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, Wisconsin, 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 usually held on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  However because of the coronavirus pandemic, Spring 2022 classes will be held via ZOOM.

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.

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 2022 classes:  January 1, 2022

Late fee for registrations received after the deadline:  $25.00

Spring 2022 Upper Midwest COS Offerings

Classes will meet March 25/26 and April 22/23 via ZOOM video-conferencing software.  Classes begin on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.  Classes continue on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.  Download the course syllabus by clicking the course name below.

COS 122  Theological Heritage I: Introduction

This course introduces theological reflection in the Wesleyan tradition.  Basic terms, tasks, and methods of Christian theology will be introduced. Representative classical themes will be defined and illustrated.  This course provides a foundation for further historical and theological study. Dr. Travis Stevick, pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, Iowa, will teach this course.  

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, and to other events up to the eighth century prophets.  Dr. Dennis Tevis, Upper Midwest  COS Director, will teach this course.

COS 323  Congregational Care

This class introduces students to practices of congregational care and the pastor’s responsibility in caregiving.  Dr. Mary Bellen, pastor at Ames Collegiate UMC and formerly Director of the Iowa office of Pastoral Care and Counseling, will teach this class.

COS 423  Mission 

This course introduces the theology and scope of mission and the pastor’s role in leading congregations in their mission as agents of God’s transforming redemption.  Dr. Michel Lundula, pastor at LeMars UMC, will teach this class.

If you have a question about which course you should take, please contact COS Director Dennis Tevis (319 572-1940).