United Methodist Studies Online
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to offer all six courses prescribed in the Book of Discipline in an online format. These courses explore topics critical to the contemporary church through a variety of perspectives and voices, and will equip you for congregational leadership in the 21st century.
Designed and taught by our core United Methodist faculty members, this is not a MOOC (massive open online course). Through these online courses you will receive individual attention, be stretched theologically, and exposed to new models of ministry. Contributors include senior faculty members in the fields of United Methodist studies, evangelism, liturgy, and church leadership. Combining the convenience of online education with rigorous academic, these classes set the hallmark of United Methodist studies in an online format.
Online Courses Offered Biannually
United Methodist History
In this course, students learn about the origins of the Wesleyan tradition and its expressions in the UMC. It explores the roots of the movement in the Anglican Church, the Wesleyan Revival of the 18th century, and the history of the institutional and theological development of the American Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren traditions.
United Methodist Doctrine
This course helps familiarize students with the theology of John Wesley, specifically through the exploration of his sermons. The sermons are a starting point for understanding Methodist theology, which seeks to contextualize the Christian faith in a connectional structure within the church.
United Methodist Polity
This course uses the Book of Discipline of the UMC to explore the ecclesiological forms, configurations of governance, and issues of church membership, as they are expressed in United Methodist polity.
Online Courses Offered Every Other Academic Year
United Methodist Worship
The authorized worship resources of the UMC, with attention to their history, theology, and practice will be utilized in this course. In particular, we explore the shape and practice of Christian prayer, liturgical time, the relationship of word and sacrament, and the liturgical pastoral offices of the Church.
Theology of Evangelism
Students in this course will be equipped to formulate their own conceptualizations of evangelism. They will do so by examining various theologies and biblical teachings, coming to understand evangelism as a practice of the church.
Intro to Global Christianity
The course offers an introduction to Christianity as a worldwide movement. We will study factors that contributed to and sustain Christianity’s current shape, reach, and impact by examining cultural, ethical, and theological challenges facing mission and ministry in a world church.
Ready to Enroll?
Garrett-Evangelical has agreements with institutions affiliated with a number of denominations to assist students who are seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church. If you are a student in one of the following institutions, please contact your registrar for information on how to enroll.
- Association of Chicago Theological Schools
- Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
- Ecumenical Theological Seminary
- The University of Chicago Divinity School
All other students should contact Garrett-Evangelical's Admission's Office by email at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or call, 1.800.SEMINARY (outside of Chicago) or 847.866.3945.
Contact the Admissions Office at GetAdmitted@Garrett.edu or call, 1.800.SEMINARY (outside of Chicago) or 847.866.3945.
- Operating System
- Mac: OS X 10.5 or higher, 450MHz PowerPC G3 processor or higher recommended
- PC: Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2 or later, Vista, 7, Home, or Student.
- Other: Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 or later, openSUSE® 11 or later, Ubuntu 7.10 or later, or Solaris™ 10.
- Ram: 1 GB (gigabyte) or more
- Hard Drive: 10 GB or more
- The capacity to watch multiple video formats:
- Soundcard and speakers (or headphones)
- Display: 15” monitor or larger (Some 13” will work); resolution should be 600 X 800 pixels or higher.
- Current version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash player
- Web Browsers: Moodle is optimized for Firefox but works well with most browsers.
- Internet Explorer 7
- Firefox 3.6.6
- Google Chrome 2.0
- Safari 3.0
- Opera 9.5
- AOL 9.0
- Broadband is highly recommended and is defined as:
- Upload transfer rate of at least 1.0 megabits/second (or higher), and
- Download rate of 2.0 - 4.0 megabits/second (or higher)
- Cookies must be enabled.
Bold Leaders for the Church, the Academy and the World
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary continuously implements new and emerging technologies to reach out to as many people as possible and to prepare spiritual leaders in every stage of their lives and ministries. While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes.
Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.