Intentionally Practical. Intentionally Theological.

Perkins School of Youth Ministry, under the direction of The Office of External Programs at Perkins School of Theology at SMU, coordinates training programs exclusively designed to resource those in the church whose ministries focus on youth and young adults. Every January since 1988, we have offered our Perkins School of Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas, with specialized three tracks: Foundations Training, Workshops, and Youth Ministry Certification.

Conference details

For Foundations and Workshops Tracks:
January 6-9, 2020
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas TX

+ SMU Student Discount 35% off with code
+ UMC Conference Coordinators free with code


Foundations offers youth workers and volunteers an extensive course on primary material for ministry including: Professionalism, Management, Volunteers, Safety, Relationships, Programming, Missions, Leadership, Adolescent Development, Budgeting, Teaching, Communication, Trips, Resources, and more.


Our ministry workshops are designed to provide key conversations around practical skills and implementation opportunities in four different comprehensive ministry tracks:
+ Practice of Youth Ministry
+ Theology of Youth Ministry
+ Spiritual Leadership in Youth Ministry
+ Congregational Youth Ministry

Certification TRACK

Youth Ministry Certification courses are designed to provide graduate academic training These courses also help persons qualify for Certification in the Youth Ministry through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC.

Applications will be available online on August 21, 2019 and must be completed before November 8, 2019 for consideration in our 2019 program.



Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Education
Perkins School of Theology - SMU
Office of External Programs
(214) 768-1333

PSYM Design Team

Joy Allen
Rev. Wes Cain
Claire Condrey
John Cravens
Julie Lafosse
Charlie Ludden
Rev. Walt Marcum
Michelle Moore
Chris Wilterdink