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United Methodist Course of Study School

Course of Study School

The UMC Course of Study (COS) School is a five-year continuing education program designed for Licensed Local Pastors, those who are certified for ordained ministry, or those who are under appointment in the United Methodist Church. The program was developed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and is administered by approved seminaries such as Saint Paul School of Theology.

Saint Paul School of Theology's UMC Course of Study

Our UMC Course of Study School prepares pastoral leaders for local church ministry. This school is designed to be a year-round learning experience ​and is learning intensive. Within our program, foundational and functional classes are taught, exposing students to both theory and application. Additionally, our Course of Study School offers all 20 courses  in a variety of formats in multiple  locations.

Upon completion of registration, students will receive book lists and advance assignments, or pre-work, that is to be completed by the given deadline. Students who do not submit the pre-work by the given deadline will receive grade deductions. In addition to pre-work, students will also receive further assignments during class sessions.

Students interested in the Saint Paul UMC Course of Study School should note that the​ General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (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 must be taken and passed before any other courses maybe taken.

UMC Course of Study School Sessions:

Saint Paul School of Theology offers multiple sessions throughout the year. These courses are offered in a variety of formats, and students may attend any of our sessions/satellite locations.

  • Summer Session: 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.

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.

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  

Online Due To COVID
  • 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.
Session Information

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.

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,



Housing / Hotels / Meals...

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:

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


Enter the info onto this fillable pdf form, then save to your desktop with a different name. Forward your form via email to your DS & LPR where they may sign digitally, or mail to them. Pay your $75 reg fee. Email me your completed form. I then manually register you and send you a detailed confirmation & new credentials. Fall - confirmations made after 7/19/21, registration ending 9/1/21.

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 Contact Us

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

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

Jennifer Smith
Course of Study Coordinator
Saint Paul School of Theology

Information on Upcoming COS Session Graduation:

2020 and 2021 Graduation information coming soon.  Tentative date is tbd due to Covid-19, 

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