World Mission Initiative's main vision and purpose is mission mobilization! We hope to lead the church to rediscover its purpose, calling, and missional center.
World Mission Initiative is dedicated to:
- developing mission vision,
- nurturing missionary vocations,
- cultivating missional congregations
WMI is Seminary-Based
This initiative for world mission is located at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. We have our offices on campus, and are led by an advisory board representing the faculty, administration, staff, and Board of Directors at Pittsburgh Seminary, in addition to local churches. WMI provides global mission experiences for students, offers programs on campus to raise awareness of global mission issues, and can help students locate overseas internships. All of this is for the goal of preparing students to lead missional congregations as part of their basic theological education.
WMI is Relational
WMI links together three important players in our missionary obedience: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Global Mission Partners, and local churches. At the Seminary, we offer the link between the classroom and the mission field. With relationships in many countries, WMI offers students the opportunity to build relationships with leaders from the church in Asia, African, and Latin America. Through partnership with congregations in our region, 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.
WMI’s congregational focus seeks to support, educate, and encourage congregations so that they can grow in their knowledge and commitment to mission. We strive to point congregations to God's work in the world and how they can get involved by providing mission resources including assistance with research or listings on this site. WMI consultants are available to speak, consult, and/or teach at area churches. 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, 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 is designed for recent university graduates who are interested in discerning and preparing for Christian vocation. The certificate offers a neo-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.
Don Dawson, director
World Mission Initiative
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206