New Educational Options for Clergy

8/28/2014

New Educational Options for Clergy
GBHEM is offering transformational leadership classes especially for part-time local pastors who have regular employment outside the church. The new curriculum for Course of Study will be in use beginning this fall, while the new interactive online curriculum will be available beginning in January. While the previous curriculum had many good features, it was 25 years old and needed updating.
 
The new online classes will be offered in 10-week terms, with courses having 20 hours of class time. The Book of Discipline requires that students in Course of Study may only take one-half of their classes online. The online classes will be offered in a 10-week winter term and a 10-week fall term. Regional Course of Study schools and extension schools will offer the new curriculum beginning this fall.
 
Full-time local pastors attend the regional schools, while part-time local pastors may take the curriculum at extension schools. Eight of the United Methodist seminaries are partners in offering Course of Study to train local pastors. To learn more about local pastors and Course of Study, visit www.gbhem.org/localpastors or http://www.gbhem.org/cos.