Intentionally Practical. Intentionally Theological.

At Perkins School of Theology, the gifts and labor of theological study are available not only to those enrolled in regular courses but also to others throughout the church and wider community. Perkins School of Youth Ministry, under the direction of Perkins' Office of External Programs, coordinates training programs exclusively designed to resource those in the church whose ministries focus on youth and young adults. Every January since 1988, we offer our Perkins School of Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas, with specialized tracks for Foundations Training, Workshops, and Youth Ministry Certification.

Conference details

For Foundations & Workshops
January 7-10, 2019
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas
Early Registration (by Sept. 26) $299
Registration (by Nov. 21) $349
Late Registration (by Dec. 14) $399
+ Perkins Seminary Student Discount 30% off with code "SMU Student"
+ Group Registration 20% each after one
+ UMC Conference Coordinators free with code "Conference Coordinator"


Foundations offers youth ministry workers and
volunteers an extensive course on primary
material for ministry including: Ministry Basics, Management, Volunteers, Safety, Relationships, Programming, Missions, Leadership, Adolescent Development, Budgeting, Teaching, Retreats, Group Building, Resources, and more.


Our ministry workshops are newly designed to
provide practical skills and key implementation
opportunities in four different comprehensive
ministry tracks:
Ministry Practice (Orthopraxy)
Shaping Hearts (Orthopathy)
Shaping Minds (Orthodoxy)
Integrated Models of Ministry


Youth Ministry Certification courses are designed to provide graduate academic training to help persons qualify for Certification in the Youth Ministry through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC. Certification candidates must be accepted by application prior to course registration. Application forms will be available online on August 1, 2018 and must be completed before October 30, 2018 for consideration in our 2019 program. Registration for accepted applicants will open August 22, 2018. We will offer three courses for Youth Ministry in January 2019:

+UMC Studies (Jan. 3-5)
+Adolescent World (Jan. 6-10 morning)
+Theology for Youth (Jan. 6-10 afternoon)


Bart Patton
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Education
Perkins School of Theology - SMU
(214) 768-1333

PSYM Design Team

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