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United Methodist Course of Study

Course of Studycos_gradclass_2014 (Small) (COS) is a continuing education program by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) designed for Licensed Local Pastors, those who are certified for ordained ministry, or those who are under appointment in the United Methodist Church. This specialized theological studies program has been developed by GBHEM and is administered by a Seminary.

Information on Courses: Saint Paul School of Theology’s​ Course of Study School is designed to be a year-round learning experience ​and is learning intensive. Some notable information regarding these specialized continued education courses is provided below:

  • Registered students receive advance assignments (pre-work) and book lists in order 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.
  • Foundational and functional classes are taught, exposing students to both theory and application.
  • Saint Paul School of Theology's Course of Study School offers these required courses in a variety of formats.  Full-time and Part-time Licensed Local Pastors / Students may attend ANY of our sessions/satellite locations.

Interested students should note that the​ GBHEM requires certain prerequisites to be taken and passed prior to enrollment in COS courses. COS 121 Bible I Introduction and COS 122 Theological Heritage Introduction be taken and passed before any other courses maybe taken. 

Saint Paul School of Theology COS typical session information is included below:

  • Summer Session – Beginning in 2018, Course of Study will be offered for two weeks in July. Each course is one week long (Mon - Fri) with two courses offered per day.
  • Winter Session – Beginning in 2019, Course of Study will be offered as a HYBRID course that starts with online engagement in November and ends with three days of in-class instruction in January.
  • Fall and Spring – Course of Study will be offered as weekend sessions.

Information on Upcoming COS Session Graduation: 2020 and 2021 Graduation information coming soon.  Tentative date is tbd due to Covid-19, 

  • Classes for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021 will all be held online in both a synchronous and asynchronous format.  The student is able to take only 1 one class per session, and up to 4 four classes during the four summer 2021 term sessions.  
  • Students are allowed up to 4 four classes per year.  Any more classes than the four, need prior approval.  
  • The "online" classes combine a pre assignment, online forums to interact with your instructor and students, 10 ten hours of face to face ZOOM instruction at the time specified with cameras on, a post assignment.
Local Pastor GUIDELINES (steps to take BEFORE registering)

The United Methodist Book of Discipline provides guidelines for local pastors. Some of the 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 4 Course of Study classes per calendar year. Part-time local pastors are required to complete TWO 2 classes per calendar year. ANY MORE CLASSES WILL NEED APPROVAL
  • Attend licensing school facilitated by your annual conference’s board of ordained ministry.
  • Register to attend Course of Study School

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.


PML COS Certificate Program - Part-Time MO Ministerial Leaders


Part-Time Ministerial Leader (PML) Course of Study (COS) is a practical theology curriculum designed for Part-Time Local Pastors (PTLP) entering ministry following Licensing School.  PML curriculum may also be used for any ministerial leader as deemed necessary for pulpit supply of Certified Lay Ministry (CLM).

You need to have completed Conference Licencing School in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020, a complete file, complete MO on-line Boundaries Training, must attend a Briefing and a Methodism Comprehension Assignment. 

You can also look at   or contact Jenny Gragg, 573-777-1213,




Summer & Winter Hotel Information: This is for the area near the Saint Paul Campus at Church of the Resurrection. (Overland Park, Leawood, etc)

Oakwood WaterWalk - Overland Park
11250 Glenwood St.
Overland Park, KS 66211

This is an extended stay place, fully furnished w/ kitchen & all kitchen accessories.  Build your own breakfast included!  Great to split with other roomies.  BRAND NEW!

Hotel Apartment Suite Type

1 – 6 nights

7 - 29 nights

30 + nights**




One Bedroom Hotel Apartment




Two Bedroom Hotel Apartment




Three Bedroom Hotel Apartment




Click HERE for many other COS & Seminary housing options for Summer & Winter  that is near the Leawood, Saint Paul Campus.

Or you may click here for a downloadable 2020 Hotel list.


Kansas City / Platte Woods Spring & Fall Hotel Information:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport (Platte Woods area)
11820 NW Plaza Circle
Kansas City, Missouri 64153

Pricing: (Rate information updated as of 1/30/20.)
(Rates from February 19, 2020 through October 26, 2020.)
$89.99 per night, single/double occupancy  

Make reservations: 
Make reservations online at or by calling 816-464-2424.

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The corporate rate is a discount of 10% off regular rates (LSPB king / LSPA double queen)

**rate includes our complimentary hot breakfast**

The tax rate is currently 16.35% plus $1.74 license fee/city development fee

Check-in time is 3pm, Check-out time is 12noon


La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City Airport (Airport/Platte Woods area)
6901 NW 83rd Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64152

Pricing: (Rate information updated as of 1/28/20.)                                                                                                                                          
(Rates from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.)
20% discount on rates automatically

Make reservations: 
Make reservations online at 

 or by calling 816-533-4479.


