If you've completed one certificate with us, you do not need to repeat core courses. We will work with you, individually, to make sure you build a course load that meets your specialization needs and adds vital tools to your ministry leadership toolbox.
We hope that more than one specialization will be relevant and applicable to many of you! Returning certificate students who wish to continue their education with additional specializations may be eligible for a course reduction. Please contact our office to discover your course reduction options.
You can complete the program at your own pace, based on the availability of your courses. The program is designed for students to complete the program at a pace that fits their work and life schedule, in two - five years. Students are welcome to take one class each term, or take classes in January or May only. The certificate must be complete within ten years of a student's first course.
Our courses are perfect for undergraduate students who are working in the church, or feel they may be called to ministry in some way, but are not ready for graduate school yet.
First, there is no such thing as "just a lay person." Lay people ARE the Church! We couldn't *do* church if it weren't for lay folks just like you. Our courses are designed to engage all people who are in ministry in the church in relevant, applicable ways.
We value ecumenism and are excited to have faculty who represent several denominations teaching our courses. Our courses are designed to teach you to think theologically in relevant, applicable ways-- no matter your context, or denominational affiliation.
As a GBHEM approved school, we have partnered with The United Methodist Church to supply courses work for United Methodist Certification for over thirty years. We have carefully crafted our courses to meet the educational requirements defined for certification. Candidates for United Methodist Certification will still receive a Certificate in Practical Ministry from SMU Perkins. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for filling out and filing your paperwork with GBHEM and your Board of Ordained Ministry before starting course work.
If you have completed your course work since January 2018 and are in current good standing with GBHEM and your annual conference, you can transfer your certificate to a Perkins Certificate in Practical Ministry. Contact our office for more details.