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

Fall 2018 Course Offerings

Classes will meet September 14-15 and October 19-20, 2018.  All classes meet on Friday night from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

COS 122   Theological Heritage I: Introduction     

This class introduces the local pastor to theological reflection in the Wesleyan tradition.  Basic terms and methods of Christian theology will be introduced.  This class is foundational for the historical and theological class that follow in the Course of Study program.  Rev. Bill Cotton, retired District Superintendent and author, will teach this class. 

COS  223  Worship and Sacraments

This class examines worship within the United Methodist Church including tradition, sacraments, and special services.  Attention will be given to the pastor’s role as leader in worship.  The class will be taught by Dr. Carol  McPherson, First UMC Peoria, Illinois, and Garrett Evangelical adjunct professor.

COS 322  Theological Heritage III: Medieval through the Reformation

This class focuses on major movements and events beginning with the split between Eastern and Western forms of Christianity and continuing through the Reformation.  Using primary sources, students will reflect on important individuals, decisive events, and theological developments.  Dr. Bruce Forbes, Morningside College professor of religion, will teach this class.

COS 421  Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature

This class examines God’s Word as expressed through Israel’s prophets, selected Psalms and selected passages from Wisdom Literature.  The class will attempt to understand the origin, history, and use of these parts of the Hebrew scriptures in the Christian church.  Dr. Dennis Tevis, Director of Upper Midwest Extension COS, will teach this class.

Registration deadline:  July 1, 2018