Perspective 2018-06-27T14:45:35+00:00

Letter from the Dean

Servant Leadership Christian faith is paradoxical in so many ways. The early church preached “Christ crucified” (1 Cor.1:23), a declaration that must have seemed an oxymoron. The Christ, the Messiah, was expected to be a victor, not a victim. The pre-Christian Paul himself appears to have regarded the crucifixion as proof that Jesus was cursed by God (Gal. 3:13). It [...]

Q&A with Dean Hill

Dean Craig C. Hill’s Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus (Eerdmans, 2016) has found a readership among United Methodist church leaders, church members more generally, and in the secular world. Hill talked to Sam Hodges about the book and about nurturing servanthood at Perkins. What made you want to write about servanthood, ambition, and the Christian life? Both personal and professional reasons. I’ve been reading the Bible most of my life and therefore was aware of [...]

June 4, 2018|

Development News

John A. Martin Director of DevelopmentPerkins School of Theology Developing personal finances for the future is an ongoing task. We set aside money in our 401(k) or 403(b) accounts. We look forward to taking Social Security rather than simply paying it. And we hope that our financial obligations shrink. In the midst of our long-range plans, we have bills to pay, unexpected car repairs and other expenses to which we must attend — a roof, a water heater, [...]

June 4, 2018|

Students Reflect on their Perkins Experience

“Perkins strives to assist students in discovering and empowering their voices as they define and refine their theology and understanding of their roles as faith leaders and pastors. Perkins empowers its students to lead by giving them a safe space to explore and fail and learn as they discover their voice — their identity as faith leaders and pastors through worship, course work, internship and student organizations.” Amber Oxley (M.Div. ’18)   “Perkins is unique because it truly does provide [...]

June 4, 2018|

Perkins Students Take ‘Servant Leadership’ Into the Community

Through a new Perkins initiative, students, faculty and staff are discovering fresh, meaningful ways to both learn and serve throughout North Texas. Dean Craig C. Hill launched the effort in 2017 with the appointment of Tracy Anne Allred as assistant dean of student life and director of community engagement. Her mandate, she said, was to seek new opportunities for Perkins “to engage in meaningful ways with a wide range of creative, entrepreneurial and vital ministries.” Under her guidance, Perkins students [...]

June 4, 2018|

Perkins Launches Hybrid Houston-Galveston Degree Program

Students in Perkins School of Theology’s Houston-Galveston Extension Program will be able to earn the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) degree completely on-site through a groundbreaking distance-education program scheduled to launch in fall 2018. Through intensive and hybrid courses, students from the Houston-Galveston region — or those who travel to Houston — can earn the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in three years or Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) degree in two years. [...]

June 4, 2018|

Innovative Initiatives Extend Perkins’ Mission

Committed to those called to serve so that they might be empowered to lead Degree Concentrations In partnership with Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts, two new concentrations — in Church/Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation and Nonprofit Engagement — are now offered to M.Div. and M.A.M. students. Perkins is also in conversation with Simmons School of Education about a joint degree offering.   Technology A number of Perkins faculty members have now been trained to teach [...]

June 4, 2018|
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