Recognizing the dynamic life of the Church and Christ’s call on Christian leaders whose vision transcends traditional boundaries, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary provides solid theological education combined with relevant practical preparation for mission-oriented ministry through the Master of Divinity program with Church Planting Emphasis.
Church Planting Requirements
In addition to the regular requirements for Master of Divinity students, those pursuing the church planting emphasis must also complete:
- Courses in church planting and evangelism
- Concentration in gospel and culture and church leadership and ministry in selected courses
- Specialized internships emphasizing observation of, participation in, and cultivation of new worshiping communities. These three components may be completed in separate internships (part-time during an academic year or full-time in a summer) or a one-year, full-time supervised internship in church planting.
- Participation in a cohort with other church planting emphasis students while enrolled in the emphasis. Participation in a cohort will include retreats, regular reflection on coursework and internships, and shared spiritual practices.
- A short-term international experience related to church planting.
The list of church plants started by PTS alums is ever growing. Watch below as the Rev. Chris Brown '08, co-pastor of The Upper Room, a church plant in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, talks about his ministry with fellow PTS alum the Rev. Michael Gehrling '08. WATCH VIDEO
Other church plants doing amazing work for Christ and communities includes
- Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Led by the Rev. Jeff Eddings '08 and the Rev. Jim Walker '03, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community is sharing God's word in Pittsburgh's South Side and beyond. Learn more. WATCH VIDEO
- The Open Door A missional church community, The Open Door serves Pittsburgh's East End and is led by the Rev. BJ Woodworth '07 (pastor) and the Rev. John Creasy '06 (associate pastor). Additionally, John is also director of the Garfield Community Farm. Learn more.
- House of Manna Located in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, the Rev. Eugene Blackwell '05 leads the House of Manna, a faith community for everyday people. Learn more. WATCH VIDEO
Interested in our Church Planting Emphasis? Apply online for our Master of Divinity program.
Read about our Church Planting Initiative for more information on the Church Planting emphasis and the importance of starting new churches.