Indiana Extension Course of Study Fall 2019

The Indiana Extension Course of Study School is an extension of the Garrett-Evangelical School of Theology Course of Study School, operating under the authority of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.  Student performance is reported to the Division of Ordained Ministry, the annual conference Board Of Ordained Ministry and the student's Conference Superintendent and District Committee on Ministry.

The United Methodist Church requires part-time local pastors to complete the Course of Study in 12 years.  The student should complete two classes per year to be eligible for reappointment.  (Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2016 ¶318.2  See also ¶ 316-320)

The weekend schedule makes attendance at the Indiana Extension COS School possible for part-time pastors having a non-clergy vocation.

Applicants must complete the Candidacy and License to Preach requirements before beginning the Course of Study.

            $270    INUMC Local Pastor
            $300     Minister Other Denomination
            $300     Other Conference Local Pastor

For financial aid applicants should check with the Local Pastor Registrar of his/her annual conference, Conference Superintendent, or District Committee.

Students pay for textbooks and any other personal expenses.  Tuition includes noon meal on Saturdays.

Dates: September 6 & 7, October 12, November 16, 2019

Registration deadline: August 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm
When registering please have your PID # available.  If you have forgotten that number contact Michele Phillips before starting your registration. 

Cancellations:  all cancellations must be received by 11:59 pm on August 15, 2019 via email to to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  No cancellations after this date.

Faculty:  The men and women who teach in the Course of Study have academic credentials as well as practical experience in the areas that they teach.  They come primarily from the Indiana Annual Conference.  Most hold clergy credentials and have served as pastors of local churches.

Assignments:  Some assignments must be prepared before the first class session.  Other assignments are due at subsequent class sessions.  All assignments must be submitted by or at the last class of the spring term.

Grading:  Letter grades are assigned in the traditional A, B, C, D or F format.

All sessions are held at:
     McCreary Chapel, Schwitzer Center and Esch Hall
            University of Indianapolis
            1400 E Hanna Ave.
             Indianapolis IN        

Emergency phone during class:  call 317-788-3333 (police weekend number)  They will contact the director of COS.

September 6           6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
September 7           8:30 am - 4:00 pm
October 12              8:30 am - 4:00 pm
November 16          8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Schedule of Courses:
Classes begin on Friday evening, September 6.  They will continue on Saturday September 7, Saturday October 12 and Saturday November 16.  Classes that have fewer than five (5) persons registered on August 15, 2019 will be deferred to future sessions.  In this event, students may choose to take another course.

The following classes are being offered Fall 2019:
121 Bible I: Introduction
124 Transformative Leadership
221 Bible II: Torah & Israel's History
224 Administration and Polity
322 Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation
323 Congregational Care
423 Mission
424 Ethics
521 Bible V: Acts, Epistles, Revelation
522 Theology of the Contemporary Church
Hotel Information
Holiday Inn Express South at 5151 S East St. (317) 783-5151 will offer the UIndy guest rate for all COS weekends. When you make your reservations, let them know you are with the Course of Study and should recieve the UIndy guest rate.  The curre nt rate is $96. 
Contact Information
Michele Phillips 
Phone: 260-602-6368 
Payment Instructions
Online payments by Visa, MasterCard or Check.
Print a copy of your registration for your receipt.

Check payments must be mailed within 7 days of registration.  Please include a copy of your registration with your check.

Make checks out to INUMC and mail to:
Michele Phillips
Admin. Asst. Local Pastor Education
7428 Sweet Spire Ct.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835