Indiana Extension Course of Study Spring 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. It is intended for part-time local pastors. 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:  January 18 & 19, March 9, April 13, 2018

Registration deadline:  January 1, 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 January 1, 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.

January 18                6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
January 19                8:30 am - 4:00 pm
March 9                    8:30 am - 4:00 pm
April 13                     8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Schedule of Courses:
Classes begin on Friday evening, January 18.  They will continue on Saturday January 19, Saturday March 9 and Saturday April 13.  Classes that have fewer than five (5) persons registered on January 1, 2018 will be deferred to future sessions.  In this event, students may choose to take another course.

The following classes are being offered Spring 2018:
121 Bible I: Introduction
122 Theol. Heritage I: Introduction
123 Formation & Discipleship
222 Theol. Heritage II: Early Church
223 Worship & The Sacraments
324 Preaching
421 Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms
422 Theol. Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement
524 Theol. Reflection: Practice of Ministry
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