Course of Studycos_gradclass_2014 (Small) 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 (Part-time and Full-time local pastors)

Winter Session-2 Weeks in January  (Full-time and Part-time local pastors)

Fall and SpringWeekend Sessions (Part-time and Full-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 receive grade deductions. 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

Chase Suite Hotel Kansas City
9900 NW Prairie View Rd
Kansas City, Missouri 64153

Room rate of $59 plus taxes for Studio Suite and $89 plus taxes for Two Bedroom Suite
Rate includes daily breakfast, M – Th social reception, WiFi, and full-sized kitchens in suites
Ask for Saint Paul School of Theology rate when making your reservation

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 weekend.
Cash or check made payable to Saint Paul School of Theology.

Friday: lunch & dinner
Saturday: “to go” lunch
Snacks and beverages
If you do not wish to partake in the meals made available by Saint Paul, please email to notify that you are making separate dining arrangements.  Should you choose to leave property during lunch and dinner breaks; it is your responsibility to return to class on time.

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.


Students (or anyone making a payment on the student’s behalf) can make a payment as follows:

  • Click the button below to get to the payment page.

  • 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



tiana gatewood2

Tiana Gatewood
Course of Study Coordinator
Saint Paul School of Theology

Israel Kamudzandu

Dr. Israel Kamudzandu
Course of Study Director
Saint Paul School of Theology

COS Faculty Summer 2016 (PDF)

2017 Course Schedule

2017 Course Dates

2018 Course Schedule

2018 Course Dates

Book Lists & Advanced Assignments

Book Lists & Advanced Assignments

GBHEM Policy Handbook

COS Policy Handbook

Course of Study Handbook

2016 COS Handbook

Course of Study Directory

COS Directory Release Form

Writing Tips

Writing Lab

Bibliography Examples