Saturday Morning Courses

The annual Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning offers a wide range of theological mini-courses for laypersons, community leaders and clergy. Somewhere between seminary and Sunday School, Summit leverages the rich learning community of Perkins School of Theology to provide a unique, self-paced experience in theological education—for the church and world. Come for a half-day or spend the whole two days with us. Participants are free to design a customized Summit plan!

Houston Summit August 23-24, 2024

Registration Opens May 31!

photo of April Johnson Bristow

Praying Again, for the First Time

Rev. Dr. April Johnson Bristow, Associate Director of the Intern Program and Advising

How is your prayer life? Thriving? A little dull? What prayer life? No matter your response, you are invited to this dynamic 3-hour experiential class designed for the longtime person of faith or those new to faith, those who are flourishing in faith and those whose prayer life is stagnant. Create, re-create, renew, or deepen your prayer life through a blend of interactive activities, scriptural exploration, and theological engagement. Embark on a journey of rediscovery, exploring different types of prayer and rekindling a vibrant connection with God. Participants will leave with prayer practices to add to their spiritual growth toolkit. 

Registration Opens May 31!

Testimony: The Church’s Hidden Power

Suzi Pitts, Director of Communications, St. Luke’s UMC Houston

with Bart Patton, Director of the Office of External Programs

A testimony is a good story that is also a God story. More than your Christian biography, it is telling, whether in a worship setting or casual conversation, where we see God’s presence and activity in our lives.
However, many people are not sure how to talk about God in today’s world. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to share your testimony with gentleness and respect and coach others both inside your worshipping community and out and about in your neighborhood. You’ll engage with leaders and best practices from the Testimony HQ Initiative at Perkins School of Theology, currently resourcing over thirty congregations as they re-center community engagement around testimony.

Registration Opens May 31!

Please note that online registration will close August 9, 2024. Refunds (less $25 fee) will be available up to 7 days prior to the event.