The Course of Study School educates and trains local pastors in The United Methodist Church. To be admitted, students must be certified candidates for ordained ministry, have completed the requirements for license as a local pastor, have been tested in language skills proficiency through a process determined by the annual conference, and received endorsement of the annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
Emory's Course of Study Extension Schools are listed below. These schools offer weekend courses specifically designed for, and only offered to, part-time local pastors. Please call the contact persons for more details.
The Alabama Course of Study School is sponsored jointly by the North Alabama and the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church with campuses at Birmingham-Southern and Huntingdon Colleges.
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year collegiate liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and operating under the auspices of the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Birmingham-Southern is located in the western section of Birmingham and is served by six major airlines, AMTRAK, and Interstates 20, 59, and 65.
Huntingdon College is centrally located on the edge of one of Montgomery's most beautiful neighborhoods, Old Cloverdale, and is bordered on one side by the Montgomery Country Club. The beauty of the landscape in relation to the seventeen Gothic buildings owe much to the original campus design of 1908, by the Olmstead Brothers, who served as landscape consultants for such colleges and universities as Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, Smith, and Wellesley. The campus is easily accessible from Interstates 65 and 85.
Alabama Course of Study class schedules, registration forms, and precourse assignments may be found on the North Alabama Conference Website.
Rev. Walter Cash, Extension Director
P.O. Box 93
Crane Hill, AL 35053
The Appalachian Local Pastors School (ALPS) was founded by the Red Bird Missionary Conference Task Force on Leadership and Parish Development in 1991.
ALPS is approved by the Division of Ordained Ministry for both full-time and part-time local pastors choosing to do the two years of Congregational Development emphasis. All of the Congregational Development (CD) courses have credit equivalency for the regular COS courses and are transferable. The eight courses of CD, though under different titles, do receive credit for the following: COS 112, 113, 114, 213, 214, 311, 313, and 513. After completion of the two years of Congregational Development emphasis, only part-time Local Pastors may attend ALPS. The CD courses are offered during a two-week May session and on a weekend schedule.
The May session of ALPS meets on the beautiful campus of United Methodist affiliated Union College at Barbourville, Kentucky - accessible from two major highways (I-75 and Route 25E, the Cumberland Gap Parkway).
Weekend courses meet for two weekends (Friday evenings and Saturdays). Currently classes are held in Madisonville and London, Kentucky. Housing and meals are the responsibility of the student.
To learn more about ALPS you can visit their website at www.alpsumc.org and to request an application and information contact the Extension Director, Dr. Timothy L Bias. The main office for ALPS is located in Cincinnati, Ohio but all courses are held in Barbourville, Madisonville, and London, Kentucky. No ALPS classes meet in Ohio.
Dr. Barbara Nye, Interim Director
1204 Choctaw Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
The Florida Course of Study School is sponsored by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and holds classes on the campus of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL.
Please use current registration forms only. You will not be enrolled unless all of the following items are complete and sent by the following deadlines. Registration form and fees are due one month before the first class session. Forms and brochures can also be found online at www.flumc.org. Please mail registration form and fees to:
Florida Course of Study School
P. O. Box 93070
Lakeland, FL 33804
Students are asked to make their own housing arrangements, should they wish to stay overnight. Information regarding area accommodations will be sent upon request.
Florida Course of Study class schedules, registration forms, and precourse assignments may be found by going to the Florida Conference Website and following the links:
Dr. Sam Ramirez, extension director
Florida Course of Study
P. O. Box 93070
Lakeland, FL 33904
The Memphis-Tennessee-Holston COS School is hosted on the campuses of Hiwassee College and Martin Methodist College. Hiwassee College is affiliated with the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Hiwassee is located one mile outside of Madisonville, Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Martin Methodist College, located in Pulaski, TN, is affiliated with the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
If you do not have a registration form, you may obtain one from your District Superintendent, your Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, or from the Memphis-Tennessee-Holston COS office. Choose your courses and complete the full registration form. Ask you District Superintendent and the Local Pastor Registrar of your Conference Board of Ordained Ministry to sign the form. Then send the completed form to Ms. Pam Whitmore (address below), along with your registration fee or late registration fee.
Dr. Barbara Nye
Director, Memphis-Tennessee-Holston Course of Study
1204 Choctaw Trail
Brentwood, TN 37027
Ms. Pam Whitmore
Memphis-Tennessee-Holston Course of Study Registrar
271 East Ninth Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Mississippi COS meets on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Millsaps College is a four-year United Methodist college founded in 1890. It occupies a beautiful 100-acre residential campus in the heart of the Mississippi State Capital. Millsaps College offers the Mississippi COS a beautiful campus and superb facilities.
The city of Jackson is located at the intersection of Interstates 55 and 20. To reach the Millsaps campus, exit Interstate 55 onto Woodrow Wilson, Exit #98A. At the second light turn left onto North State Street. The Cabot Lodge Millsaps and Millsaps College are immediately on the right. The Cabot Lodge is where you will stay while attending Mississippi COS.
The MS COS at Millsaps offers its classes over two weekend periods, four times a year, in January, April, July, and October. This design allows part-time pastors the opportunity to fulfill their educational requirements while minimizing the amount of time taken off from work.
Mississippi Course of Study
The Rev. Richard Robbins, extension director
1701 North State Street
P.O. Box 1500041
Jackson, MS 39210