Indiana Extension Course of Study Fall 2023
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 8-9, October 14, November 11, 2023
Registration deadline: August 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm
Cancellations: all cancellations must be received by 11:59 pm on August 15, 2023 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be eligible for a refund less processing fee. No cancelations 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:
University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave.
Emergency phone during class: call 317-788-3333 (police weekend number) They will contact the director of COS.
September 8 6:30pm - 9:00 pm September 9 8:30 am- 4:00 pm
October 14 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
November 11 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Schedule of Courses:
Classes will meet on Friday, September 8, Saturday, September 9, Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, November 11. Classes that have fewer than five (5) persons registered on August 15, 2023 will be deferred to future sessions. In this event, students may choose to take another course.
The following classes are being offered Fall 2023:
121 Bible I: Introduction
124 Transformative Leadership
224 Administration and Polity
322 Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation
323 Congregational Care
522 Theology of the Contemporary Church
Phone: 317-564-3233 or 317-924-1321
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:
Luska Natali Administrator of Ministerial Services
301 Pennsylvania Pkwy, Suite 300
Carmel, IN 46280