At Perkins School of Theology, the gifts and fruits and labor of theological study and teaching are available not only to those enrolled in regular courses but also to others throughout the church and wider community.
Each year more than 1,500 persons benefit from Perkins’ public programs such as Ministers Week, which offers lectures and workshops to practicing church professionals; Perkins Theological School for the Laity (formerly Laity Week), which brings together seminary professors who are leaders in their fields with committed laity to study Bible and theology; Perkins School of Youth Ministry and Perkins School of Children’s Ministry, both helping train professionals and volunteers who work with youth and children in the church.
Perkins houses several centers for theological research and education in service to the church, including The Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies, The Center for Religious Leadership, and Bridwell Library's Center for Methodist Studies. In response to Perkins' geographical and cultural setting in the southwestern United States, the Mexican American Program, The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions, and the Curso de Estudio provide educational services for Hispanic ministries.
Perkins also offers a variety of programs for United Methodist church professionals, including certification programs in Church Music, Christian Education, and Youth Ministry, and the Course of Study School for United Methodist local pastors.
Numerous additional events are frequently available to the general public as well.
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