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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Course of Study Extension School, Buffalo, NY

    Looking for the COS forms for students in UNY? Visit the BOM Forms page by clicking here! 



    Wesley Theological Seminary
    Buffalo, COS Extension School 


    Welcome!

    The Course of Study Extension School in Buffalo, NY, began in 2004 at the request of the Board of Ordained Ministry of the former Western New York Conference. The new program was co-founded by Wendy Deichmann, an elder and theological educator in the Conference and Cliff Cliver, a dedicated local pastor who was then serving as president of the Local Pastors Association, with approval of the Board of Directors of the UM Course of Study Program seated in Nashville, TN. The School was developed to serve part-time Local Pastors in Upstate New York and the surrounding region who could not readily access more distant offerings.

    The staff and students are grateful to the office at the Wesley Course of Study Program in Washington, DC, for its oversight and relationship with us. As the Regional COS School, Wesley has a deep commitment to our program and the ongoing support of our students and staff. We are also grateful to United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, for leadership in development of the program, and for educational, financial and technological resourcing. Appreciation is due to the Boards of Ordained Ministry of Upper New York and surrounding Conferences for their guidance and financial support for our local pastors and to the many churches, family members, and local communities that support this program by providing moral and financial support and prayers for pastors who are committed to continuing their education in order to better serve their local congregation.

    Thank you for the privilege of serving you, and for your continued prayers and support as we together serve the mission of The United Methodist Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    Rev. Gail Lewis, Director and Registrar 


    Quick Links:

    2017-2018 Brochure (Click to download)
    2017-2018 Registration Form (Click to download)
    Admissions Information
    Location
    General Information About Courses
    2017-2018 Course Offerings 
    Daily Class Schedule
    Costs Per Course
    Housing
    Contact Information



    Admissions

    Requirements for enrollment in Course of Study include:

    • High School diploma
    • Recommendation by one’s District Superintendent
    • Recommendation by the designated officer of one’s Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (Local Pastor Registrar)
    • Completion of Candidacy Studies (approved candidate for local ministry)
    • Completion of Local Pastor’s Licensing School
    • Timely completion of the registration process (see below)

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    Location:

    Kenmore United Methodist Church - COS
    32 Landers Road, Kenmore, NY 14217

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    General Information About Courses:

    • Minimum enrollment requirement of 10 students per course. Full refunds (including registration fee) will be granted if a course is cancelled because of insufficient enrollment.
    • Course syllabi will be posted on this site approximately 3 months prior to the beginning of each course.
    • Students are expected to acquire books for courses on their own, since there is no bookstore on campus. Normally books can be ordered through Cokesbury or other online resources.  . Exceptions and additional sources should be stated in the syllabi. Please contact the Instructor of the course or the Director if you have questions.
    • It is expected that a significant portion of the reading, and possibly written assignments, will be due prior to or at the first meeting of class. Please be sure to study the syllabus for each course as soon as it is posted to allow sufficient time for preparation.

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    2016-2017 Course Offerings


    Year 1 Courses

    COS-123 “Formation and Discipleship”
    August 11-12 & September 15 -16, 2017
    Instructor, Barbara Bruce, Nationally known Christian Educator and Author
    Registration Due: June 2, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-122 “Theological Heritage I: Introduction”
    October 13-14 & November 17-18, 2017
    Instructor, Rev. Dr. Wendy Deichmann, Professor of Church History, United Theological Seminary 
    Registration Due: August 14, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-124 “Transformative Leadership"
    January 13-14 & February 17-18, 2018
    Instructor, Rev. Gregg Steirheim. Elder focusing on development of new faith communities for UNY Conference.
    Registration Due: November 28, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-121 "Bible I: Introduction"
    March 9-10 & April 13-14, 2018
    Instructor, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Lundgren, Pastor, Baldwinsville United Methodist Church, Baldwinsville, NY
    Registration Due: January 7, 2018
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    Year 2 Courses

    COS-224 “Administration and Polity”
    August 11-12 & September 15-16 , 2017 - CANCELLED

    COS-221 “Bible II: Torah and Israel’s History”
    October 13-14 & November 17-18, 2017
    Instructor,  Rabbi Dr. Allen Podet
    Registration Due: August 14, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-223 “Worship and Sacraments”
    January 13-14 & February 17-18, 2018
    Instructor,  TBD
    Registration Due: November 8, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-222 Theological Heritage II: Early Church”
    March 9-10 & April 13-14,  2018
    Instructor, Rev. Dr. John Tyson, Visiting Professor of Church History & Director of United Methodist Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester NY
    Registration Due: January 7, 2018
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    Year 3 Courses

