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The Certificate program is 15 months, generally running from June to September of the following year, and designed to avoid conflict with major Christian liturgical holidays.
We think of adaptive as the quality of being able to shift in the way we think and act—to learn to be and do a new thing as the circumstances of our calling require it. We think of “innovative” as that which bubbles up from the adaptation. Now that we have shifted, what new thing is being envisioned and brought forth? That new thing is innovation.
We extend a wide welcome to theological differences around the table whenever we gather, but there is no room for de-humanizing, ad-hominem attacks, or exclusive speech or behavior. The AIM program abides by the seminary’s inclusion policy, but more than that is convinced that voices that have not been welcomed or centered in many Christian spaces are often the prophetic voices we most need to hear. The program invites all attendees to listen and to trust the sincere faithfulness of others at the table.
If you are looking for a program to walk with you as you continue to lead in your home context, the Certificate in Adaptive and Innovative Ministry allows you to gather in-person with your cohort five times over 15 months, while practicing what you learn after and between those in-person intensives. No moving needed and your tuition even covers all your in-person meals and a shared room for your stay, no matter where we are gathering!
Faith-Based Nonprofit Training is also conducted via Zoom and offers a quick series of trainings that cover some of what they may not have taught you in school.
Not likely! We find that the classroom is at its richest when we gather a variety of perspectives and faith traditions in the room.
You can check out our blog and if you are seeking a more in-depth understanding, Sustaining Grace: Innovative Ecosystems for New Faith Communities is a collection of essays that came from a conversation hosted at PTS about sustainability for new and established faith communities. If you are seeking ways to think about transformational leadership in established churches, Professor Scott Hagley has written the incredibly insightful Eat What is Set Before You.
Yes, Melody the dog regularly recommends books, sleeps at our feet, and supports the faithful contextual ministry of walking the neighborhood. Leo Hagley, newest member of the mascot team, is growing into his role as dog about town and continues to be very diligent in eating what is set before him—even if it is a shoe.