The Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) as defined by paragraph 324.4 of The Book of Discipline are required for all candidates for Deacon and Elder. These are seminary level courses and must be completed at a seminary listed by the University Senate of the UMC.
The BGTS include seven 3-credit courses in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History, Mission of the Church in the World, Evangelism, Worship/Liturgy; and three 2-credit courses in United Methodist Doctrine, Polity and History. These may be taken as two 3-credit courses if all 3 subject areas are covered. The Florida Conference also requires a 3-credit course in Preaching for those on the Elder Track.
Please feel free to use the forms below to assist you in completing the required coursework.
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