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North Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Church

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Native American Course of Study


Upcoming Courses

October 14-18, 2019

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota (exact address and motel TBD). Plan to arrive October 13th. Enrolled Students are welcome to stay through October 18 to travel on October 19.

COS 124 Transforming Leadership

Course Dates: October 14 at 9:00 A.M. through October 16 ending at 11:30 A.M.

Register NACOS 124 ($25)
Pay Course Tuition Online ($250)

COS 522 Theology in the Contemporary Church

Course Dates: October 14 at 9:00 A.M. through October 16 ending at 11:30 A.M.

Register NACOS 522 ($25)
Pay Course Tuition Online ($250)

COS 523 Evangelism

Course Dates: October 16 at 2:00 P.M. through October 18 at 5:00 P.M.

Register NACOS 523 ($25)
Pay Course Tuition Online ($250)

May 13-15, 2019

Location: Pine Lake Camp, W8301 City Road M, Westfield, WI 53964. Plan to arrive after dinner (on your own for it) on May 12 and leaving the morning of May 18 (on your own for breakfast).  If you are driving, please bring your own bedding and towels, and (if possible) an extra set for our fliers.  The nearest airports are Madison and Milwaukee.

NACOS 421 Bible IV, Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature

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Rick Bell, Instructor 

This course examines God’s Word as expressed through Israel’s prophets, selected Psalms, and selected passages from Wisdom literature.

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand the origin, history, and use of these forms of biblical literature among God’s people.

  2. Exegete these forms of biblical literature.

  3. Apply exegesis to preaching, other pastoral responsibilities, and issues of the present day.


  • Spirituality of the Psalms, Walter Brueggemann

  • You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Louis Stulman & Hyun Paul Kim

  • Wisdom Literature, Richard Clifford


  • A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd Edition,* Bruce Birch, Walter Brueggmann, Terrence Frietham, David Petersen

May 15-17, 2019

Location: Pine Lake Camp, W8301 City Road M, Westfield, WI 53964.

NACOS 423 Mission

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Ken Hayden, Instructor

This course introduces the theology and scope of mission, and the pastor’s role in leading congregations in their mission as agents of God’s transforming redemption.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical and theological framework for Christian mission.

  2. Explain the Wesleyan relationship of personal piety and social holiness.

  3. Examine and reflect on unjust social realities and the response of the church locally and globally.

  4. Analyze their ministry context and develop strategies for transforming mission.


  • Announcing The Reign of God, Mortimer Arias

  • Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, Henry Knight & F Douglas Powe

  • Faith-Sharing, Eddie Fox and George Morris


  • New Wine and New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations, Doug Powe

  • Considering the Great Commission, Stephen Gunter, Elaine Robinson, ed.

How to Sign Up for a NACOS Course

Step 1

Select a Course & click on the “Add the Registration Fee to Cart” button.

Step 2

Download and print the Course Approval Signature Form. All students who are Pastors under appointment (Full or Part time) must have DS and Registrar approval signatures, even if they are returning students. Follow all instructions on the form.

Step 3

A: I am paying my Tuition:

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In response to needs identified by members of the West Michigan Indian Workers Conference, and a Racial Ethnic Task Force report of 1998, serious conversation about starting a Native American Course of Study was begun. Classes began in the Spring of 2003.


The intent is to make pastoral training economically accessible, culturally interpreted, contextually relevant and communally comfortable for those attending the class. A typical course includes: Two four-day sessions, reading texts and preparing papers prior to class, interactive sessions with dialogue, field application and feedback that will include some written and oral work.

Who May Attend

This program is designed for Native American Pastors. Applications will also be considered from persons who are working in a Native American context, and from persons outside the jurisdiction.


This school is an extension school of the Course of Study School of Ohio at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. It is under the accreditation of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education, and has been approved as a national school, accredited for both the basic and advanced course of study. Although a course of study does not terminate in a degree, classes are accredited and can be applied toward a seminary degree.

An Extension of Methodist Theological School of Ohio 

A Course of Study Program Under the accreditation of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education