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Advanced Course of Study

Advanced Course of Study

The Advanced Course of Study is a curriculum that enables a local pastor to meet the educational requirements for probationary membership, full conference membership, and ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church.

Local pastors who complete the requirements of the Course of Study may continue their preparation for conference membership and ordination as an elder through an Advanced Course of Study program. The Florida Conference requires a C or better grade for coursework completed. The Discipline requires that local pastors who seek ordination:

  • Be at least forty years of age
  • Complete a Bachelor’s degree from a College/University recognized by the University Senate. In some instances, a minimum of 60 semester hours of Bachelor of Arts credit is acceptable.
  • Complete the five-year Course of Study, of which no more than four courses may be taken by correspondence or online.
  • Complete 32 semester hours of graduate theological study or its equivalent as determined by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. 
    • The following 5 courses are required and must be included in your overall 32 credit hours: United Methodist History, United Methodist Doctrine, United Methodist Polity, and 2 additional courses from the BGTS (Basic Graduate Theological Studies section).

Please note that every Annual Conference has different requirements for students seeking Ordination. Before beginning ACOS, you must meet with your Annual Conference Ministerial Services Office and become familiar with those requirements.

GBHEM Advance Course of Study

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Advance Course of Study 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Advance Course of Study Online

Methodist Theological School in Ohio Advance Course of Study

Section 1: Courses required by the Book of Discipline:

___ United Methodist History

___ United Methodist Doctrine

___ United Methodist Polity

Section 2: Additional Courses required by Florida Annual Conference or electives:

___ Preaching (for Elders)

___  Elective 1

___  Elective 2

___  Elective 3

Section 3: Basic Graduate Theological Studies Courses:

___ Old Testament

___ New Testament

___ Theology

___ Church History

___ Mission

___ Evangelism

___ Worship/Liturgy

32  Total Credit Hours