Office of External Programs

We strive to offer creative learning and research opportunities from the southwestern region to the global community and the Church universal, so that participants will be refreshed and equipped for their lifelong spiritual journey.


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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.

Annual Gatherings

Each year church and community leaders benefit from Perkins’ programs such as Perkins Fall Convocation, which offers lectures and workshops to practicing church professionals; Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning, which highlights seminary professors who are leaders in their fields to facilitate studies in Bible and contemporary issues in theology; and Perkins School of Youth Ministry, which brings comprehensive training to family ministry leaders. 

Courses and Certificates

Our Courses and Certificate in Practical Ministry is a continuing education track designed for persons looking for specialized training in relevant, applicable, practical knowledge that informs and empowers their life-long spiritual journey and ministry.

Centers and Grant Initiatives

Perkins houses several centers for theological research and education in service to the church, including the Center for Preaching Excellence, the Center for Religious Leadership and the Testimony HQ grant initiative.