GBHEM to Offer Summer Course of Study Online

April 2020

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is pleased to offer a special summer term of Course of Study online courses. Courses will be offered to local pastors June 1, 2020 through August 9, 2020. The special summer term is a response to the limited availability of COS residential and hybrid courses throughout the connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope the online courses will keep Course of Study students engaged and connected in their theological education and faith formation during these challenging times. We are grateful for the vital ministry of our local pastors as they offer means of grace and works of mercy to their congregations and communities. 

Registration for the GBHEM COS online courses opens April 1, 2020 and will end on May 15, 2020.  Register now by visiting It is recommended that students contact their District Superintendent and BOM representative for assistance in expediting the course registration online approval process.  (WJ COS recommends you also contact Faith Conklin at or 760-7443-9664)

Students are limited to one course per session.
Online courses offered during the special summer term include: 

  • COS 121 – Bible I: Introduction
  • COS 122 – Theological Heritage I: Introduction
  • COS 123 – Formation and Discipleship
  • COS 124 – Transformative Leadership
  • COS 221 – Bible II: Torah and Israel’s History
  • COS 222 – Theological Heritage II: Early Church
  • COS 224 – Polity and Administration
  • COS 321 – Bible III Gospels
  • COS 324 – Preaching
  • COS 422 – Theological Heritage IV Wesleyan Movement
  • COS 523 – Evangelism

Some Regional Course of Study schools will offer limited online courses this summer. A full listing of online courses offered at the Regional Course of Study schools will be posted at by April 10, 2020.    

GBHEM is committed to helping all our students and constituents to the best of our abilities during this health crisis. For additional GBHEM resources related to the pandemic, visit our new E-Resources page.  

About GBHEM: The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry embraces the ministry of learning and leadership formation in The United Methodist Church and Wesleyan tradition; serving Christians around the world who are shaped by a process of intellectual engagement, spiritual and character formation, and leadership development. We cultivate a dynamic culture of call and vocational discernment that encourages lay and clergy leaders to discover, claim and flourish in God’s ministry and mission for the Church, the academy and the world. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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