Thanks to a new partnership between Project Transformation National and Perkins School of Theology, young adults who serve internships with Project Transformation will have an opportunity for early admission and scholarship consideration at Perkins. Craig C. Hill, Dean of Perkins and Eric Lindh, CEO of Project Transformation National, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, September 18 at Perkins.
Project Transformation National’s flagship program is a summer intensive for college students, who live in Christian community, lead summer day camp programs for children and youth held at urban churches, and explore vocations in ministry service. Approximately 400 students are accepted as PT interns each summer; to date more than 3,000 alumni have completed the program, with the vast majority of alumni staying actively involved in ministry and service.
“The young people who emerge from Project Transformation’s intensive summer experience possess a heightened awareness of their unique gifts for ministry and a clearer understanding of what ministry requires,” said Hill. “They are exactly the kind of potential applicants Perkins looks to attract.”
In addition to providing opportunities for early decision and scholarship consideration for PT alumni nationwide, the agreement also strengthens the relationship between Perkins and Project Transformation by encouraging Perkins seminarians to serve in leadership roles during the summer as Project Transformation “house pastors,” gaining hands-on college ministry experience while serving as a liaison for Perkins and helping to connect PT interns with Perkins School of Theology. Perkins will also provide enrichment opportunities for young adults serving with Project Transformation chapters in the North Texas area to discuss seminary, ministry and ordination paths.
“This agreement capitalizes on the goals that Perkins and Project Transformation share, which is recruiting and equipping more young people for ministry and Christian leadership,” said Lindh. “Dozens of Project Transformation alumni have enrolled at Perkins over the years, and we are eager to deepen this relationship and encourage our growing alumni network to consider seminary study at Perkins as their next step in discerning God’s call on their lives.”
About Project Transformation National
Founded in 1998, Project Transformation is a national, United Methodist-affiliated nonprofit organization that operates through a network of eight affiliated Project Transformation chapters across the country. Approximately 400 college-age young adults are recruited annually to invest in the lives of over 3,200 children and youth from marginalized communities, while exploring a call to ministry and service. To learn more, visit www.projecttransformation.org.
About Perkins School of Theology
Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.