United Methodist Studies Course

United Methodist Studies Course



United Methodist Studies at Perkins School of Theology

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.

Download syllabus for assignments, required book list and other material to prepare for the course. 

Taught by Perkins Faculty:

Dr. Ted A. Campbell, Associate Professor of Church History, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University SMU 
Bishop D. Max Whitfield, Bishop in Residence and Director of the Center for Religious Leadership at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University SMU 
Ted A. Campbell
Professor of Church History  
  Rebekah Miles
Professor of Ethics and Practical Theology
Director, Graduate Program in Religious Studies
  D. Max Whitfield
Bishop in Residence
Director, Center for Religious Leadership 

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) 

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