula (lead pastor at LeMars First UMC) will teach this class.

COS 422 Theological Heritage IV:  The Wesleyan Movement

This class covers the significant individuals, decisive events, and theology of the Methodist movement.  Utilizing categories of grace, faith, and holiness, students will gain a better appreciation of our Wesleyan heritage.  Dr. Steve Trefz (Garrett Evangelical adjunct faculty) will teach this class. 

Registration deadline December 1, 2018