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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. Book hotel accommodations at special NACOS rate here: Best Western Plus, Isanti Minnesota.

COS 124 Transformative Leadership

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

This course forms the student’s identity as a pastoral leader and change agent in congregations, The United Methodist Church, and the world.


  1. Identify and understand the attributes of good leaders, biblically and theologically.

  2. Evaluation and strengthen their own identifies and skills as pastoral leaders.

  3. Explain and reflect on the nature of change in the local congregation and wider society.

  4. Implement visioning, strategizing and planning processes in their local congregations.

Texts (Some books might be available in Kindle/digital):  

  • Your Bible.

  • Bruce Birch and Lewis Parks, Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly, A Biblical Model of Church Leadership;

  • Brandon O’Brien and Jim Belcher, The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, and Effective.

Joseph M. Marshall III, The Power of Four (Leadership Lessons of Crazy Horse)

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

321 Bible III Gospels

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

Instructor: Rick Bell

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

This course focuses on the content and message of the Gospels, as well as the theological perspectives of the Gospel writers. The practice of exegesis will be emphasized.

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand the origin, message, and purpose of each Gospel.

  2. Exegete this form of literature.

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


  • Mark Allen Powell, Introducing the New Testament

  • Frederick Murphy, An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels

  • Alan Culpepper, Anatomy of the 4th Gospel


  • Sharon Ringe, Luke (Westminster Bible Companion)

  • Moody Smith, Abingdon New Testament Commentary on John

Register NACOS 321
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COS 424 Ethics

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

Instructor: Fred Shaw

This course introduces the biblical and theological bases for Christian behavior, emphasizing the pastoral skills needed for moral leadership in the congregation and community.

Students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical and theological basis for ethical thinking and moral behavior, and distinguish major approaches to ethical reasoning.

  2. Comprehend the relationship between their personal stories, pastoral vocation, local contexts, and responsibility as moral leaders.

  3. Develop a Christian framework for moral reason and action, and apply it to the use of power and the setting of boundaries in ministry.

  4. Demonstrate familiarity with and make use of the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church as a resource for ethical reflection and action.


  • Robin Lovin, An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties and Virtues

  • Patricia Jung and Darryl W. Stephens, Professional Sexual Ethics

  • Reference: Social Principles, Book of Resolutions


  • Rebekah Miles, The Pastor as a Moral Guide

  • Richard Hays, Moral Vision of the New Testament

  • Stephen Mott, Biblical Ethics and Social Change

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COS 523 Evangelism

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

This course introduces students to the theology and practices of evangelism as an expression of the mission of God. 


  1. Reflect on and articulate the meaning of the Gospel and an understanding of the Church as bearers of God’s Word to the world.

  2. Ground a theology of evangelism in scripture, the Gospel, and the mission of God.

  3. Interpret of the Wesleyan heritage of evangelism.

  4. Reflect on and implement strategies and models for evangelism by the congregation.


  • Dana Robert, Christian Mission (main text)

  • Miroslav Volf, A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good 

  • Selected Wesley Sermons (from a text of your choice)

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

How to Sign Up for a NACOS Course

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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

Our mission is to educate and train Native American local pastors in the United Methodist Church. The school uniquely prepares students to work cross-culturally in a variety of settings. In addition to Native Americans, NACOS is open to pastors of all races/ethnicities serving Native American people within their congregations and communities, as well as those pastors responding to a call to work in Native American Ministries.


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