The Parish Focus is an opportunity for growth, challenge, study, and community with peers and faculty. Such a program is a gift of time for sufficient disengagement from the day-to-day responsibilities of ministry thereby facilitating collegiality and community and offering access and use of the total resources of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Through a series of two-week seminars, and the completion of an applied research project that addresses both the theory and practice of ministry, pastors and those engaged in specialized ministry are able to:
- integrate experience,
- step back and reflect in new ways,
- examine and deepen vocational and personal identity,
- form lasting collegial relationships, and
- develop a new level of insight, depth, and set of restorative practices.
While most candidates who elect the Parish Focus serve congregations, others with specialized ministries have found it a flexible vehicle adaptable to their own situations. These have included denominational posts, ecumenical agencies, prison work, and various school ministries. Involvement of the local congregation or agency is a necessary and valuable component of the Doctor of Ministry Program in ongoing course work and in the design and implementation of a Final Project.
Applications are accepted on a continual basis. Apply now to reserve your space in the next group. Focus groups meet in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Phoenix, Ariz.; St. Petersburg, Fla., and Charleston, S.C.
For more information, please contact the Doctor of Ministry Office:
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206