Make Plans to Attend Perkins School of Youth Ministry, Jan. 9-12, 2017

Marlon F. Hall, other leaders will lend insight on growing youth programs

DALLAS (SMU) – Registration has begun for the 2017 Perkins School of Youth Ministry, scheduled for January 9-12 in Dallas. Filmmaker and author Marlon F. Hall headlines a dynamic group of speakers and workshop leaders for the conference, which will take place at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

Perkins School of Youth Ministry is a training and networking opportunity for youth ministry pastors, practitioners and volunteers who are passionate about youth ministry. At PSYM, youth ministry workers will study with respected scholars in the field of theological education and various leaders in Christian ministry to understand the theory and practice of youth ministry; build relationships and network with their peers; refine their skills and vision for youth ministry; and renew their calling through prayer, discernment, worship and fellowship.

The theme for PSYM 2017 is "Dream Again," focusing on helping youth ministry workers make the connections between ministry training, experience and practice. Participants may select all of their three workshops in one of the conference’s four specialized tracks (orthopraxy, orthopathy, orthodoxy and family ministry), or mix and match three workshop selections.

Hall will deliver the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9. He is a storyteller who uses photography, anthropology, filmmaking and writing to share stories of love, imagination and passion. In addition to creating films through Folklore Films, Hall is the cultural architect and spiritual leader of The Awakenings Movement, a grassroots community of social visionaries and culture shapers in Houston, Detroit and Nairobi.

Also available as part of PSYM is the Foundations class, which offers new youth ministry workers or volunteers an extensive course on foundational material for youth ministry. It focuses on important topics that are essential for leaders in youth ministry. This course is offered during all four periods each day. Foundations participants will also be mentored by experienced, veteran youth workers in the year between their coursework to give extra support as they learn to practically apply the Foundations material to their own local church ministry.

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Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pastoral Music as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.