World Christian Discipleship
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, through the World Mission Initiative, will offer a certificate program in World Christian Discipleship. The program—designed for recent university graduates who are interested in discerning and preparing for Christian vocation—offers a monastic missional encounter. The WCD allows young adults to discern and prepare for Christian vocation, regardless of occupation (pastor, church planter, lawyer, teacher, missionary, etc.). The program is non- traditional and experiential so students will live a simple life, they will live in community, and they will serve the East End community and churches in Pittsburgh while reflecting on Scripture and great interpreters of the faith. The community of about 12 will be a diverse ethnic community from across the nation, committed to living according to a religious rule, accountable to one another, while exploring the global needs of the Church.
Disciples work 15-20 hours per week in local businesses as a missional presence in the East End. In addition they volunteer with local ministries and are assigned to a local church plant or a church in redevelopment.
The World Mission Initiative exists to help others understand how God is at work in the world and how they can share in that work. WMI seeks to light a fire for mission while working to unite the resources of key mission entities: our local congregations, the Seminary, and the World Mission office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in order to advance the mission of Jesus Christ in our world of ever increasing need.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 380 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.