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Native American Course of Study


Recent Courses

September 11-13, 2018

Register NACOS 322

NACOS 322 Theology III

Registration fee: $25. Course Fee: $250.

Julius Del Pino will lead 322 Theology III, Medieval through Reformation. Open to all NACOS enrollees. Even if you are just beginning as a student, you may register for this Course. 

Register NACOS 422

NACOS 422 Theology IV

Registration Fee: $25. Course Fee: $250.

Fred Shaw will lead 422 Theology IV, Wesleyan Movement. You must have completed Theology I, II, & III to register for this course. Give yourself adequate time to prepare by registering as soon as possible. Upon registration students will be sent a syllabus with assignments.  

September 11-13 NACOS Location: Methodist Theological School of Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015.

Columbus (CMH) airport is the closest. If you are flying, please arrive in the afternoon of September 10. If you are driving, arrive at MTSO on the 11th to begin the Course at 9:00 A.M. The Course officially runs through noon on the 13th. Please arrange your own hotel/motel accommodations in Delaware, OH. It is a busy week so please don't delay in making your reservation. Lunch will be provided the 11th and 12th. Breakfast is not provided. Please indicate on your Registration Form if you will need ground transportation.

October 9-11, 2018

Register NACOS 324

NACOS 324 Preaching

Registration Fee: $25. Course Fee: $250.

Led by Rick Bell. Everyone presently in NACOS needs this course. Upon registration, students will be sent a syllabus with assignments.  

Location: Camp Otterbein, 15779 Cox Rd, Logan, OH 43138. 

Columbus Airport (CMH) is the closest airport. Please make your flight arrangements to arrive in the afternoon on October 8th, or if driving, arrive after dinner at Camp Otterbein. Lodging will be in the Camp's group cabins. Please bring your own bedding and towels. All meals will be provided through breakfast on the 11th. Classes will begin on the 9th at 9:00 A.M. and conclude by noon on the 11th. Please indicate on your Registration Form if you will need transportation from the airport.

The Director of NACOS is Fred Shaw. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Fred at any time. 

Phone: (513) 280-6246

Tuition & Registering

  • Tuition for each NACOS Course is $250, plus a non-refundable $25 registration fee.

  • To register for a Course (and thereby hold your spot), click on the Register Button of your desired Course, and fill out the Registration Form. All enrollees must fill out the Registration Form, even if they are returning students.

  • Once you have registered for your selected Course, download the Student Enrollment Form, fill it out, and send it to Rev. Danira Parra (her address is on the form). Make sure you have all the required signatures.

  • The outstanding balance of the tuition fees must be received by NACOS by August 31st for the September Session and by September 30th for the October Session.

If you are paying for tuition yourself, you may pay online here.

Pay Course Tuition Online

If you have special circumstances that need to be considered, please click on the button below, fill out the form, and submit. 



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