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 have offered 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 TX
Early Registration (by Sept. 26): $299
Registration (by Nov. 21): $349
Late Registration (by Dec. 14): $399

Special Session
January 7, 2019
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas TX
Registration: $30
Registration with Lunch: $40

+ SMU Student Discount 35% off with code "Breathe" You will be asked to show your SMU ID at check-in
+ Group Registration 20% each after one
+ UMC Conference Coordinators free with code "Conference Coordinator"


Foundations offers youth workers and volunteers an extensive course on primary material for ministry including: 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:
Ministry Practice (Orthopraxy)
Shaping Hearts (Orthopathy)
Shaping Minds (Orthodoxy)
Congregational Youth Ministry


This year's special session, "As Your Poet's Have Spoken: Faith, Hip Hop, and Proclamation," with Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, may be attended as a stand-alone course or added to Workshops track.


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.

Applications will be available online on August 1, 2018 and must be completed before November 12, 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 course)
+Theology for Youth (Jan. 6-10 afternoon course)


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