Upper Midwest Extension Course of Study School

The Upper Midwest Course of Study School is designed for part-time local pastors from Iowa and surrounding states in the Upper Midwest.  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 is $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 msumc@msn.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 2018 Course Offerings

Classes will meet February 16 and 17 and April 13 and 14 on Friday night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

COS 124  Transformative Leadership  

This class helps the student to form their identity as a pastoral leader and change agent in congregations, the United Methodist Church, and the world.  It will be taught by Dr. Steve Trefz.

COS 224  Administration and Polity 

This class focuses on helping the student develop leadership in working with the congregation to developing its vision for ministry and as an administrator in implementing that ministry in a United Methodist congregation.  Rev. Bob and Rev. Martha Ward will teach this class.

COS 323  Congregational Care

                This class introduces students to practices of congregational care and the pastor’s  
                responsibility in caregiving.  Dr. Mary (Fraser) Bellon will teach this class.

COS 424  Ethics

This class introduces the biblical and theological bases for Christian behavior, emphasizing the pastoral skills need for moral leadership in the congregation and the community.  Rev. Tim Bonney will teach this class.

COS 524  Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry

This course is the capstone to the student’s basic Course of Study.  Its focus is the integration of the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of ministry.  Dr. Dennis Tevis will teach this course.

Registration Deadline:  December 1, 2017