Local Pastor Resources
Course of Study
If you are new to the Course of Study program in Kentucky, please download the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document here.
Appalachian Local Pastor School (ALPS) and Memphis/Tennessee/Holston Extension School
Information and Registration forms for ALPS-MTH Classes
Candler School of Theology, Course of Study School
Information and Registration forms for the Candler Course of Study School
COS School of Ohio
Information and Online Registration for COS School of Ohio
COS School of Ohio-Hybrid Courses
Information and Online Registration forms for COS School of Ohio-Hybrid Courses
Duke Divinity School, Course of Study School
Information and Registration forms for the Duke Summer Course of Study Program
Information and Registration forms for the Duke Weekend Course of Study Program
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Course of Study School
Information and Online Registration for Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Course of Study School
GBHEM Online Course of Study
Information about GBHEM Online Course of Study - scroll to bottom for link to Forms Library
Mississippi Course of Study at Millsaps
Information and Registration Forms for the Mississippi Course of Study
Perkins School of Theology Course of Study School
Course of Study School - SMU Perkins School of Theology
For more information about Course of Study from GBHEM, click HERE.
*Please note that if you are appointed as a Full Time Local Pastor, you must take Course of Study courses from either Candler Theological Seminary or Duke Theological seminary. ALPS does not meet the requirement for Full Time Local Pastors. Post COVID-19, these courses need to be taken in person.
*All Part-Time Local Pastors may continue to take Course of Study Courses from the approved places listed above.
LOCAL PASTORS- MEF Funding
MEF funds are also available for local pastors who attend the Course of Study program. Funding for Course of Study students is critical to helping our local pastors meet their educational requirements.
Beginning July 1, 2021 all Local Pastors shall receive $250.00 per course.
Advanced Course of Study
After completing the Basic Course of Study, a local pastor may choose to continue the process toward provisional membership through the Advanced Course of Study. It includes 32 hours of master’s level education in a seminary recognized by the University Senate. It must include studies in United Methodist history, doctrine and polity.
MEF funds are also used to assist with the tuition and expenses for License for Ministry School. MEF funds also help to supplement funding for Continuing Education events in order to provide for low cost opportunities for quality events here in Kentucky.
Click here to get more information about the Ministerial Education Fund from the GCFA website.