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Fall 2020 Courses
September 25 - 26, 2020 and October 9-10, 2020
COS 121: Bible I: Introduction Click here to register for COS 121 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook, John Hayes & Carl Holladay (required) The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, Bernhard Anderson (required) The Interpreters One-Volume Commentary (reference) Harper Collins Bible Dictionary (reference) NRSV - New Interpreter's Study Bible (reference)
COS 221: Bible II: Torah & Israel's History Click here to register for COS 221 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: The Old Testament: A Historical & Literary Introduction, Michael Coogan (required) The Pentatuch, Terrence Fretheim (required) Oxford Bible Atlas (reference) A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd Edition, Birch,Brueggemann, Fretheim & Petersen (reference)
COS 323: Congregational Care Click here to register for COS 323 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: Crises Counseling in the Congregation, Larry Webb (required) African American Pastoral Care and Counseling: Oppression and Empowerment, Ed Wimberly (required) Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities, Hoeft, Jung & Marshall (supplementary) Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Howard Clinebell (supplementary)
COS 421: Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom Click here to register for COS 421 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: Spirituality of the Psalms, Walter Brueggemann (required) You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature, Stulman & Kim (required) Wisdom Literature, Richard Clifford (required) A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd Edition, Birch,Brueggmann, Frietham & Petersen (reference)
COS 521: BIble V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation Click here to register for COS 521 Click here to download the syllabus for COS 521 Required books for this course are: The New Testament: Methods and Meanings, Carter/Levine (required) Navigating Paul, Jouette Bassler (required) The Moral Teaching of Paul, Victor Furnish (supplementary) Revelation, N.T. Wright, (supplementary) Introducing the New Testament, Mark Allen Powell (supplementary)
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Summer 2020 - New Dates October 23-24 & November 6-7
COS 124: Transformative Leadership Click here to register for COS 124 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: Ducking Spears, Dancing Madly:A Biblical Model of Church Leadership, Birch & Parks (required) The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic and Effective, O'Brien & Belcher (required) Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change, Larry Goleman, (supplementary)
COS 223: Worship & Sacraments Click here to register for COS 223 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: The Christian Year: A Guide for Worship and Preaching, Robin Knowles Wallace (required) Let the Whole Church Say Amen!, Laurence Stookey (required) Worshiping with United Methodists: A Guide for Pastors and Church Leaders, Hoyt Hickman (required) UM Hymnal (reference) Book of Worship (reference) This Holy Mystery, Gayle Felton (reference) By Water and the Spirit, Gayle Felton (reference)
COS 324: Preaching Click here to register for COS 324 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: Craddock on the Craft of Preaching, Fred Craddock (required) The Heart of Black Preaching, Cleophus LaRue (required) The Preaching Life, Barbara Brown Taylor (required) The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching, Paul Scott Wilson, editor (reference) Preaching Without Notes, Joseph Webb, (supplementary) Unleashing the Word, Adam Hamilton (supplementary)
COS 523: Evangelism Click here to register for COS 523 The syllabus for this course is not yet available. Required books for this course are: Announcing the Reign of God, Mortimer Arias (required) Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith, Knight & Powe (required) Faith-Sharing, Fox & Morris (required) New Wine and New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations, Daniel Powe (supplementary) Considering the Great Commission, Stephen Gunter, Elaine Robinson, ed. (supplementary)
COS 121 and COS 122 are prerequisites for all other courses. Courses should be taken in order, beginning with year one courses and culminating with year five courses.Please note that the course numbers have changed in recent years. If you have been taking classes since before 2015, we strongly encourage you to review the course catalog and your official GBHEM transcript closely as you plan your schedule. MSCOS reserves the right to alter this schedule and/or faculty roster as needed at any time.
By pre-registering online, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the MSCOS policies and procedures as outlined in the 2020 course catalog, which can be downloaded above. All registrations must be signed by a student's District Superintendent and Local Pastor Registrar in order to be approved.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Mississippi Course of Study School? The Mississippi Course of Study School (MSCOS) at Millsaps College is a ministry education program dedicated to the formation of part-time United Methodist local pastors who are spiritually grounded, theologically responsible, relationally skilled, and professionally effective.
MSCOS is administered by the Center for Ministry and operates as an extension program of the regional Course of Study School at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. MSCOS is accredited through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
What are the MSCOS policies, procedures, fees, and schedules? For information on MSCOS policies, procedures, fees and schedules, download the 2020 MSCOS Policies and Procedures.
How do I register? Once our new registration system is operational, you will be able to pre-register for a course by clicking on the course name at the top of this page. Only immediately upcoming course sessions will be open for registration. In the meantime, you may also download our printable registration form, then mail or email your completed form (signed by your DS and Local Pastor Registrar) to our office.
By pre-registering online or via printable registration form, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the MSCOS policies and procedures as outlined in the course catalog available for download on our website.
All registrations must be approved by a student's District Superintendent and Local Pastor Registrar to be complete.
Resources for MSCOS 2020 Students
Your syllabus will be available above. you will need to have signatures from your DS and Local Pastor Registrar in order to receive your grade.
2020 MSCOS Catalog Catalog includes printable registration form, and information on fees, payments, policies, and procedures. By pre-registering online, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the policies and procedures outlined in the most recent 2020 MSCOS catalog.