Indiana Extension Course of Study Spring 2017

Indianapolis, IN
Friday, February 10, 2017
Indiana Extension Course of Study Spring 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017 - Saturday, April 08, 2017

University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227

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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 District 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, 2012 ¶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.

$190     INUMC Local Pastor
$190     Minister Other Denomination
$300     Other Conference Local Pastor

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

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

Dates:  February 10 & 11; March 11; April 8

Registration deadline:  Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Cancellations:  all cancellations must be received by 11:59 pm on Sunday January 22 via email to and to be eligible for a refund less processing fee.  

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
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

Spring Schedule:

February 10     6:00 pm - 9:00 pm     Classes meet
February 11      8:30 am - 4:30 pm    Classes meet
March 11          8:30 am - 4:30 pm     Classes meet
April 8               8:30 am - 4:00 pm     Classes meet

Schedule of Courses:
Classes begin on Friday evening, February 10 and Saturday February 11.  They will continue on Saturday March 11 and Saturday April 8.  Classes that have fewer than five (5) persons registered on January 20, 2017 will be deferred until fall 2017 or spring 2018.  In this event, students may chose to take another course.

123     Formation & Discipleship
with Rev. Marvin Sweet

124     Transformative Leadership
with Dr. L Wayne Smith

223     Worship & the Sacraments
with Rev. Shalimar Holderly

321     Bible III: The Gospels
with Dr. Britt J. Leslie

324     Preaching
with Dr. Derek Weber

421     Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom Lit. Hist
with Dr. Douglas Witt

422     Theol. Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement
with Rev. J. Wortinger

521     Bible V: Acts, Epistles, Revelation
with Dr. Steve Mathies

523     Evangelism
with Dr. Andrew Kinsey

Hotel Information (NEW PROCEDURE)

We are making a few changes to our Course of Study School housing options.  We can no longer cover all the expenses for a double occupancy room.  However, we still will cover most of the costs.  We are doing this to make certain the school can continue strong into the future.  Here is the new plan effective beginning January 2017.  The Conference office will be providing each student a $35 voucher toward hotel accommodation.  You will be responsible for making your own reservation.  A block of room for COS is secured at the Holiday Inn Express at East St. (317) 783-5151.  (They provide us with a discounted rate of $86 per room.)

When you make your reservations, let them know you are with the Indiana United Methodist Course of Study.  Once your reservation is made notify Michele Phillips at or 260-602-6368.  You need to do this by February 1, 2017, if you wish to have the $35 voucher for the hotel on the evening of February 10, 2017.




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Payment Instructions

  • Online payments by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Check.

    Please 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:
    Attn:  Lisa Timmerman
    301 Pennsylvania Parkway
    Indianapolis, IN 46280

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