    COS-321 “Bible III: Gospels”
    August 11-12 & September 15-16, 2017
    Rev. Dr. John Fulton, Retired Elder UNY Conference: Pastor, Chittenengo UMC
    Focus: Theology and Practice in the Old and New Testaments and Early Church
    Registration Due: June 2, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-322 “Theological Heritage III: Medieval Reformation”
    October 13-14 & November 17-18, 2017
    Instructor, Rev. Dr. John Tyson, Visiting Professor of Church History & Director of United Methodist Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester NY, Pastor, Arcade United Methodist Church, Arcade, NY
    Registration Due: August 14, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-324 “Preaching”
    January 12-13, 2018 & February 9-10, 2018
    Instructor, Rev. Dr. David Cooke,  Pastor, Finley Lake UMC; D.Min. Biblical Preaching, Beeson Leadership Program
    Registration Due: November 8, 2017 
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-323 “Congregational Care”
    March 9-10 & April 13-14,  2018
    Instructor, Rev. Dale Stanley, Former Manager, Spiritual Care Department, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, NY
    Registration Due: January 7, 2018
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    Year 4 Courses

    COS-424 “Ethics”
    August 11-12 & September 15-16, 2017 - CANCELLED

    COS-422 “Theological IV: Wesleyan Movement”
    October 13-14  & November 17-18, 2017
    Instructor, Rev. Dr. Duane Priset, Former Pastor, Retired Elder UNY Conference and  Author in Wesleyan Tradition
    Registration Due: August 14, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-421 “Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom Lit.”
    January 13-14 & February 17-18, 2018
    Instructor, Instructor, Dr. Rev. Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Canisius College, Buffalo NY.
    Registration Due: November  8, 2017
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

    COS-423 "Mission"
    March 9-10 & April 13-14,  2018
    Instructor, Rev. Craig French, Former Pastor, Former Buffalo Community Minister,   Retired Elder.  Syracuse University United Methodist Church, Syracuse, NY
    Registration Due: January. 7, 2018
    (Click here to download Syllabus)

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    Daily Class Schedule

    Each course will meet on a Friday/Saturday format as follows:

    Fridays:
    2:00-2:30 p.m.: Arrival, check-in, refreshments
    2:30-5:00 p.m.: Class
    5:00 p.m.: Community Worship
    5:30 p.m.: Dinner
    6:30-8:30 p.m.: Class

    Saturdays:
    7:45-8:30 a.m.: Coffee and Conversation
    8:30am-12:00 p.m.: Class
    12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
    1:00-3:00 p.m.: Class

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    Costs Per Course

    Costs should not prevent a person from enrolling in Course of Study. Contact your home Conference Board of Ordained Ministry about scholarship assistance. If you need assistance beyond what your home Conference can provide, please contact the Director of the Extension School.

    Please note: Registration forms and accompanying registration fee must be postmarked two months prior to the beginning of each course. $75 registration fees are not refundable unless the course is cancelled. Tuition and meal fee may be applied to another course scheduled within one year.

    A late fee of $25.00 will be charged for all registration forms not postmarked by the due date ( 60 days before courses begins). A late fee of $50.00 will be charged for tuition not postmarked by the due date (45 days before course begins).

    Fees: $75.00 (non-refundable unless course is cancelled)
    Tuition: $385.00
    Meals*: $ 40.00
    Total $500.00

    *Includes Friday night dinner, Saturday coffee or tea, and lunch, beverages and snacks.

    Consult the Student Handbook for procedures for withdrawing from a class.  Late withdrawals are charged a $150.00 fee which is deducted from any tuition that you have paid.   You have one year to use any remaining funds.

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    Housing

    Students are responsible for arranging their own overnight accommodations.

    There is a wide variety of hotels within 2-6 miles of Kenmore UMC for you to choose from.

    After contacting many of the local hotels we are recommending the Sleep Inn Buffalo-Amherst (3.7 miles from Kenmore UMC):
    Sleep Inn Amherst
    75 Innkeepers Lane
    Amherst, NY 14228
    716-691-6510

    We have made arrangements with the Sleep Inn Buffalo-Amherst for a special rate of $79.00 per night for a room with 1 bed or $85.00 per night for a room with 2 beds. Call Sleep Inn and tell them you are with UM Course of Study. Call as soon as you know you are registered for the course.

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    Contact Information

    Rev. Gail Lewis
    Director, UM COS Buffalo Extension
    32 Fradine Dr.
    Cheektowaga, NY 14227
    RevGML@aol.com
    (716) 984-1140

    Barbara Sercu, Staff Support
    United Methodist Course of Study
    Wesley Theological Seminary, Buffalo Extension
    32 Landers Rd.
    Kenmore, NY 14217
    bufcosoffice@gmail.com
    (716) 875-5091 Ext. 206

    RECOMMENDED: Please become familiar with the Student Handbook which is on this website.  The answers to many of the most common questions can be found in the Handbook. Do not hesitate to contact the office or the Director if you have questions about your particular situation.

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    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."