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


Fall 2017 Course Offerings

Classes meet September 8 and 9 and October 20 and 21—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 121  Bible I:  Introduction

This course introduces Biblical interpretation.  Attention is given to the inspiration, formation, and function of the canon and to the development of a methodology of interpretation consistent with the nature of scripture.  The importance of the Bible as a witness to the life and faith of ancient Israel and earliest Christianity is emphasized.  Rev. Bill Cotton will teach this class.

COS 221   Theological Heritage II: Early Church   

This course focuses on the history and theology of the Christian Church through the first five centuries.  Using primary sources, students will reflect on significant individuals, events and the articulation of the Christian faith during this period.  Dr. Bruce Forbes will teach this class.

COS 423  Mission

This course introduces the theology and scope of mission and the pastor’s role in leading congregations in their mission as agents of God’s transforming redemption.  Dr. Dennis Tevis will teach this class.

COS 523  Evangelism

         This course introduces students to the theology and practicesof evangelism as an expression of the mission of God. 

COS 522  Theology in the Contemporary Church

This course covers significant individuals, movements, events, and theological developments from the nineteenth century to the present.  Students will read selected primary sources.  Dr. Steve Trefz will teach this course.

Registration Deadline:  July 1, 2017

Contacting us

The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
2301 Rittenhouse St. Des Moines, IA 50321 | (515) 974-8900 | communications@iaumc.org