Native American Course of Study
- In response to needs identified by members of The West Michigan
Indian Workers Conference, and a Racial Ethnic Task Force report
of 1998, serious conversation about starting a Native American Course
of Study was begun. Classes began in the Spring of 2003.
Content - The intent is to make pastoral
training economically accessible, culturally interpreted, contextually
relevant and communally comfortable for those attending the class.
A typical course includes: Two four-day sessions, reading texts
and preparing papers prior to class, interactive sessions with dialogue,
field application and feedback that will include some written and
Who May Attend - This program is designed
for Native American Pastors. Applications will also be considered from
persons who are working in a Native American context, and from persons
outside the jurisdiction.
Accreditation - This school is an
extension school of the Course of Study School of Ohio at Methodist
Theological School in Ohio. It is under the accreditation of the
United Methodist General Board of Higher Education, and has been
approved as a national school, accredited for both the basic and
advanced course of study. Although a course of study does not terminate
in a degree, classes are accredited and can be applied toward a