UM Studies Course

United Methodist Certifications

United Methodist Studies Course

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United Methodist Studies at Perkins School of Theology - January 2 - 4, 2020

Registration will open in August 2019.

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.

Students will:

  • Meet characters in the Methodist family, like John, Charles, and Susanna Wesley, Philip Otterbein, and Phoebe Palmer.
  • Investigate the basic tenets of Christianity through a Wesleyan lens.
  • Discover the ways and whys for the current structure of the United Methodist Church from the local church to General Conference.

This course, while required for students enrolled in a United Methodist Certification track, will also be beneficial for employees in a United Methodist local church, for teachers of United Methodist confirmation classes, and for new and longtime members in United Methodist churches.

Enrolled students will be assigned work outside of the classroom via, books, articles and videos before spending three days in a classroom setting on the beautiful campus of Southern Methodist University.

Taught by Perkins Faculty:

Ted A. Campbell Tamara Lewis D. Max Whitfield
Ted A. Campbell
Professor of Church History
Tamara Lewis
Assistant Professor of
the History of Christianity
D. Max Whitfield
Bishop in Residence
Director, Center for Religious Leadership


This Course is Designed for Persons Seeking:

  • United Methodist Certification through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in an area of specialized ministry.
  • Continuing Education Certificate (for laity, church personnel, teachers of United Methodist confirmation, new or longtime members of the United Methodist Church or any person wanting to learn the history of Methodism)


If you are interested in taking this course apart from a UM Certification track,
please contact Bart Patton at


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