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Appalachian Local Pastors School Information

If you have any questions or need further information call the ALPS office at 513-979-8164 or email

United Methodist Course of Study in Kentucky

Appalachian Local Pastors School (ALPS) was the realization of a longtime dream to offer training for ministry for those indigenous to Appalachia. The school began in 1991 with seven students. Currently, yearly attendance is approximately 100 local pastors from 18 annual conferences of The United Methodist Church.

The mission of the Appalachian Local Pastors School is the spiritual and academic formation of persons who are willing to identify with the people, share the gospel and give leadership for the development of strong and effective congregations.

Participants in the Appalachian Local Pastors School will be challenged both academically and spiritually by the outstanding instructors who are known for their expertise in their own fields of ministry.

ALPS is sponsored by the Red Bird Missionary Conference and The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

Appalachian Local Pastors School Course Offerings

The Appalachian Local Pastors School offers two formats for taking Course of Study classes, May School and Weekend School.

The May School meets for two weeks at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Classes meet Monday through Friday, four hours each day for a total of 20 hours per class.

The Weekend Schools are held in Madisonville, Kentucky and London, Kentucky. These classes meet for two weekends, beginning on Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Each weekend consists of 10 hours for a total of 20 hours per class.

Congregational Development (CD) consists of eight courses that emphasize the development of skills for training lay leadership to carry out the ministries of the local church. Please notice that the Congregational Development (CD) courses may have different titles then the COS courses. The COS number for each CD course is indicated in second column.

Year 1

101 311 New Testament I
102 114 Prayer and Planning
103 112 Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
104 213 Christian Education for Congregational Development

Year 2

201 313 Strategies and Models for Evangelism
202 513 Leadership and Planning
203 214 Biblical Preaching
204 113 Pastoral Care for Evangelism

Additional Course of Study Offerings

In addition to the eight courses in the Congregational Development program, ALPS will offer additional course of study classes. Check the schedule to see what is currently being offered and when.