Course of Study

The Course of Study educates and trains Local Pastors in the United Methodist Church.

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The Florida Satellite School is a program sponsored by the Emory Course of Study School and endorsed by the Florida Annual Conference and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

All classes offered through the Florida Satellite School are hybrid classes. This means that 15 contact hours are conducted in a residential format over the course of one weekend (Friday and Saturday). The other 5 contact hours are conducted online before and after the class meets in person. Classes are offered throughout the state during the course of the year. 

The Florida Satellite School is designed for part-time local pastors who have met the following requirements: 

  • a certified candidate for ministry
  • completed the requirements for licensing as a local pastor
  • received endorsement by the Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

Supply pastors and those eligible for, but not currently under, appointment may attend if endorsed by their District Superintendent and their Annual Conference. Full-time local pastors are not eligible to attend an extension school or a satellite school and must attend a regional school.

Worship is a vital part of our time together, thus we will begin with worship on the first weekend of each session and worship together again time on the second Saturday at 1:00 pm and then return to class until 5:00pm. Registration will begin at 5:00pm on the first Friday of each session, followed by worship at 5:30pm.

Visit the Florida Schedule and Syllabus page for a full list of class offering, assignments, and class dates.

Course of Study Curriculum

The Five-Year Course of Study is a year-round experiential and classroom learning process. The process assumes cooperation between instructors in the Course of Study Schools and the clergy mentors in the annual conference.

Courses are to be taken in sequence prescribed by the COS curriculum. Thus, students should complete the 100 level courses before taking the 200, 300, and 400 level courses.  All 100-400 level courses should be completed prior to a student registering for a 500 level course.

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Transcripts and Records

The Emory COS Office will maintain student records and report them following each session to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and to your Annual Conference.  Students can obtain a copy of the transcript by emailing cosregistrar@gbhem.org. The COS Office does not issue transcripts; those are only issued by GBHEM.

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Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011