1816 - Course of Study

 

That 1816 General Conference mandated the creation of a course of study for all aspiring clergy.  From that point forward, a standard of learning had to be achieved, in addition to mentoring, for leaders to be ordained or licensed by the Methodist church. A reading list was compiled, aspiring clergy purchased books from the church publishing arm, and the Bishop or other clergy conducted oral and written examinations.  Candidates had to speak intelligently on doctrine and the Bible.

And today, through Methodist seminaries, extension sites and satellites, the Course of Study provides education and formation for 30% of pastors in the United States, and as much as 70% of pastors outside the U.S.  This educational process has created an affordable, empowering pathway for licensed pastors across the globe, expanding the numbers of those who are equipped for ministry.

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