World Mission Initiative exists to serve the church in the mission of God. Believing that God calls, gifts, and sends God’s people into God’s world, we help individuals and congregations rediscover their purpose, calling, and missional identity.
World Mission Initiative is dedicated to:
- developing mission vision,
- nurturing missionary vocations, organize
- cultivating missional congregations
For those excited by the thought of combining their love for God and people, participating in WMI’s program is a perfect next step for those interested in pursuing a calling in social work.
WMI provides cross-cultural engagement for students through a variety of mission trips; offers programs on campus to raise awareness of global mission issues; and assists students in arranging overseas internships in community development, social work, biblical counseling, teaching, church-planting, evangelism, advocacy, and so much more – All toward the goal of preparing students to lead the church missionally and inter-culturally as part of their basic theological education.
WMI is Seminary-Based
WMI is an integral part of the academic program of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with an advisory board representing the faculty, administration, Board of Directors at Pittsburgh Seminary, and regional church leaders.
WMI is Relational
WMI links together three constituencies in our common missionary calling:
- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary;
- global mission partners; and
- local churches.
At the Seminary we bridge the gap between the classroom and God’s world. With partnerships in many countries, WMI offers students, pastors, and church leaders the opportunity to build relationships with leaders from churches in Asia, African, and Latin America. We are always expanding our relationships overseas and working together to learn what it means to be sent into the world and into our own communities.
In congregations WMI seeks to support, educate, and encourage so that they can grow in their knowledge and commitment to mission. We strive to point congregations toward God's work in the world and how they can get involved by providing mission resources (through the website and personally). WMI’s leadership is available to speak, consult, and/or teach at area churches–Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Erie, Indiana. Additionally, we help pastors and committees network to learn more about mission programs and education, as well as trip planning. WMI offers the biennial conference at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, which is packed with educational workshops and speakers. WMI also plans various mission workshops and seminars throughout the year.
Certificate in World Christian Discipleship
The certificate in World Christian Discipleship prepares recent university graduates for mission and discipleship in the marketplace and the church. By participating in a missional, neo-monastic community, WCD invites young adults into a way of life and service that helps them to understand and discern their Christian vocation regardless of chosen occupation (pastor, church planter, lawyer, teacher, missionary, social workers, etc.). The program is rather non-traditional and a bit experiential.
Students live a simple life reflecting on Scripture and great interpreters of the faith and serving the East End community and churches in Pittsburgh, while living in Christian community. This small group of six-12 ethnically diverse individuals from across the nation is committed to living according to a religious rule and accountable to one another in the midst of 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. Find out more about this program.
The Rev. Dr. Don Dawson, director
World Mission Initiative
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Those passionate about missions and serving both local Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania communities and those across the world may also have an interest in our Masters of Divinity and Masters of Social Work (MDiv/MSW) joint degree program, helping to fine-tune the counseling and social work skill set needed to work in under-served communities with the backing of a strong foundation in theology.