Register through Nov. 20 for online UM history course for Spanish speakers; class starts Jan. 15


An online course about United Methodist history for Spanish speakers (La Historia de la Iglesia Metodista Unida) will be offered Jan. 15 to March 25 by the Office of Clergy Formation at the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education

Registration for the course is open through Monday, Nov. 20.

United Methodist History is one of three classes (United Methodist Polity, Doctrine and History) in the Advanced Course of Study program designed for those serving as local pastors or those seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church. 

The online Course of Study helps those working full or part-time in ministry access the courses needed to complete educational requirements for ordination and service. However, the program was revamped in 2016 to provide a more innovative and interactive experience for students.

Course of Study students can interact with professors and collaborate with fellow studies online for a portion of their courses.

The online Course of Study program offers ten-week terms in January and August of each year. Eight of the required classes for the program are available online:

  • 121: Bible I: Introduction
  • 122: Theological Heritage I
  • 123: Formation and Discipleship
  • 124: Transformative Leadership
  • 221: Bible II: Torah and Israel's History
  • 222: Theological Heritage II: Early Church
  • 224: Administration and Polity
  • 321: Bible III
The remaining 12 classes required for the Course of Study must be completed within an approved regional or extension school. The lists of approved Regional Course of Study programs and Extension School Course of Study programs are available on the GBHEM website.

To learn more about GBHEM’s Course of Study program, visit

To learn more about Course of Study for the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church, contact the Nashville Episcopal Area Office of Ministerial Concerns: CLICK HERE. This office serves the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences that together make up the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church.

Course of Study participants also should work closely with their district superintendent for correct Course of Study requirements and approvals.