Other hotels that are nearby but we don’t have discounted rates with include the following:

Extended Stay America Kansas City Airport-Tiffany Springs: 816.891.8500
Sleep Inn Kansas City International Airport: 816.891.0111
Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport: 816.880.9700
Embassy Suites Kansas City International Airport: 816.891.7788


Meal Information

Meals are included for all courses.

Spring & Fall terms:
Kansas City/Platte Woods location include:
Friday: lunch 
Saturday: “to go” lunch

Winter & Summer terms:
Monday – Friday: lunch


COS PML Columbia Hotels:

Tuition & Fees

Costs are listed per course.  Registration fee is due when you submit your registration form.  Full payment is due on the Payment Due Date listed on the registration form.   Payment can be submitted online or by check.  Check payments should be RECEIVED by the Payment Due Date.  Tuition fee includes the meals if provided (none due to Covid / online learning).


Registration Fee   $75 per course (non-refundable, non-transferable)
Tuition                $300 per course  

Make a Payment

If mailing a CHECK, please send it directly to our Bank at the following address, and make sure your name, semester/term & class is listed on the check:
Saint Paul School of Theology at Commerce Bank
P. O. Box 843740
Kansas City, MO 64184-3740

To pay online, 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 amount and Select “Continue”
  • Enter personal information (please include email address for payment confirmation)
  • Select “Process”
  • Follow the remaining prompts and keep a record of your confirmation #

If you have been giving an spst email address (newer students), you may log into your student account in populi and pay there.


Students may request a copy of their OFFICIAL COS TRANSCRIPT by emailing the Registrar at the General Board of Higher Education Ministry at  Please include your Full Name and Annual Conference and PID if know in the email.

Course of Study Registrar, Division of Ordained Ministry

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

The United Methodist Church

Office: (615) 340-7416


Advanced COS / MACM degree

See the attached for a bit more info on the Saint Paul Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree 

Please contact Shannon Hancock in our Saint Paul Admissions Department at or 913-253-5084.

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM)

For information about the GBHEM online COS offerings, visit

Scholarship & Financial Assistance Information

Most Annual Conferences offer some form of financial assistance in the form of scholarship or reimbursement. For specifics to your Conference, please contact your DS or Annual Conference Registrar.



To pay ONLINE (via our Vanco payment portal, only thru 12/31/2021, which will take a credit/debit card or bank account info) 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 $ Amount and Select “Continue";    Enter personal information (please include email and address for payment confirmation);    Select “Process”;    Follow the remaining prompts and keep a record of your confirmation #

If mailing a CHECK, please send it directly to our Bank at the following address:
Saint Paul School of Theology at Commerce Bank
P. O. Box 843740
Kansas City, MO 64184-3740

ALL SUMMER 2021 CLASSES ARE ONLINE (no on campus instruction)

2021 SUMMER COS Schedule -  Online/Zoom (4 sessions, starting 6/28 & wrapping up 8/13). 

REGISTRATION FORM 2021 SUMMER COS - reg. closes 6/1.

Enter the info onto this fillable pdf form, then save to your desktop with a different name.  Then print out and mail, or forward your form via email to your DS & LPR where they may sign digitally.  Pay your $75 reg fee via this .  Email me your completed form.  I then manually register you and send you a detailed confirmation.

*Note: Most returning COS Students do NOT have access to Populi.  You may have received an email from Populi saying you are registered, which is true, but you can NOT click on the link in that email.  It is a new student management system, & it automatically sends an email when you add/drop a class.  You will still access MOODLE in the same manner as the past for your CLASS.  The Booklist / Advance Assignments link below will give you the correct books and assignments.

2021 FALL COS Schedule - online/zoom - registration opens 7/1 and closes 9/1, and reg form to be posted in June.

Syllabi / Book Lists / Advance Assignments / Pre-Work

COS Curriculum Course # Checklist - COS 121 & 122 prereq.

Graduation / Certificate of Completion - Form



PML PROGRAMSchedule & Registration Forms:


GROUP Course # MOODLE Online Start Date ZOOM (or in classroom mtg Dates) Registration & Reg Fee Deadline Drop Date 
TWO & Three COS 321 Fall 2021 Fall 2021 Fall 2021 Fall 2021


 Contact Us

Dr. Lucas Endicott
Regional Director of Course of Study School
Saint Paul School of Theology

Endicott - Press Release

Jennifer Smith
Course of Study Coordinator
Saint Paul School of Theology


Our mailing and physical address is:
Saint Paul School of Theology - COS
13720 Roe Ave, Bldg C
Leawood, KS 66224

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