The Alabama Course of Study School educates part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. The Alabama Course of Study School is sponsored jointly by the North Alabama and the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church. The Alabama Course of Study School is an extension of Emory Course of Study School. The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry in Nashville is the governing body for all Course of Study programs.
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Registration: Enrollment is limited, so please register early to guarantee your spot and to give yourself adequate time to complete PreCourse assignments. Online registration with credit card payment is available by clicking the blue button below. You may download and print the registration form below and and mail with a check for your $75.00 registration fee (made payable to the North Alabama Conference) to the address at the bottom of the registration form. Before you register, make sure you meet the online/computer requirements and class prerequisite eligibility below.
Online Classes: Classes for 2021 will be held online. Students will need a computer (with a webcam and microphone), reliable access to the internet, and an active email address. Classes will either use the Moodle Learning Management System for distance learning or ZOOM meetings. If you are not familiar with online classes, the ALCOS staff and the professors will assist you. Contact Jim Ryan --firstname.lastname@example.org for computer technical support.
Prerequisite Classes: COS 121 - Bible I: Introduction and COS 122 - Theological Heritage I: Introduction are prerequisite classes and must be taken before you can register for any other class. The other Bible and Theology classes must be taken in order. The remaining classes need to be taken according to the Course of Study Basic Five-Year Curriculum chart. Click here.
Schedule and Syllabi: Classes and faculty for upcoming classes are listed below with a link to the class syllabus. It is the responsibility of the student to read the syllabus carefully and contact the professor prior to the opening session. You will be uploaded to the Moodle System and will receive a password for you to login. Attendance is required at all ZOOM meetings; so, mark all meeting dates on your calendar.
Students are required to purchase textbooks and prepare reading and written assignments as specified in the course syllabus. Be sure to note due dates on all assignments and follow all instructions for submitting the work to the professor.
Cover Sheet for Assignments: Click here
Contact Information: Please direct registration and other questions to the ALCOS Registrar, Peggy Ryan -- email@example.com -- 256-747-3329.
COS 122 - Theological Heritage I: Introduction taught by Rev. Dr. Drew Holland Syllabus
COS 224 - Administration and Polity taught by Dr. Calvin Havens Syllabus
COS 323 - Congregational Care taught by Rev. Herb Robertson Syllabus
COS 424 - Ethics taught by Dr. Sarah Sours Syllabus
COS 521 - Bible V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation taught by Rev. Dr. Jason Borders Syllabus
COS 123 - Formation and Discipleship taught by Rev, Pam Barnhardt Syllabus
COS 222 - Theological Heritage II: Early Church taught be Rev. Roger Short Syllabus
COS 321 - Bible III: Gospels taught by Rev. Jason Borders Syllabus
COS 423 - Missions taught by Rev. Dr. Winston Worrell Syllabus
COS 522 - Theology in the Contemporary Church taught by Rev. Dr. Drew Holland Syllabus
The syllabus for each class will be uploaded as we receive them.
ALCOS reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment or to change instructors.
PLEASE NOTE: GBHEM has mandated that COS 121 – Bible I: Introduction and COS 122 – Theological Heritage I: Introduction will be prerequisites for enrollment in any other Course of Study class. These classes are foundation courses that provide basic instruction and a shared language for Biblical interpretation and theological reflection in the United Methodist beliefs. These courses help to prepare students for the upper level coursework that is required in the COS curriculum.
The Alabama Course of Study School educates part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. The Alabama Course of Study School is sponsored jointly by the North Alabama and the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church. The Alabama Course of Study School is an extension of Emory Course of Study School. The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry in Nashville is the governing body for all Course of Study programs. GBHEM.org
Currently all Alabama Course of Study classes are being held online.
Our students are all part-time local pastors serving United Methodist Churches. Most are from the Alabama-West Florida and the North Alabama Conferences although we draw and welcome students from other conferences as well. Most of our students are bi-vocational, working at secular jobs while serving churches. Most of our students serve small membership churches while some serve in associate pastor positions at larger churches.
Course of Study classes include both class time with an instructor and course assignments to be completed outside the classroom. Click here to meet our faculty. Please allow time to order books to read and complete the work assignments before the first session. A syllabus for each class can be downloaded from this website and from our Facebook page. Please scroll down the right-hand side of the website for information including class schedules, registering, syllabi for course assignments, ALCOS policies and other valuable information.
The Director of our Alabama Course of Study is the Rev. Alecia Curtis Glaize. She is a Deacon in Full Connection in the AWF Conference with a background in Christian Education. She is married to Rev. Dr. Ed Glaize, an Elder in the AWF Conference and current Dothan District Superintendent. Alecia works out of her home in Dothan. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Registrar/ Administrative Assistant for the Alabama Course of Study is Mrs. Peggy Ryan. She is a life-long Methodist and served as church administrator for FUMC Cullman for many years. Peggy also worked for over 21 years with the AP&EA, the trade organization for the poultry and egg industry in Alabama. Peggy maintains the ALCOS office at St Andrews UMC, 615 Main Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055. Office Phone/cell 256-747-3329, Email: email@example.com
Jim Ryan (Peggy's husband) maintains our web presence and Facebook page and supports ALCOS in many other ways. His background is in Religious Education and he worked in finance and accounting for many years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org