Lay and Professional Certificates

Lay and Professional Certificates

What Lay and Professional Certificates Are Offered?

Perkins School of Theology offers a variety of certificate programs for lay persons and church professionals seeking to deepen their Christian discipleship and enhance their vocational effectiveness. Certificate programs are designed to develop the skills and leadership of those who desire to serve the church particularly through the following specialized ministries:

Christian Education, Children's Ministry and Older Adult Ministry
Church Music*

NEW WINTER 2019 HYBRID COURSE - United Methodist Studies

The United Methodist Studies course will provide a one-stop-shop introduction to Methodist history, theology, and polity in a hybrid format (half online and half in-class) in order to deepen students’ understanding of and appreciation for Methodism today. This course is perfect for personnel in a United Methodist local church, for teachers of United Methodist confirmation classes, and for new and longtime members in United Methodist churches.

Why Enroll in a Certificate Program?
A certificate program affords the opportunity to grow professionally and spiritually, develop new skills, be encouraged and refreshed, and make long lasting connections with others who are active in similar ministries in the local congregation. 
Who Can Enroll in Certificate Programs? 
Persons affiliated with the United Methodist Church as well as other denominational and non-denominational churches are encouraged to enroll. Certificate programs offer those who serve in the church an opportunity to grow in competence and creativity and to enrich and enhance their ministry. Students earn a continuing education certificate for each course completed.  

These certificate programs are not applicable to United Methodist Certification. For information on United Methodist Certification programs visit here


*Currently our Church Music Certificate Program has been suspended, pending the hire of a Director of the Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology.