Course of Study is a program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, administered by the seminary, for the purpose of educating licensed local pastors in the United Methodist Church.
The Saint Paul Course of Study School offers a variety of formats.
Summer Session-4 Weeks in July/August (Full-time local pastors)
Winter Session-2 Weeks in January (Full-time and part-time local pastors)
Fall and Spring–Weekend Sessions (Part-time local pastors)
Foundational and functional classes are taught, exposing students to both theory and application.
Course of Study School is designed to be a year-round learning experience. Registered students receive advance assignments and book lists from which to prepare. Students who do not complete and submit the assignments by the published deadlines will be withdrawn from the program. Students also receive further assignments during class sessions.
Housing & Meals
Summer & Winter Hotel Information
Click HERE for seminary commuter housing options.
Kansas City Spring & Fall Hotel Information
Drury Inn & Suites
7900 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy.
Kansas City, MO 64152
Room rate of $80 plus taxes/fees.
Mention Saint Paul School of Theology, Corporate ID: 323373, when making your reservation
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
6901 NW 83rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64152
Room rate of $75 plus taxes/fees, this rate is only good up to 3 weeks in advance of the class date.
Mention Saint Paul School of Theology when making your reservation
Meal Information: Spring & Fall Kansas City
$25 per session.
Cash or check made payable to Platte Woods UMC.
Friday: lunch & dinner
Saturday: “to go” lunch
Snacks and beverages
Food restrictions? Call: 816-741-2972
Local Pastor Guidelines
The United Methodist Book of Discipline provides guidelines for local pastors. Some basics include:
- Make initial contact with an elder / deacon in your local parish.
- Read The Christian as Minister (available from Cokesbury).
- Visit with your district superintendent.
- Make contact with your district committee on ordained ministry for help with the inquiry and discernment process. A mentor will be assigned to you for guidance and supervision.
- If your ministry decision is affirmed and a setting is available, you may be appointed to a part-time or full-time ministry setting. Full-time local pastors are required by the Discipline to complete four Course of Study classes per calendar year. Part-time local pastors are required to complete two classes per calendar year.
- Attend licensing school facilitated by your annual conference’s board of ordained ministry.
- Register to attend Course of Study School
Course of Study Revised Curriculum
The Course of Study Basic Five-Year Curriculum has been revised by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). The new curriculum took effect January 2015. You will note that the Course Schedule reflects the new course numbers and names.
New Course Goals
The New Course Goals was prepared by the GBHEM. It defines the goals of each class in the basic Course of Study program.
New Curriculum Exchange Credits
The New Curriculum Exchange Credits document shows you how the courses you have already completed compare with the new curriculum. This will assist you in planning which courses you need to complete the program.
MAKE A PAYMENT
Students (or anyone making a payment on the student’s behalf) can make a payment as follows:
- Enter personal information (please include email address for payment confirmation)
- Select “Additional Fees” and then “Course of Study”
- Enter amount
- Select payment method and start date
- Note start date cannot be current date
- Select “Next”
- Enter payment information and confirm payment