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Course of Study Satellite School at McMurry University

Satellite schools are administered directly by Perkins Regional Course of Study School and offer courses semi-annually for part-time local pastors only.
Course of Study Satellite School at McMurry University – Classes meet once a month on Saturday for three months in the spring and fall.

Registration is now open!

Local full-time pastors cannot take classes at satellite schools.


Spring 2020 Course: 121 Bible I: Introduction

Instructor: Sean Smith

Registration Deadline: January 10, 2020

Class Sessions in Abilene:

• February 22, Saturday
• March 21, Saturday
• April 25, Saturday


• Course Tuition: $230.00
• Registration Fee (non-refundable): $100.00

*Costs do not cover travel, housing, or meals. Students are responsible for making their travel arrangements, reserving their hotel room, and covering the costs of the aforementioned accommodations.


To fully register for this course, please follow these steps:
1. Print and fully complete the Required Signatures Page and obtain the approval, and signatures, of your District Superintendent and Local Pastor Registrar. You can attach the document to your online registration form or email it to
2. Fully complete the online registration.

The last day to register is January 10, 2020.

Register Now

For questions and help with online registration, please call 214-768-2265, Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 am - 3:00 pm (CST) or email for any non-time sensitive questions.

Cancellation Policy

The deadline to cancel your registration, and to receive a partial refund, is January 31. Your refund will be reduced by $75.00 for administrative fees. Costs will not be reimbursed if canceled after January 31.


Submit your total payment in the form of a check or money order payable to Perkins School of Theology and mail it to:

Course of Study School
Perkins School of Theology
PO Box 750133
Dallas, TX 75275

Your payment must be received at the office of Perkins Course of Study School before the beginning of the course. If you have questions about registration or payment, please contact us at or 214-768-2265.

Pre-Class Assignments

Pre-class assignments must be submitted through Canvas by February 7, 2020.

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Required Readings

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Access to Canvas

To access Canvas, you need a SMU ID, which will be sent to you after you enroll in the Study Course and after you have processed your right to access your Canvas account. For more information, contact Diana Briones at 214-768-2265 or write an email to

To access your Canvas account, visit this link:
Use these resources to familiarize yourself with the Canvas learning system: Canvas Tutorials Videos.

For more information contact:

Dr. John B. Miller, Assistant Director of the Course of Study Satellite School at McMurry University |

About John B. Miller:
John B. Faulkenberry Miller is Professor of Religion at McMurry University, where he also serves as Assistant Director of the Perkins Course of Study Satellite Program for part-time United Methodist pastors.

He received his A.B. in classical languages from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M. Div. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. His research focuses primarily on dreams and visions as a medium of revelation in antiquity, but also includes the study of the Septuagint and Jewish apocalyptic literature from the Hellenistic and imperial periods. His most recent publications include the commentary notes for the text of 1 Maccabees in The CEB Study Bible, and an exploration of the Holy Spirit’s role in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. John is an ordained elder in the Northwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.